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!