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!
For our clay project this year, second graders made pinch pot animals. Now unfortunately because this was near the end of the school year, I forgot to take pictures of the work in progress. This school year was very busy with the pack up and I let a few things slide near the end, this blog and my dishes being a few of them!
As far as the process goes, we started by making a pinch pot. While it may be referred to as a simple process, pinch pots can be very tricky. If a pinch pot gets too thin in an area, it will fall over and could crack. We focused on creating good thickness of the walls and paying close attention to making a smooth surface. For the second part of the project, students chose an animal and used the scratch/attach method to begin adding details to their pinch pot. Some students made bats, some dogs, some cats. I have my example as a bird.
Once the animals were done, they were dried and fired. We used liquid watercolors to paint our creatures and then I sealed them all with a spray on polyurethane.
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!
For the next part of the story quilt, we needed to create our patterned pieces to fill up our quilts. Students each received 4 strips of paper, using crayon and watercolors, they created patterned strips that each used 2 colors and 2 shapes. Once the strips were dry, they were cut up into pieces. During one class period, students were allowed to walk around to different tables and trade pieces with friends. At the end of 10 minutes, students made their way back to their desks and began gluing their pattern pieces down. To finish their quilt, the fully colored illustration was affixed to the middle.
As a class, we read the story of Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. The story, although now in a book, was originally "published" as a story quilt. In the center of a story quilt is an image that depicts the summary of the story, all the way around the center image are little panels where the story is written out on the cloth. You can see that in between is full of patterned pieces of fabric to create the full quilt.
Students discussed the story they heard and tried to draw a connection to their own lives. We worked as a group to come up with stories that would make a good quilt. For the first few days of the project, students were tasked with picking out their story and illustrating it on a piece of paper. Once they covered the entire surface with color and image, they started to write out their story on paper. They used a peer to help them with spelling and grammar. When they were finished with both, they turned them in so that I could check them over.
I know this project was a little late, but we started the pumpkins BEFORE square 1 art and are just finishing them now! Students learned how to draw a pumpkin in sections. They drew the pumpkins in pencil and then went over their lines with glue.
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!
Second graders are creating a silhouette painting of swirly, wavy trees for their special art fundraiser project. We talked about different types of lines (implied, actual and directional) and we used tempera paint along with markers.
Students learned about an art movement called NeoPopRealism, this movement was created by Nadia Russ and includes things like zentangles. NeoPopRealism is all about doing structured designs directly in a non-removable medium.
This means that when creating this type of art that students can't erase! They must think about their drawing and design before they act and WHEN a mistake is made, they must fix it another way (incorporating it into the design, moving past it, etc). We did a step by step guided drawing to create hedgehogs, although this can be done with any animal or object. Once they created their own hedgehog using one color marker, the student then filled in each section with a different design. Even though the drawing was step by step, no two hedgehogs are the same!