Monday, October 29, 2012
Kindergarten students began the year by studying a portrait by Romero Britto. Usaing the smartboard students were able to see how Britto used basic shapes and lines to create his art. After identifying the shapes and lines that artists use, students set out to create their own clown portraits. We began with the hair. Students created their own crazy clown hair by drawing 5 different kinds of lines. We then noticed how the lines created shapes on our paper and students colored the kooky shapes with oil crayons. Once the hair was complete we moved on to our clown's shirt. Students learned how to repeat lines and shapes to create a pattern. Last but not least students created a face for their portraits by choosing a large white shape, a circle nose and drawing their own shapes and lines for eyes and a mouth!
Fifth Grade students examined blue and white china. We focused our attention on a very popular blue and white china design—the Blue Willow pattern. The design itself looks Chinese but students learned this was actually designed in
as an imitation of Chinese examples. In order to sell more plates the designers wanted people to believe this was authentically Chinese so they developed a story to go along with the image in the center of the plate- which was described as a traditional Chinese legend. After reading the story and studying how it was illustrated on the plate students set out to design their own “ England ” China
Students created patterns around the borders of their plates using lines, their initial and geometric shapes. In the center of their plate they illustrated a story based on their own personal experiences.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Glass is one of my favorite art mediums. I've made my own stained glass windows, kiln formed glass, and I've even blown glass! The third, fourth and fifth grade are about to start a large group art project based on one of my favorite glass artists- Dale Chihuly. Students can see a real Chihuly sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. (It's free to visit on wednesday nights...there's information about it on the bottom of my blog) I hope parents will be encouraged to take their students to check it out! Glass blowing is so fun and interesting to watch--if your family is looking for something to do you might consider visiting Diablo Glass -where you can watch a glass blowing demonstration with your family. It's not too far from the museum so you could actually visit both places on the same day! Here's a link to their webpage:Diablo Glass School -Family Experience