Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter Art!

This week we all enjoyed getting cozy with the new art room theme "The Winter Woods".  After looking at some very inspirational pictures of winter woods scenes, we discussed how artists, like writers, can appeal to the senses of their viewers.  While most of our art is still in progress, the 4th graders have finished the first of 2 projects involving not only the winter woods but also the concept of negative and positive space and symmetry.  Please enjoy taking a look at some of their beautiful work and hold on tight because next week's blog will show off some more Winter Woods masterpieces!

Evan F. H-4

Zoe L. H-4

Fiona M. H-4

Leah F. P-4

Pierce C. P-4

Connor P-4

Bailey E. P-4

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Winter Inspiration

As we move away from Thanksgiving and glide into the 3 weeks till the winter holiday break, I am so excited about my next theme in the art room!  Our theme will be A Walk in the Winter Woods.  All art projects will have this theme as we continue to learn a variety of concepts from the standard course of study and the essential standards.

I will also connect the visual arts curriculum to some of these wonderful reads from our library.  Have I mentioned how awesome our librarian, Mrs. Bryson is?  I'm sure you already know.  Children's literature is a wonderful way to teach young children about art.  The illustrations in these books are beautifully crafted in a variety of media.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Snow Tree by Caroline Repchuk

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick

I will leave you with a short poem written by yours truly that I have included on my haiku page for this week's introduction lessons about "A Walk in the Winter Woods"....Art is like a walk in the woods as it appeals to all of your senses.

A Walk Through the Winter Woods...
By Ticia Valentine

You see triangle shaped trees with a snowy layer of icing on top...

Sleepy trees with bare branches reach toward the cold, blue sky.

The snow covered ground crunches under the feet of brave creatures venturing out for something to eat...

A squirrel finds a branch to rest upon while the snowflakes flutter down on the world all around.
The blanket of snow seems to weigh heavy on the earth as you walk in the loud silence of the winter season.
A walk in the winter woods brings you safely back to the warmth of home as you smell the heady scent of smoke as it curls from the chimney... up to the starlit evening sky.
 If you made it this far, that means you read my poem.  Thank you for that.  The fruits of this winter inspiration will be displayed in the hallway as soon as we are finished.  Good things come to those who wait!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Owl Art

Owls are very inspiring!  As our students have been learning about owls over the past couple of weeks, they have also been learning some important art concepts. We have been focusing mostly on the Elements of Art (Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Space Value and Form), but the owl projects have opened up discussion of the Principles of Art (Pattern, Rhythm, Balance, Emphasis, Contrast, Movement and Unity) now.

Owls offer us an opportunity to play with pattern. The 4th Grade used watercolors and markers, the 1st Grade used watercolor and glitter paint and the 3rd Grade used oil pastels to create colorful, patterned owls. Please enjoy the following owl art by the classes of Childress, Gray and Hutton.

By Emma C-3

By Zoe C-3

By Brenton C-3

By Ethan B. C-3

By Ethan W. C-3

By Brigid C-3

By Dale G-1

By Brady G-1

By Ella G-1

By Addason G-1

By Sawyer G-1

By Zoe H-4

By Haley H-4

By Bridget H-4

By Jada H-4

By Anthony H-4

By Bret H-4

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Color and Kandinsky

A quick Advertisement for Volunteers.  The art room is in need of volunteers to help with hanging art and prepping supplies.  Please email Ms. Valentine if you think you can help.

Also in the art news....Try to make it by the Dare County Arts Council Gallery, formerly the court house, in Manteo.  All art programs in the county participated in making an Art Bomb to decorate the entrance.  Some of our students helped make yarn pom poms at the Fall Carnival for this. The bomb will remain in place for the entire month of November. 

This week we have had a blast learning about the color wheel and Kandinsky!  Kandinsky's favorite shape was the circle.  And, from the looks of it, my students feel the same.  

So what did we learn about color?

5th grade was introduced to tints and shades of colors, 4th grade identified complementary colors, 3rd grade worked with warm and cool colors and Kindergarten through 2nd grade learned about the location of the primary colors and secondary colors on the color wheel and experimented with mixing colors.  Some of us even learned that when you mix all three together you get brown!

There's just something about working with colors that is so soothing.  Many kids seemed so relaxed as they explored the surface of their papers with the paint.  What a great week in art class.  Please enjoy the following works of art from the classes of Davis, Potter, Jernigan, Sigler, and Smith.

Don't forget, next week will be OWL WEEK in the art room!