Friday, December 2, 2016

The Tree of Life

Recently our 3rd graders analyzed the painting, The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt.
Image result for tree of life by gustav klimt
We enjoyed finding all of the items in the tree and the people on the sides of the tree. It was almost like an I Spy picture! So we painted our own version of The Tree of Life. Please enjoy the following student work.
Payton B3

Brooklyn B3

Annalease B-3

Sara B-3

Allie D3

Minna Kate D-3

Hayley D-3

Marina H-3

Addison H3

Brody Dy3

Portress Dy3

Friday, October 28, 2016

Art Class is a Scream!

Our 2nd graders have been learning about Edvard Munch's painting, The Scream....And what a scream art class has been!  Enjoy these wonderful screaming portraits!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Shapes and Matisse

Art teachers love to start the year talking about the basics of art. Our 2nd graders have been learning about the 2 types of shapes: Geometric Shapes and Organic Shapes.  An artist that used both very well is Henri Matisse.  We began learning how to analyze art by finding the geometric and organic shapes in Matisse's collage Beasts of the Sea.
Please enjoy these collages by students in Mrs. Crook's class.








Friday, September 30, 2016

Line and Shapes and Abstract Art, Oh My!

This week in Kindergarten and 1st Grade we have been working with the basic elements of art, line, shape and color.  The artist Piet Mondrian is my favorite artist to start talking about lines and shapes and the primary colors. You can see why in his painting below.
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Please enjoy these paintings and collages from the Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes of Farrell, Mehfoud and Jernigan.

















Friday, September 23, 2016

Picking Up STEAM in the Art Room

One of the buzz words in education is STEAM which is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  Finally, the education world has begun to realize that the area of art is not just fluff! For many years, the education world attributed the importance of art education based solely on how it could be integrated with other content areas such as social studies, science, language arts, and math.  While that is true, art's bigger contribution was being overlooked.  When children participate in creating art, they are learning and honing the same skills they use in other content areas such as envisioning, exploring, engaging and persisting, observation, understand community, and reflecting.  Art has an equal importance in education as other content areas.

Based on this research, I have designated Fridays in the art as Free Exploration Day.  Using a variety of materials, students are instantly drawn into activities that invite them to create their own collaborative learning teams and their own problems to solve.  Children truly need the freedom to create their own learning situations so they can become more independent learners. Please enjoy these pictures of what happened in my classroom today.  Even Dr. Flo got in on the action! Featured are students from the classes of Hutton and Hancock.