April 10, 2017
JK- 4th Grade Art
Kindergarten students have been engaged in painting exercises to understand
basic color theory. We have reviewed primary and secondary colors, and how
some primary colors are more powerful than others when mixing paint. Students
are experimenting with gradual mixing of one primary color with another to
create varying hues of the secondary color the two colors make. We have also been reviewing
landscapes, and what deems an artwork a landscape. Students were
introduced to painting technique of Post- Impressionist artist Georges
Seurat. They then created landscape paintings using
Pointillism, and the
Post-Expressionist style of Vincent Van Gogh, an artist who was known for his visible
brushstrokes that formed swirly dashed lines. This week, students will
experiment in one of my favorite mediums, clay!
Students will learn how to create a pinch and coil pot, using various ceramic
students have been engaged in a Build-A-Bear prototype project. In response to their Teddy Bear Drive
fundraising efforts, students were posed the question: what if you could design
and build your own bear? Last week,
students used brown bags, newspaper and tape to start constructing their bear
designs. Those finished with the structure started adding a layer of newspaper
and papier-mâché on their structure to harden the surface. This week, students
will finish the basic structure of their bears, and attempt to cover their
entire bear with a layer of papier-mâché. Those who finish will get the start
painting the base colors of their Teddy Bear Prototype.
This week in 1st grade art, students will be
finishing our long-term investigation on the theme of "value,"
questioning who or what determines the value of an object. In the past few weeks,
students have learned that not only does “value” mean the worth, importance or
usefulness of something. In art, “value” also means the lightness or darkness
of a shade or color. To
further question the definition of value, students used an image of an
individual recyclable object to draw- focusing on shape, proportion
and values. Students have been working on their new project of recreating
their object in 3D form using newspaper, tape and plaster. Once their plaster
has dried, they will use proper color mixing and paintbrush techniques to
recreate a similar color and texture of their real object. This week, students
who are finished with their sculpture will take an observational drawing
challenge, focusing on line, shape and form.
alignment to their study of the Bay Area, 3rd students will be
investigating our own neighborhood in the Bay Area: The Portola! A couple weeks
ago, 3rd grade students went on a mini trip to San Bruno Ave. We used our artistic eyes to look for
everyday items that make the Portola unique. Students selected a scene or
object to take a picture of. This picture will be used as inspiration for an
upcoming drawing project. Last week, students starting using their selected
image as a image reference for a large scale drawing. This week, they will
continue drawing, keeping close attention to adding details and value with
pencil and Sharpie marker before going on to coloring their drawing with chalk
by the elaborately mechanized mini golf stations at Urban Putt, 4th graders
will use their artistic and engineering skills to design their own high tech
mini golf stations. The goal is for each station to use the additive and the
subjective layering method to create valleys and peaks for the balls to travel
around. This week, they will draw out a design of their ideas, and then create
paper prototypes out of cardstock to show their thinking, so they can decide on
a final design and start building. If their prototype meets all the project
standards and is sturdily built, students will go on to use the large cardboard
to make their official model.
Design for the Future
This week in
Design for the Future, students will jump right into a new project,
this time involving a material challenge! Using only black or clear
garbage bags, duct tape, and a fan, students will design and begin to
build an inflatable room. For this project, students will work in
groups; which means combining and compromising to work on one design. Before
they start, the class will go over tools and tips for working with the
materials and in a group. We can't wait to see what our designers create!
a progressive learning environment
Last week in
Patent That, both classes were giving a new design focus for the
remainder of the semester, allowing students to tailor their patents to a
specific client as well as empathize and learn more about the needs of
others. One class will be focusing on accessibility and the other sustainability. This week, students will continue to conduct research on their specific focus and build prototypes of their designs.
Is This Art?
This week in Is this Art, we will continue to talk about street art.
How does it connect to the community it exists within? How is it viewed
by the public? What extremes do artists go through to place their art?
What's the difference between street art and graffiti and vandalism, and
where are the boundary line? We will explore our Mission neighborhood,
and the famous art around it, to study this topic while also working on a
collaborative mural project in our classroom.