Pictures from our 2014-2015 Roosevelt Art Show. Thank you to family and friends who helped put the show together, to the Media Specialist for hosting a fabulous book sale, and to the PTA for coordinating a wonderful ice cream social. I hope everyone got a chance to come out to see all the art and appreciate their child's creative talents!
Students were introduced to a Japanese tradition of the cherry blossom festival. We discussed what it was, why they did it and how it influenced their art.
Working with paint first, students played and experimented with two or three colors to create a watercolor background. During the next class, we created branches for our cherry blossoms. Students were able to pull from their previous experience during the square 1 art fundraiser project to create some spectacular swirly branches. The final day (put last day in art eek!!), we used tissue paper and glue to layer pinks and whites together to make beautiful cherry blossoms!
For our clay project this year, we created fish tiles. Students looked at pictures of fish and used templates to cut out a fish from a pre-rolled slab. Using found objects and stamps, students created patterns and designs on their fish. Once the fish were fired, students used bright tempera to color their fish! My example is below, we finished these and the students wanted to immediately take them home!
Congratulations to all the students who had work up at the Fine Arts Festival this year at the Livonia Civic Library! Here are all the student work from Roosevelt and Johnson. Way to go everyone!
First graders began taking about using context clues to gather emotional information during their regular class. To tie into this, we talked about emotion in art. Students worked with a friend and took turns making and drawing different emotions. We started with easy emotions like happy and sad. The second day we took a vote as a class on what some other fun emotions to draw might be. Some classes did silly, some classes did angry. It was a very fun time had by all!!
The second day, we started talking about what emotions we chose and how color could change the emotion of a picture. We discussed as a class how different colors made us feel. Blue made some students feel sad, but others said that blue made them feel silly. Students then used tempera cakes to paint their pictures to reflect and enhance their emotion. Once everything was dry, we use sour handy dandy glue sponges to glue them all together into a photo strip!
Students were introduced to the work of Louise Nevelson, a prominent found object artist who uses one color to unify her work.
The first day was all about construction. Students used Popsicle sticks and white glue to create at least one base for their found object sculpture. The second day was more fun, students were allowed to pick out different objects to create their three dimensional low relief sculptures. This was a lot of fun and even though they all used similar materials, all of them turned out unique.
The final day, we talked about what the primary colors were and why they were important. They are the building blocks of color and other other colors are made by mixing these three together. Students chose one primary color to paint their found object sculpture. Mrs. Anderson's class was allowed to pick from the metallics section of the paint to liven it up for the split 1/2 grades.
Once all the classes were done painting and the sculptures had dried, I worked on placing the found object pieces into collaborative works. Keeping like colors together, we created beautiful found object sculptures inspired by Louise Nevelson as a team!
Students continued work on their monster cityscapes. We read the book Julia's home for lost creatures by Ben Hatke. Students payed close attention to all the different types of monsters and their textures and body shapes. After the book, they began a drawing of their creature. The students used paint infused sponges as "ink pads" to dap and print with things like spools, plastic dowels, canisters, etc to create textures on their monsters.
After the paint was dry, students cut out their monsters. students learned about the art of collage and using scrap paper from our bins, began adding details to their monster and background. After they finished their composition, we hung them in the hall so that everyone could see these wonderful masterpieces!
Students began creating the background for their monster. We talked about skylines and how to make something look like it is behind something else. Using oil pastels, students began creating buildings (or in some cases a forest, stage, etc.) and skylines.
After the skylines were all colored in with oil pastel, students began to add watercolor to make the sky. I demonstrated that if the building were colored in well, the paint would not go into the buildings. The oil pastel repels the water in the watercolor!
We will be reading some books and creating some printed texture monsters after the holiday break!
Students played a game last week called Roll-A-Monster to get prepared for their next big project. The game is a drawing exercise where students piece together a new monster by rolling a dice for different body parts. After to rolls, the students were allowed to add their own details, textures and colors to their monster. So, even though all the students are playing the same game, each monster ends up looking very different!
Students are currently working on special projects in the art room for our annual Art Fundraiser. Your child's artwork will be submitted to Square One Art Company. Each student will receive a personalized order packet along with a set of free stickers featuring their own masterpiece from Square One.
These order forms will come home before Thanksgiving. This would be a great opportunity to order personalized gifts for family and friends in time for the holidays! The order forms will be due by the end of November so that orders can be shipped to Roosevelt before our holiday break! Orders can also be made online for your convenience.
Please help support our art program and help make your holiday gift giving easier!
First graders are creating a silhouette painting of swirly, wavy trees for their special art fundraiser project. We talked about different types of lines and we used tempera paint along with markers.