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 fourth grade clay project, we made Wayne Thiebaud cupcakes. We looked at the work of Wayne Thiebaud, who is best known for him still life pictures of sweets (cakes, cupcakes, etc.) and we talked about shape, color and texture. Each student made a top and a bottom for their cupcake. The bottom had a nice cupcake liner design on it to make it look life like when it was finished. The top of the cupcake was made either by using a pinch pot or coil method. Each student then used the scratch and attach method to add toppings to their cupcake (either real or unreal). Once they were dried and fired, students used tempera paints to color their creations. I taught the students how to mix colors on their clay to make tints, shades and the gradient effect.
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 the figures were all colored and cut out, students began making the pages for their tunnel book. A tunnel book is not really a book, but is a tunneling sculpture. We used three pages (foreground, middle ground and background), the top two layers had holes cut in them so that all pages could be seen at once. By seeing each layer, we created depth with a usual 2-D material. Students added backgrounds and props to their book and began coloring everything in. Once each page was assembled individually, we put together our pages using an accordion piece of paper. The paper binding on each side allowed the book to stand on its own and it kept the distance between the pages even.
Using the figure drawings they did before break, students began tracing and making Keith Haring style figures for a 3-D book we are working on. Once the figure was traced onto white paper, they colored and cut them out. We also used a dice drawing game sheet to help us come up with ideas on how to make our figures look like they were in motion and for ideas on different things we could add. Some figures ended up with holes in their torsos, some had horns, while even more had a pet dog that liked to bark!
Fourth graders are learning how to create figure drawings, or drawings of a full person. We talked about joints and hinge points for the figure. Students then paired off and did some posing/drawing to practice! The next step will be to add some girth to our drawings and create some Keith Haring tunnel books with figures in motion.
Students created their own sketchbooks this past week to use for creating "rough drafts" or sketches of some of their big projects this year! Fourth graders used 2 colors of paint to create an abstract design on the cover. Once the paint was dry, I folded the painting in half and stapled in 8 pages. Students are looking forward to drawing in here for our next project which is about Keith Haring and Figure Drawing!
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.
Fourth Graders create a collage for their special art fundraiser project. Students created some of the papers using tempera paint. The second art day, they used their created papers along with scrapbook paper to create a sunrise or sunset. Students used marker to create outlines and add designs to the composition.
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!
The third and fourth graders have been working on a collaborative project over the last few weeks. We discussed the work of Lea Anderson, her use of designed paper elements to create a unified composition.
We had some vocab words during this project.
Variety: differences in shape, color, design, etc. within a design.
Harmony: similarities/repetition in shap, color, design, etc. within a design.
Unity: the balance of variety and harmony in a finished piece of work.
The students created at least three shapes and focused on variety or harmony on each one.
During the final class period, students worked in groups to create little pods of design. They created a composition that was unified using color and design. Each pod design will be hung, pictures to come!