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Visiting an art gallery

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Second grade students recently visited the Art Junction to view their landscape exhibit.

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Students are learning about landscape art, and the best way to learn is to visit a local art gallery and see an exhibit of landscapes.

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Students had the opportunity to see many different types of landscapes from local artists.

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Second graders learned how landscape artists are showing others their view of the world around them.

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This was a great opportunity for all of the students to experience landscape art and local art and artists and to see art in a gallery.

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Winter landscapes

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Kindergarten students have been learning about winter landscapes.

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Students learned about the parts of the picture.

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The first step was to draw the horizon line.

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Next trees were placed in the images and, finally, the sky with clouds.

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There was a lot of focus and energy put into these winter landscapes.

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Many students added fun touches to their landscapes like snowmen, birds and animals.

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Here are some examples of the students’ work.

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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.

Pointillistic trees

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Kindergarten and first grade students have explored the art movement of pointillism.

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Students used tempera paint and cotton swabs to create dots of color on their tree paintings.

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Pointillism is a post-impressionist school of painting exemplified by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th-century France, characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes.

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Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.

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The term “Pointillism” was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation.

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Students used a variety of green hues along with yellow and red to create the color on their tree paintings.

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After completing their trees, students spent the next week using the same technique on the background.

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Students added many hues of blue and violet to their background.

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The students enjoyed this project as they had to focus on where to place their dots of color as they created their images.

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This was a great project for students to explore new art movements and techniques.

Visiting an art gallery

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Second grade students visited The Art Junction to view the landscape exhibition in October.

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Second grade students are learning about landscapes in art class, so, to incorporate this lesson with their local community, they visited an art gallery.

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Students had the opportunity to learn about landscape art through viewing the work of local artists who have created landscapes.

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Landscape art is the depiction in art of landscapes, natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests, and especially art where the main subject is a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent composition.

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In other works landscape backgrounds for figures can still form an important part of the work. Sky is almost always included in the view, and weather is often an element of the composition.

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Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.

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Students had a great opportunity to see many types of landscapes from their local environment and experience what it’s like to visit an art gallery.

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Students enjoyed their visit and learning about art outside of the school building.

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It’s important for students to learn that art is not just a subject in school but a pursuit that can be followed over a lifetime.

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The Art Junction’s Landscape exhibit was a great learning experience for the second grade students to learn about landscapes and to see how artists create and exhibit them.

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