Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Norman Rockwell painting has many parodies.  Can you remember what a parody is based off by my example?

Wishing all my students a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded my family, friends, food, fun and laughter.

I am THANKFUL for each of you for bringing so much joy, creativity, adventure and great art to my life in the classroom.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Abstract Watercolor Design

Abstract Watercolor Design
We had another great night at ArT cLuB!  Our task for the evening was an Abstract Watercolor Design.  Students broke up the space of their paper into organic or geometric shapes.  The spaces were outlined with a black sharpie marker.  Students then painted their paper using watercolor paint or tempera cakes.  After the pieces dried, India Ink was placed on various points of the sharpie marker.  Students took a straw and blew out the ink to create unique lines.

Our next art club meeting will be on December 4th, 2014.  Topic adventured will be Parabola Drawing.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fish Mobiles

Fourth graders are starting their fish mobiles this week. I can't even begin to tell you about the buzz of excitement that took place once hearing the news about the project they would be working on in art for the next few weeks. We begin this lesson by tracing our fish stencil and then planning our design on the body of the fish.
Helping a student make the perfect mouth on their pattern.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gifts That Keep You Going

Had to share. There are lots of wonderful things about my job, but these little gifts are icing on the cake!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Helping Paws

It seems I am receiving some extra help today grading art work. Kind of funny considering the project I am grading is Gyotaku FISH prints. Hope everyone is enjoying our sunny Sunday.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Piet Mondrian Three-Dimensional Compositions

Third Grade
3 Class Periods
Piet Mondrian Three-Dimensional Compositions, Third Grade Art
About the Artist:

Piet Mondrian was born in the Netherlands in 1872.

Piet Mondrian
A tree painted by Piet Mondrian.
He began his painting career being inspired by the world around him.  He painted landscapes, trees and windmills.
Eventually, he became interested in the style of cubism.  His artwork became more abstract.  Soon he found his own unique style using line, primary colors and rectangle shapes.  He called his style Neo-plasticism.  Mondrian passed away in 1944.  He was 72 years old.  Today, people are still inspired by his artwork and use it as inspiration for their own designs.

Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue.
Fashion inspired by artist Piet Mondrian.

Day 1:
On the first day of class for this lesson, students viewed a power point presentation on artist Piet Mondrian.  They examined many examples of his artwork and discussed in depth his use of line and color in his later abstract pieces.

Students were each given a piece of cardboard and 12 Popsicle sticks.  Students were instructed that today was a day that would be for prepping materials so they would be ready for the next class period.  The cardboard was painted with white tempera and the Popsicle sticks were painted black. All pieces were set aside to dry.

Day 2:
During this class students viewed a youtube clip about the artist Piet Mondrian.  Students loved this video set to music. 

Once we viewed the video clip, students were given 3 to 4 pieces of white foam core cut in various shapes and sizes.  They were instructed to add these pieces to their white cardboard with glue.  Students played with the placement of the Popsicle sticks on the cardboard.  Horizontal and vertical lines were highly encouraged.  After they created a composition they liked, the sticks were glued down.
Gluing composition.

Students drew their final compostions on a planning sheet.  This planning sheet was then colored based on how they believed they would paint their piece during the next class period.  Students were only allowed to use the primary colors.
Planning sheet.

Day 3:
Using tempera paints and their planning sheets as a guide, students painted their compositions in the style of Piet Mondrian.
Student using their planning sheet to paint their compositions.

Students Examples: