Monday, May 2, 2016

Kindergarten Architecture Drawings based on book "If the Dinosaurs Came Back"

4th Grade Digital Photography

4th Grade Photography
4th graders learned about the art career of Photography.  They learned about the many different careers that a photographer could have, from taking school photos, photos of food, animals, families, weddings, houses, famous people and many others.  All these types of photographers had to study, practice and learn how to take interesting photos and how to edit them.  4th graders used their iPads to take their own photos outside around school looking for interesting subjects and interesting views.  After taking lots of photos they chose their favorites and saved their photos to their Google Drive. To edit their photos they used online photo software called Pixlar Express.  Pixlar Express has hundreds of ways to edit photos, they started with basic editing like cropping, changing size and rotating. Then they explored changing colors and many different effects and filters that Pixlar had to offer. When they were done they could print their 2 favorite photos and write an artist statement about their favorite.

Beautiful Photography 4th Grade!

3rd Grade Reading Therapy Dog Paintings based on "Blue Dogs"George Rodrique

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

3rd Grade Grant Wood Farmscapes

Artists in 3rd grade learned all about the artist Grant Wood.  Grant Wood was a famous artist in the style of Regionalism, which is art about a certain area or region.  Wood grew up in Iowa and liked to paint and draw things he saw in the small rural community where he lived.  He is famous for his farm landscape paintings and the painting “American Gothic”.  Like Wood, 3rd graders showed distance in their artwork by making sure to have a background, middle ground and foreground.  They made sure things that were close were big and things that were farther away were smaller.  They worked on adding lots of details to make interesting farmscapes!

Great Job 3rd Graders!!!!

5th Grade Metal Masks

5th Grade Metal Masks
In art class 5th grade studied the art created by the ancient Incan, Aztec and Mayans from Central America and South America.  We learned that gold, silver and other metals were commonly used to create pieces of art.  We looked at many examples of ancient metal art and then focused on masks.  We started by discussing how different cultures around the world have different purposes for masks and found that masks look different in different cultures. We found that many Aztec, Mayan and Incan masks were made out of metal and were not worn but created as gifts to gods and goddess and left in temples as offerings.  Students began by drawing their own ancient mask and then transferred their design to their choice of silver, bronze or gold colored metal.  They worked from both sides of the metal to push designs and decorations out or in using a technique called tooling.  By repeating designs close to one another they found they could make textures.  When they were finished adding designs students carefully cut out their mask and added black paint to make it look like it was ancient.

Great Job 5th Grade!