Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CAKE! 4th and 5th Graders do Wayne Thiebuad

After learning all about California artist Wayne Thiebaud, we discussed how he used tints and shades to turn 2D shapes in 3D forms.  Students then practiced drawing 3D forms in their sketchbooks and adding tints and shades to create a sense of depth in their drawings.  Finally, we used oil pastels on colored construction paper to create their final cake drawings.  Here is a closer look!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Keith Haring

I was so excited to introduce 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to Keith Haring after seeing Keith Haring: The Political Line at the DeYoung Museum this past fall.  Kids really respond to Haring's simple figures, bright colors and sense of humor and they really went for it in their own work.  Third grade created these awesome photo collages and fourth and fifth created Haring-esq paintings.    

First Grade Solar Systems

First Grade has been learning all about our solar system with their classroom teacher.  So we created our own solar systems in Art class to reinforce their content knowledge.  Students cut out and traced the planets onto painting paper using the template below.  I provided some images of planets to reference when painting their sun and planets too.  Students then splatter painted a black piece of paper with white paint for their starry skies.  To finish, students cut out and arranged their painted planets onto their starry skies.

David Hockney: Abstract Landscapes

It's been a while, so let's just jump right in!  Second Graders have been working hard learning all about how to create depth in a landscape.  We started by looking at some David Hockney landscapes and learned to identify the horizon line, foreground, middle ground and background.  We then
learned that artists can make things look near and far by using overlapping, changing the size of objects and changing the placement of objects.  We always practice these new skills in our sketchbooks first.  Finally we created our own David Hockney inspired abstract landscapes.  And here is how they came out!

David Hockney Landscape