Tag Archives: Elementary visual art program

Another layer

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Sixth grade students began the next step of their paintings as they added another layer of paint.

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Students used masking tape to choose what areas they wished to save and to delete with paint.

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Every group chose a different color and design to add to their image.

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Everyone is learning to work cooperatively as their canvases begin to transform into their ideas.

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Shoe drawing

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Third grade students have been learning how to draw shoes using contour line.

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Students have had to learn how to focus on what they are drawing.

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Third graders are learning to draw what they see and not draw what they think a shoe looks like.

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This process requires a lot of focus from the students.

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Students have been using many different mediums from pencils to makers as they use a continuous line with this type of drawing.

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Contour drawing is an essential technique in the field of art because it is a strong foundation for any drawing or painting; it can potentially modify a subject’s form through variation within the lines. Its objective is to capture the life, action, or expression of the subject.

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This method of drawing is widely accepted among schools, art institutions, and colleges as an effective training aid and discipline for beginner artists. In the hands of a talented master, the line that conveys contour can deliver a load of visual pleasure that can be astonishing.

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Here are some examples of the students’ drawings.

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Autumn landscapes

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Second grade students have been busy this fall learning about and creating autumn landscapes.

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The first step of the project was to create a background with watercolor paint.

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Students learned to blend together related colors to create a wonderful warm background sky.

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Next second graders used ink to create their trees.

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Each student created two paintings.  Everyone added a horizon line and a grouping of trees to their paintings.

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This was a great lesson to learn to use line and control the brush.

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Students did a great job learning to use new materials to create a wonderful landscape.

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The final step was using the sponge.

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Second graders had several colors to use to sponge paint their trees and foreground.

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Everyone enjoyed the hands-on process of painting with a sponge.

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Everyone learned that it took very little paint and pressure to create a wonderful sponge application of leaves and grass to their autumn landscapes.

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Here are some examples of the students’ mixed media landscapes.

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Georgia O’Keeffe

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1st and 2nd grade students have been learning about the artist Georgia O’Keeffe as they listen to the story Georgia’s Bones by Jen Bryant.

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Students learned about O’Keeffe, who grew up on a Wisconsin farm. Georgia began gathering all sorts of objects — sticks and stones, flowers and bones. Although she was teased for her interest in unique shapes and sizes, young Georgia declared: “Someday, I’m going to be an artist” — and that is exactly what she became.  Jen Bryant’s story of Georgia O’Keeffe celebrates the famous artist’s fascination with natural shapes, “common objects,” and her unusual way of looking at the world. Bethanne Andersen’s fluid, graceful illustrations capture the beauty of O’Keeffe’s work and spirit.

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Students also had the opportunity to view many of Georgia O’Keeffe’s images, such as Ram’s Head White Hollyhock and Little Hills, 1935.

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The kids were impressed and amazed at the desert landscapes and the church painting Ranchos Church No. 1, 1929.

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It was a great opportunity for students to learn about a female artist who was determined to create her own artistic legacy in a world that did not allow her much room or freedom.  I hope the students will be inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s independent spirit  that did not give up, much like her painting Red Poppy, 1927.

Pieces

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Sixth grade students changed their sketches into pieces.

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Next students cut apart their initial sketches into squares.

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Students took the pieces of their images and realigned them into a new image on a larger paper.

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This process is much like creating your own puzzle out of the cut pieces of art work.

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This required students to think about their art work in a new way and reconfigure their work into a new form.

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Sixth graders have simplified their art work into geometrical shapes from images based on things they love.

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The style of art work the sixth graders are working on is based upon a movement of art called Suprematism.

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Suprematism was a Russian abstract art movement, founded by the Kiev-born painter Kasimir Malevich (1878-1935) around 1915, which concerned itself with elementary geometric forms (squares, circles).

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Students have excelled at deconstructing an image of something they love into a basic geometric form.

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Students are now working in steps to build an abstracted image with shapes that will be turned into a future painting after Christmas break.

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Check back to see the students’ progress in this art adventure.

Shape monsters

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Fourth graders created basic shapes and turned them into monsters by adding many other basic shapes.

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Students used pencil and marker to create their designs.

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Students added texture, line and various sizes of geometric shapes to complete their monsters.

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The next step was to add watercolor to their images.

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There were many approaches to adding color as some students added a wash of various colors to their images.

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Other students added specific colors to areas for a more detailed approach to their image.

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Students added crayon to their images before a final wash was applied to create a resist on their project.

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The fourth graders really enjoyed the process of creating their shape monster drawings.

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Students engaged many different decision-making activities as a part of the creative process.

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Students had to remain focused as they completed their images which are now on display at Richmond School.

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Here are some examples of Shape monsters.

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Shape Monsters

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First grade students created shape monsters this fall.

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First graders began with cutting out basic shapes.

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Students continued to cut out more shapes of various sizes and colors.

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Students began to put their shapes together to create a monster.

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This project required  a lot of concentration and focus as students worked to create a monster out all of the colors and shapes they cut out.

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Students worked hard to put together their ideas using scissors.

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The final step was to add glue to their project.

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There were many ideas as students learned to create using basic shapes with scissors and glue.

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Everyone enjoyed the creative process of making monsters out of shapes.

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Here are some examples of the shape monsters.

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