Building

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First grade students explored building with squares and rectangles for their first art class this new school year.

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Play is a great method for students to learn and explore while engaging their imaginations.

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Students used the brightly colored shapes to create buildings, animals, flying machines and objects that can only be found through the creative process.

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This was a great opening project to engage the students’ minds, hands and imaginations through visual art.

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Beginnings

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Our first project of the 2016-2017 school year began with building.

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Kindergarten students explored building with 3D geometric shapes.

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Everyone was fully engaged as they explored building towers, castles and houses of the future.

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We also explored building bridges and skyscrapers.

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Learning through play builds skills that young artists use throughout their educational experience.  It’s great to start art off with fun!

Neon flowers

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Second grade students created neon flowers in the manner of Georgia O’Keeffe.

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Students were divided into groups and, after viewing work by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, began drawing large flowers.

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Every group worked cooperatively.

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After drawing their flowers, students moved to marker to enhance their pencil work.

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The students worked very well together to complete this stage of their images.

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Next students employed neon crayons.

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Each group decided which areas to color and not to color with crayon.

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The second graders worked hard to add rich color with the neon crayons.

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The final step was to add liquid watercolor.

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Students used related colors and worked to dry the remaining paint away with towels.

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Here are some examples of their images:

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Character words

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Fourth grade students completed their paintings of character words.

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After adding finishing touches to their letter paintings, each group discussed their work.

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The final step was to add a coat of gloss to their canvas.

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Students really enjoyed working cooperatively on this project.

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Each class viewed their work at the end of the project.

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Everyone participated in a review of their work and the  creative process.

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Students were proud of the fact their work will be on view in the building for all to see.

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Everyone engaged in the learning process for this project.

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Maybe you can stop by and see the students’ work once it is hung in the building over the summer break.

Flowers

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Sixth grade students created paper flowers for Mother’s Day this year.

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At the beginning of this project students were not sure if they would like it, some of them feeling they may be too old for this type of a project.

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By the end of this studio class everyone was really focused and enjoyed the project.

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This flower building required the students to follow directions and use their hands to fold and mold a medium-size flower.

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This project required the students to focus their efforts as they used their motor skills with this basic paper craft project.

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Students were happy with their efforts at the end of art class.

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Many colorful flowers were created for Mother’s Day!

Cards

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Most of the elementary art students participated in creating some type card for Mother’s Day this year.

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Kindergarten students used colored pencils to create line pattern with their Mother’s Day card.

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First graders used scissors and crayons to create a pop-out card for their moms.

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Second grade students created a cut out Mom card.

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Third grade students created an M-shaped card for Mother’s Day.

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Everyone concentrated on creating the perfect card for Mom!

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All of the students incorporated learned skills and some new ones to create a card filled with design elements.

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I’m sure every mom was thrilled with their uniquely created card for Mother’s Day!