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Letter design

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Fourth grade students have recently completed a letter design project.

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Fourth grade students are exploring texture and design with letter shapes.

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As they began this project they used various types of texture to fill a space in the letter H.

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Next the students picked a color from the color wheel to fill in their letter adding analogous color to fill in the shape.

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The next step in the project was to pick a complementary color for the background based on the color used for the letter H.

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The final step was to add texture to the background of the project and insert analogous colors in the texture.

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This project stretched and challenged the fourth graders as it prepared them for our upcoming painting project with letters.

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Here are some examples of their work:

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Apples

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Kindergarten students recently explored painting with dots for their first painting experience this year.

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Everyone enjoyed learning to paint with cotton swabs to create dots.

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Students really focused on filling their apple shapes and mixing colors in the space.

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Kindergarten students really enjoy our new art space as they have lots of room to move as they learn basic painting skills through painting their apple shape.

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Here is an example of the students’ work with tempera paint.

Collective sculpture

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Fourth grade students from Richmond School completed their final project: a collective sculpture based on the art of Jean Dubuffet.

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First everyone completed painting their section of the sculpture white.

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Next students began to add color and lines based on the ideas of Jean Dubuffet, who used the limited pallet of red, blue, black and white.

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Fourth graders learned to work as a group as they built and painted their sculpture.

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Jean Dubuffet (31 July 1901 – 12 May 1985) was a French painter and sculptor.  He is perhaps best known for founding the art movement Art Brut, and for the collection of works—Collection de l’art brut—that this movement spawned. Dubuffet enjoyed a prolific art career, both in France and in America, and was featured in many exhibitions throughout his lifetime.  From 1962 he produced a series of works in which he limited himself to the colors red, white, black, and blue. Towards the end of the 1960s he turned increasingly to sculpture, producing works in polystyrene which he then painted with vinyl paint.

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Here are three views of the students’ sculpture on display at the Art Junction in New Haven, Ohio.

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Flower power

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First and third grade students created large colorful collage-based flowers for our final project this year.

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Students chose a stencil shape and traced the shape on painted paper and cut it out.

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After cutting out the large flower shape, students began to add various colors and shapes to their flower.

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This required concentration as everyone had a unique idea for completing their flower.

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There was a lot of energy as students worked hard to complete their colorful flowers.

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Gluing was the final step to put all of the pieces together on their flowers.

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Students enjoyed using the painted paper to create something new from something old.

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Here are some examples of the students’ work:

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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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Love

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Fourth grade students recently completed their cooperative painting project based on Robert Indiana’s Love paintings.

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After completing the background, students added color to their love letters with watercolor paint.

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Every group had a different approach to the lettering.

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Next students added crayon shavings to their image to incorporate a melted crayon effect.

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For the final step, after some evaluation, students added color to the background of their images.

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The fourth graders learned to work together to create a wonderful image.

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Students explored the idea that love has different meanings and examined the ideas the artist might have had for using the word love.

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Everyone had an enjoyable time exploring new mediums and concepts through the artwork based on Robert Indiana.

Contour line drawing

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Third graders were introduced to contour line drawing recently.

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Students were introduced to the idea of drawing the whole shape of what they are seeing by drawing the outline of the shape.

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Students first traced the shape of the scissors and the glue bottles to see what it looked like to create a drawing through tracing.

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Next students focused on looking at the shape and drawing the outline of the simple objects they viewed.

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Students did a great job of learning to see what they were drawing instead of drawing what they think they see.

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The third graders completed many drawings of the scissors and glue.

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It was wonderful to observe their skills improve and their drawings mature.

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It was great to watch the students immerse themselves in the drawing process.