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Thursday, November 10, 2016

What Lifts You?

Third graders learned about street artist Kelsey Montague.  Combined with the hashtag what lifts you- her artwork showing angel wings is a strong statement about positivity.  Yet, at the same time it also engages the public with social media like instagram.  People take a picture of themselves in the artwork and post what inspires them in their lives.  The wings are filled with smaller images and stories  that help make up the bigger picture.
Students began by brainstorming all the things that lift them up or bring them joy, like foods they like, activities they do, places they've been, toys they play with...Once they had their ideas they designed their own pair of wings and used the images from their brainstorm to fill them.  Finally, we added patterns to fill in the areas around our images.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Line Paintings

After drawing and creating lines with string Kindergarten student learned how to paint lines with tempera cakes.  We created 6 lines on our paper and then painted in between them to fill the page with color!

Vocabulary Day!

I love dressing up and creating costumes!  Vocabulary Day is always so fun- I love to see everyone getting into the creative spirit.  In the past I've dressed as a self-portrait, secondary colors and cool colors.  This year I decided to dress as a collage.  I taped cut pieces of paper all over me, created a paper wig and carried an over-sized pair of scissors with my word and definition....I'm already brainstorming ideas for next year!

Harold and The Purple Crayon

Kindergarten began the year by learning about line.  We learned the poem Larry the Line which is about a snake who can twist his body into all different kind of lines.  We even got a visit from Larry himself!  After practicing drawing some lines, like vertical, horizontal, diagonal, curvy, spiral and zig zag, we read the story Harold and the Purple Crayon.  We noticed how Harold used all the lines we just discussed to create his pictures.  We also discussed how Harold did not draw on paper but right in the air!  Students then used purple yarn dipped in glue to create their own lines that hang in the air!

Dot Day

Dot Day was a great success!  Students, teachers, and even some parents created quilt squares.  We discussed unity, variety and symmetry while designing our circle.  Circles were then cut into quarters and arranged on a white square by each artist.  All the squares were then glued together to create out school quilt.  I love the result!  We had enough artists to create 3 quilts- displayed on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.

I decorated the hallways with dots...

Teachers and students showed off their dots!

even the windows got the dot treatment!