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 the third grade clay project, we made pinch pot owls. Students did step by step creation of the body and head of the owl during one class. The next class, using pictures of real owls, they used objects to add the face, wings and textures onto their owl. After the owls were dry and fired in the kiln, we used tempera paints to add color to our owls. I showed students how to dry brush and antique using tempera paint to create depth in their textures and color.
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!
Once all students had at least 8 dry prints, we began putting our mandalas together. They received all their prints back and picked their best 4. After cutting out their squares, students placed their pieces together to make a full radial mandala.
During the second part of this project, students began designing their own mandala. Using a worksheet and a ruler, they made marks on each square to make sure their designs matched up when put together. Once they decided on a final design, they transferred the image to a piece of printmaking foam. This was their printmaking plate, a term we talked about that refers to the surface/object the print is made from. Day 3,4 and 5 were all printing days. The students used a different set of colors each day and blended them on their printing plates. They then "pulled a print" from their plate using a piece of paper and their hands. The reason it is called "pulling a print" is because the paint was pulled from the plate onto the paper using the pressure from their hands. Each student pulled at least 8 prints.
Students started this lesson by watching a video or Tibetian monks creating a mandala out of colored sand. We talked about what they were doing and why during the video. After the video we talked about radial symmetry and how it was different from right/left symmetry. Students then colored a mandala sheet to show radial symmetry with color.
Here are our symmetrical faces with a good dose of color. We used some oil pastel and then finished it off with water color!
Students discussed symmetry and where it can be seen in the world. We then talked about how to create a symmetrical face using reflection and crayon pressure transfer. Third graders create half a face on a folded page, the fold being the line of symmetry, using pencil and then covering with dark black crayon. Using a spoon, students applied pressure to one side of the paper while folded and the image was transferred to the other side! Next we will be adding color to our faces and to the background, still focusing on symmetry.
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.
Third Graders created Romero Britto inspired designs for their special fundraiser project. They used basic geometric shapes along with simple designs and lots of color to create unique and engaging compositions!
Students worked in large groups to create unified compositions on circles to mirror the shape of Lea Anderson's work. We talked about how to show unity with so much variety in design. Each group focused on a color family (Analogous colors) for their shapes. Students had to work together to trade with other groups to get all the right color and then compose their project. These can be seen in the hallway near the lunch room at Roosevelt if you want to see them in person!