Kindergarten students recently studied the artist Andy Warhol. We talked about how Warhol loved things that were popular, such as food, advertisements, and things on television. Kindergarten students were able to identify the shapes in Warhol’s painting of an Ice Cream Cone. They also discussed his painting of the actress Marilyn Monroe. Students talked about how Warhol worked to make Marilyn’s image look different in each section. Finally, we created our projects, which are based on a combination of these two works of art by Andy Warhol. Great Job, Kindergarten!
At CES, I am fortunate to work with students who truly enjoy art. One of the benefits of having been the art teacher here for the past 5 years is my knowledge of the students. It is a pleasure to watch them grow as people and as artists. Here are the artists of the month for December. The objective of this lesson was to draw a portait realistically, yet choose paint colors that are abstract. The images you see are only detail images- the real paintings are on 12 x 18 paper.
Third graders have just finished learning about art categories, with a focus on landscape, seascape, and cityscape. Art can be categorized by subject matter. These works of art can be classified as cityscapes and seascapes at the same time! We used oil pastels, watercolors, and tempera paints for this lesson.
First, students looked at a variety of landscape, seascape, and cityscape works of art. They were able to categorize each picture by its subject matter. After a brief bit of note taking in sketchbooks, students began their final works of art. They folded each sheet of paper horizontally. On the top area, they used oil pastel to draw a cityscape. We folded the papers and burnished the back to create a print of the cityscape in the water below. This helped to establish a sense of symmetry. Students used resist methods to paint their work. Finally, we added extra details in the water.
I repeat this lesson yearly with grade 3 because it reinforces several important art concepts: the nature of art media, art categories, variety, symmetry, reflection. I first learned about this lesson at a past TVAEA Winter Workshop, in a presentation held by Suffolk art teachers Sandee Darden and Angela Salerno. They thought of it first, but its a really good lesson and it has a place in my curriculum each year.
In other news….
the Fifth Graders are finishing up their pottery. The bowls and plates have a really beautiful, natural look and I can’t wait to post pictures soon. Sixth Graders are also completing their collographs this week, and even completing a self-assessment of their progress on the lesson. As art teachers, we try to make students confident to assess their own work so that they will know what improvements and changes to make independently. One of my goals is to make students prepared for future art classes, and with Sixth Grade this is especially important as they begin middle school next year.
I wanted to let everyone know that the artwork of 15 stellar CES students is displayed at the Sports Hall of Fame. This is part of the district-wide Youth Art Month “Artwalk,” an event where kid artwork is displayed in Olde Town Portsmouth. Our pictures are hung on the right hand side of the building, in a window close to the bank parking lot. Congratulations to the following students: Hector M., Stormy R., Kanisha B., Danielle D., Emily M., Graham F., Emma S, Emma C., Imani W., Hunter B., Lauren W., Brooklyn G., Ashley, Hannah H., and Gabriel.
I wanted to share some WONDERFUL work from CES students! Here are some of the things we are currently working on in the art room.
Fourth Grade students are studying the French artist Henri Rousseau. They are delighted by the fact that Rousseau was a well-known liar. He told everyone that he got the ideas for his imaginative jungle paintings from his travel to Mexico. In reality, Rousseau never left France and worked as a Customs Inspector all his life. He got his ideas from the zoo.
To accomplish this project, students first used pencil to draw the composition. We worked in 3 different stages – foreground, middleground, and background. Students had requirements for how many animals and plants they needed to include in the picture. Afterward, we used black crayon to cover our pencil lines. The wax from crayons gives a nice border which assists in keeping paint under control. Finally, students used cake tempera paints to add color. I am very impressed with the neatness of some of our students!
Here’s some work-in-progress from grade 6.
Sixth grade students are working on demonstrating understanding form by exploring chiaroscuro and value. We are discussing the artist Janet Fish, and dissecting the way that artists use hues, tints, and shades to make objects look 3D. Students helped to glue pieces of candy onto pieces of posterboard, creating a mini-still life for each person. Next, we are drawing the forms as we see them, being sure to include different values of pencil shading. This is the stage of Erica’s picture above. The final step of the project will be to mix tints and shades of tempera paint to add chiaroscuro to their work of art. The students are really excited about this project, and I can’t wait to provide an update of finished work!