Thursday, October 24, 2013

School Wide Themes

So, over the last few weeks, I have realized that I like teaching with themes.  What I mean is when I choose a theme to form all lessons, K-5 around.  Some themes we have already experienced this year include the artists Piet Mondrian and Henri Matisse.  This week and next week the theme is the artist Wassily Kandinsky and circles.  Be sure to visit my haiku page to view the Kandinsky lesson.

I think the reason I enjoy teaching with themes is because this provides me with a sense of cohesion between the range of grades I teach. My personal goal in life is to live a balanced life in which all corners of my life have a common thread integrated.

With this goal of integration in mind, the art room will continue to focus on themes.  We will branch out and choose themes that will not only be artists and art styles, but also seemingly non-art related themes. Whenever we focus on a common theme, lessons will still be created to teach toward the  visual arts essential standards for each grade level.

Next week we will finish up our Kandinsky Style circle art.  Student samples will be posted here.  Then our next school wide theme will be OWLS!  Hootie-Hoo! Whooooooo likes owls?  Please feel free to share your ideas about other themes for the year.  My mind is wide open.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Autumn is such an inspiring time of year.  A time of change.  As the weather gets cooler, the leaves begin to change and the sunsets seem to get even more spectacular, the art projects begin to reflect nature's beautiful pattern.

Here in the art room, we are still focusing on the Elements of Art (Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Space, Value and Form).  This week we focused on Space in 2nd through 5th Grades and Shape in Kindergarten and 1st Grade.  Please enjoy the following art created in art class.  Notice the vibrant, colorful skies in the 2nd grade Sunset Paintings as they studied Background and Foreground, and the Vanishing Point in the 4th Grade Misty Night Time Landscapes.  Also enjoy the combination of organic and geometric shapes the 1st Graders and Kindergarteners used to create their Monster Art.

Oh, and here is a link to the recipe for the paint that I made for the 3rd Grade Pumpkin Art(not pictured here on this blog, see it in the halls!)  The kids enjoyed the bright, unusual hues and asked how to make them at home.  It's really easy.
This recipe is also a great science experiment!

Autumn has definitely inspired our kids! These artworks were created by students from the following classrooms:  Crook 2nd Grade, Cuthrell 1st Grade, Hendricks Kindergarten, Mouser 2nd Grade, and Shope 4th Grade.
By Makayla

By Pia

By Maia

By Bobby

By Sydney

By Mason

By Joshua

By Nevaeh

By Vance

By Alexa

By Mason

By Nora

By Anneliese

By Isaiah

By Colby

By Ari

By Annabelle

By Zane

By River

By Isaac

By Micah

By Ethan

By Isabella

By Reagan

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Renewed, Recharged and Ready

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Last week I had the pleasure of going to Raleigh for the NC Art Education Association Staff Development Conference.  While I was there, I saw and experienced many new, creative and innovative practices that I can put to immediate use to strengthen our art program at KHES.  It is always so refreshing to see how the arts are being used to not only help support the core subjects, but also to stand alone as their own important entity.  

This week in art class, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades did a lot of painting.  K/1st painted fall landscapes.  3rd Grade began a cool painting of pumpkins.

Fourth and Fifth graders began talking about the Element Art called "Space".  Fourth graders are learning the 4 ways to create the illusion of SPACE on a flat piece of paper.  Horizon Line, Size, Overlap, and Vanishing Point.  They began a night time landscape that will show all of these techniques.  Fifth graders are beginning to crack open the vast world of PERSPECTIVE.  They started drawing an illusion drawing of a hallway.  Both 4th and 5th grade work from this week are works in progress to be unveiled when they are complete.  "We will show no art before it's time!"

My promise is to show lots of art next week on the blog from many grade levels!

See you at the Fall Carnival on Saturday.  This year I am running a booth called "The Yarn Bomb Art Project".  Check out my slide presentation about this Cool Collaboration.

Click this link below to watch the show:

Yarn Bomb Art Project: A Random Act of Art

If you would like to help the Yarn Bombing, please jump in!

I will leave you with first some pictures of collages that I created at the NCAEA conference and some random pictures I took of downtown Raleigh.  As my catch phrase for this year with my students states:  "Think Like An Artist...Behave Like An Artist"  I'm a living example of this. (or, at least I try to be.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Connecting Art and Nature

Most mornings this school year, I have been riding my bike to school.  Usually, I listen to music while I ride, but this week I decided to take off the ear buds and be more present.  The sounds of the birds and my wheels moving over the sand put me in the moment.  I noticed the smell of the damp leaves and watched the busy squirrels darting about.
I tell you this because of the time I have spent outdoors with my students searching for textures.  Over the weekend I hunted for nature objects to use in collages with these same students.  As I have watched my young artists sort through and explore the nature objects as they planned their nature collages, I realized that connecting nature to art  appeals to many of our senses.  Students were instantly engaged through their senses of sight, touch, smell and even sound.  It's not surprising that the collages created in art class this week are very special and each student seemed especially proud of their creations.

By Raegan G-1

By Joshua G-1

By Carolina G-1

By Peyton  S-K

By Austin S-K

By London S-K

By Chloe S-K