Fourth grade and sixth grade students worked on snowflake paintings based on micro-photographs of actual snowflakes.
Students outlined the snowflake drawings with sharpie markers for a permanent line.
Next the students added a watercolor wash to the background for a deeper color.
Students then added several layers of white acrylic paint over their snowflake drawings.
This required the students to focus and build their brush skills as they fill in the flakes with white acrylic.
The final step was to add a coat of gloss to seal their image for display.
Here are some examples of their paintings now on display at Willard Elementary School.
Fifth grade students have begun their study of photography using digital cameras.
Everyone has been working with a partner as they learn the functions of the camera.
Students have been learning how to compose an image which forces them to focus on the image and background.
Students are very excited about learning this new technology in the art room.
It’s great to see the students become so excited to learn!
At the end of class students review and edit their images in camera before they are reviewed next week by the class.
Fifth grade students have been exploring creating a collage out of their photographs.
Fifth graders had many options to choose from as they worked to create a collage from many layers of one image.
Photographs were printed in several solid colors and students cut them up and put the pictures together to create one new image.
Some students added color to their images to add another dimension to their project.
This was a great project to stimulate the students’ creativity and to open their horizons to new ways of thinking about images.
Fifth grade students participated in a second critique session, this time from their winter photography session.
Students have been using the four-step process of critiquing their photography.
Students learn to: describe – tell exactly what they see; analyze – use the elements/principles to reflect upon the art form; interpret – ask what the image is trying to say; and evaluate – determine how successful or important the photograph is.
The fifth graders enjoyed participating in this hands-on method of photographic critiquing.
Fifth grade students had the opportunity to venture outdoors to explore digital photography in winter.
Students worked in teams of two as they explored the winter environment through photography.
The fifth graders are learning how to use the various functions on the cameras to add many special effects to their images.
Learning to look at the environment, use the available light and compose a pleasing image are a few of the concepts students have been learning in this unit of study.
Here are a few examples of the students’ photography around Richmond School this winter.
Students explored color and black and white photography.
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.
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.
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.
The kids were impressed and amazed at the desert landscapes and the church painting Ranchos Church No. 1, 1929.
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.
Sixth grade students changed their sketches into pieces.
Next students cut apart their initial sketches into squares.
Students took the pieces of their images and realigned them into a new image on a larger paper.
This process is much like creating your own puzzle out of the cut pieces of art work.
This required students to think about their art work in a new way and reconfigure their work into a new form.
Sixth graders have simplified their art work into geometrical shapes from images based on things they love.
The style of art work the sixth graders are working on is based upon a movement of art called Suprematism.
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).
Students have excelled at deconstructing an image of something they love into a basic geometric form.
Students are now working in steps to build an abstracted image with shapes that will be turned into a future painting after Christmas break.
Check back to see the students’ progress in this art adventure.