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!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Edible Color Wheel

Edible Color Wheel
5th Graders reviewed the color wheel and color mixing by creating all the colors from the color wheel with food coloring, white frosting, and cookies.  They started with the Primary Colors: Blue, Yellow and Red and then had to create the Secondary Colors: Orange, Violet and Green and the Intermediate Colors: Red-Orange, Red-Violet, Blue-Violet, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green and Yellow-Orange. They frosted cookies as they created the new colors and placed the cookies on the color wheel in the correct spot. When they were done they were able to eat their art.

4th Grade Warm and Cool Color Mardi Gras Masks

Mardi Gras Masks

Mardi Gras is a festival celebrated in New Orleans during the month of February.  During this festival masks are an important part of the costumes that people wear.  Students in 4th grade learned about the Mardi Gras Festival in New Orleans and other festivals around the world that use masks as in important part of celebrations.  Students created the masks using a plastic form, tissue paper and papier-mâché.  They then used warm and cool color schemes, patterns and symmetrical designs to decorate their masks.

4th Grade Sculpture Tour