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Camille and the Sunflowers

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First and second grade students have been learning about the artist Vincent van Gogh during the first quarter of the school year.

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Everyone enjoyed listening to the story of Camille and the Sunflowers which is a story that illustrates the life of  van Gogh for children by the author Laurence Anholt.

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Camille is a small boy who meets the artist Vincent van Gogh and brings him some sunflowers to decorate his home.

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Students are introduced to the artist and to many of his famous paintings like the sunflowers and van Gogh’s landscapes of the French countryside.

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Everyone enjoyed learning about the Starry Night and all of the wonderful images Vincent created thanks to the story of Camille and the Sunflowers.

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Lettering

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One of our beginning projects each year is lettering.

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Lettering is a basic drawing skill that builds the skills of each student.

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Students explored block and bubble styles of lettering.

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Lettering is the act or process of inscribing with or making letters.  It is a basic way of learning to communicate visually and an important skill for students to develop.

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Students will use their skills in our upcoming fire safety poster contest this year.

 

Skeletons again

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Third grade students have continued with skeleton drawing.

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Students have been using a continuous line method of drawing the skeleton.

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Third graders have been focusing more on the skeleton and less on their drawing as they are building their drawing skills.

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This project has required the students to really focus their energy on building their visual and drawing skills.

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Here are some examples of the students’ drawings:

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Katie meets the Impressionists

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Kindergarten students recently learned about the impressionist artists.

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Students listened to the story of Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew.

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The story opens with Katie celebrating her Grandma’s birthday by visiting an art museum.

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During the visit to the museum Katie encounters five impressionist paintings: two each by Monet and Renoir and one by Degas.

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Katie closes her eyes in front of one of the paintings and opens them to find she’s a guest in Monet’s The Luncheon. There she gathers flowers for a birthday bouquet to give Grandma, but they don’t fare too well on the crossing back into the museum.

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Next Katie’s mission whisks her into three more works of art including Renoir’s Her First Evening Out, where she inadvertently wanders onstage during a performance by, as the artwork soon reveals, Degas’s ballet dancers.

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The story is a great way for kindergarteners to be introduced to art history and art museums.

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Finally students illustrated their favorite scenes from the story.

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Here are some examples of the students’ illustrations.

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Painting the sky

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Second graders began their winter landscapes recently by beginning with painting the winter sky.

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After adding the horizon line to their images everyone enjoyed the process of adding and mixing colors to their winter skies.

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Although everyone used the same three colors, they all used different combinations of the colors to create their own unique sky.

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All of the second graders did a great job learning to control their brushes while understanding how to use watercolor paint.

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I look forward to seeing the next steps in their creative process of making their winter landscapes.

Drawing with ink

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Third grade students have continued with their contour line shoe drawings.

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Students added ink drawing to their artist toolbox as they drew with pencils and ink this studio session.

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Third graders warmed up with pencil drawing before moving to ink.

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This drawing session required lots of focus for the students.

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Everyone enjoyed exploring the use of this new medium.

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Third graders created four ink drawings this class and will review their work next studio session.

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Students did a great job using ink and incorporating continuous line drawing into their art skills.

Digital Photography

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Fifth grade students have been exploring digital photography this fall at Richmond School.

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The elementary art department purchased 18 digital cameras to introduce and teach students how to use this new art medium.

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Students have been learning how to use the camera and all of its many features.

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Students have been working with a partner as they have been investigating this digital tool.

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Students have been learning the history of photography and the development of digital photography.

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Students have been photographing indoors and out.

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Everyone has enjoyed learning to photograph their friends. Digital photography has been a great addition to the art curriculum.  Look for future posts on the students’ progress.