Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Colorful World of Peter Max!

We are lucky enough to be working with an awesome student teacher in our Art classes. Reyna Wanamaker is from the University of Toledo and has been with us since the beginning of the year. She recently taught the third and fifth graders all about the art of Peter Max.

Max is a Pop Artist. Pop artists use themes from the popular culture of their time in their Art. Peter's use of black outlines and bright colors came from comic books. He was also inspired by planets, stars, and astronomy in general.

Here are some of the "cosmic" works of art the fifth graders created, inspired by Peter Max!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Silly Pumpkins

First graders just made these silly pumpkin faces using oil pastels and cut paper. It was a great project to practice drawing and cutting shapes and using scissors and glue! It was cute to see the range of expressions the children came up with!

Clay Owls

Here is another lesson we just finished after reading The Little White Owl. I first heard about this adorable book from Kristyn Demint and her blog,  She always has such great ideas and her art program is awesome.

Second graders made these fun little pinch pot owls in one 55 minute class period. One group used colored model magic and one group used watercolors to paint and decorate their owls. They were a huge success and a project much loved by the 7 and 8 year olds!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Kandinsky Circles

Kindergartners were able to practice many skills with this project! We began by using the smartboard and Kandinsky's painting Concentric Circles. I had students use the pen and trace over all of the circles from the famous work of art. Then we watched some video clips about shapes from Sesame Street on You Tube.  We also read The Dot. Next, they used colored squares of paper to draw all different sizes of circles. Finally, they used scissors and ONE dot of glue to create their own circle compositions. This lesson took us two 55 minute class periods.

Guided Drawing: Owls!

Here are the steps the children and I followed to create our owls. I really like guided drawings because they all turn out diffrently, yet the kids have some help. It's also a great lesson for listening!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pattern Owls

First graders made these adorable pattern owls in two 55 minute art classes. We read The Little White Owl and Owl Moon for inspiration and spent the first day thinking of line designs and sketching. The second day, we used oil pastel and watercolor paints to finish. The results were so bright and colorful!