February 27, 2017
Junior 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. Last week,
students painted little cardboard pieces the different
hues. This week, students will complete painting their pieces by gluing
them together to create a 3D abstract painting.
week, KA students started 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. This week, students will finish
the basic structure of their bears, and start adding the various features that
would make their bear unique.
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. This week,
students will be starting our new project on recreating their object in 3D form
using newspaper, tape and plaster.
Grade students have finally finished their adaptive trait sculptures, and they
each look pretty fantastic! This week, 3rd
grade students will be focusing on the idea of community, what makes people
come together, and how are communities unique.
As an alignment to their study of the Bay Area, students will be
investigating our own neighborhood in the Bay Area: The Portola! Students and I will go on a mini trip to San
Bruno Ave., using our artistic eyes to look for everyday items that makes The
Portola unique. Students will select a scene to take a picture of. This picture
will be used as inspiration for an upcoming drawing project. It should be great
week, 4th grade students will be engaged in a hands-on collaborative
sculpture project. Ever wonder how a 3D printer works? How does this machine
render solid angular and organic 3D shapes with such ease? 3D printing, also
known as additive manufacturing, refers to the process by which successive
layers of material are formed to create a three dimensional object. We will
discuss the 3D printing process, and how this method can be inspirational to
sculptors! This week, 4th graders will be challenged to design a form.
They will then cut/ paste flat cardboard shapes, one on top of another in a
similar layering method, to render their design in 3D form. I'm excited to see
students tackling this challenge!