Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Third Grade Folk Art Trees!

Third Grade artists at Park elementary have been really getting into their paintings this fall. They learned about the Artist Heather Galler and are in the process of painting their own folk art style tree.

They noticed one of her trees were mostly warm colors and made connections with the great autumn colors were are seeing in Michigan right now. They also saw flowers painted in her trees which we all love seeing flower blossoms on trees in the spring as well.

They are really free to explore painting with different tools and making different kinds of marks and designs.

The various tools of choice include cotton swabs, sticks, paint brushes, and fingers! They they are learning many different techniques and are free to express themselves within their tree's patterns and designs along with the other things they chose to add in their landscape. Some students painted a home, barn, church, bird or dog. Folk artists paint things that they are familiar with and tell more about the artist.

 Folk artists may have some art background as our students do from our art special but have not been formally trained beyond grade school. We have some pretty impressive folk artists at Park Elementary and they really take great pride in their work!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

IKEA Soft Toy Drawing Competition

Enter now for a chance to turn your child’s drawing into a real soft toy!

We invite all children ages of 0-12 to draw their own soft toy. Children from all over the world are taking part in this competition and 10 lucky winners will see their drawings transform into real soft toys sold in IKEA stores next year.

Click here to submit a idea! 

Drawing Competition Submissions Close 10/30/2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Square 1 Art Projects!

Just about all of the grade levels have just finished their annual Square 1 Art projects. This year we had different themes for most of the grades. Not only did they review or start to learn some of the art elements and principles of design with this project they also got to learn about different styles of art and artists.

All students will be receiving a personalized order packet and a sheet of complementary stickers of their art from Square 1 Art. Please be on the lookout for these and expect to see them by the end of the first week of November. The order deadline is November 16 which is also conveniently the last night of parent teacher conferences. All ordered merchandise will arrive the week of December 5.  Personalized items with your children’s art can make great keepsakes, gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Square 1 Art is a fundraiser that helps supplement non-consumable items for the art room like books on artists and the various cultures we cover in our curriculum. I also hope to get a camera and another projector and screen for the art room with raised art funds. To learn more about Square 1 Art please feel free to explore their website here.

Here is a overview of what each grade is currently working on:
Kindergarten and 1st grade got to learn more about butterflies while they drew a cartoon styled butterfly. They worked hard on coloring in sides first then middle using “lawnmower lines” to fill in the middle. They also learned how to use the side of the crayon to try and make an airy texture in the background and add shadow to show the overlapping shapes.  

Second grade created their own impression of a sunrise after Claude Monet focusing on warm and cool colors and painted quick horizontal strokes to create the impression of a sunrise over a waterscape. They learned about silhouettes and noticed these shadowy shapes of boats and other objects in Monet's work. Our young artists had a fun time creating their own boat silhouettes in the water.
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Third grade learned about Pop artist Wayne Thiebaud (TEE-bo) and drew their own cupcake using overlapping, curved lines, texture and shading to try and really make it look three-dimensional. They also focused on patterns and repetition.

Wayne Thiebaud (B. 1920), Untitled (Cupcake). Oil and graphite on paper, image 5¼ x 4¼ in (13.3. x 10.8 cm), sheet 6⅞ x 8⅞ in (17.5 x 22.5 cm) Estimate $200,000-300,000. This lot is offered in Thiebaud from Thiebaud Prints and Works on Paper from the Private Studio of Wayne Thiebaud on 29 September 2016 at Christie’s in New YorkImage result for Pop artist Wayne Thiebaud cupcake

Wayne Thiebaud (B. 1920), Untitled (Cupcake). Oil and graphite on paper, image: 5¼ x 4¼ in (13.3. x 10.8 cm), sheet: 6⅞ x 8⅞ in (17.5 x 22.5 cm) Estimate: $200,000-300,000. This lot is offered in Thiebaud from Thiebaud: Prints and Works on Paper from the Private Studio of Wayne Thiebaud on 29 September 2016 at Christie’s in New York You can see a great current video of him talking about his art at 95 years of age here and here is a link to the youTube video we watched when we started the project.

Fourth graders learned about realist artist Edward Hopper and created their own composition while learning about the parts of a landscape which are the foreground, middleground, background and horizon line. With mini-lessons they also learned about different techniques to create the illusion of form and deeper space with use of lines, textures, colors, and materials. They were then given creative freedom to use their choice of material and technique that would best express their own ideas and feelings they hope to portray.

Fifth graders learned how to draw a realistic red-eyed tree frog using all curved lines and lots of overlapping. They were challenged to trust the drawing process when guided during the drawing of the frog. When all the curved lines came together they were delighted and proud of their hard work. While still working in the style of Realism they later created the smooth texture of the frog with many layers of color and shading.

Last they were shown ways to use contrast and leading lines to make their frog the focal point in the final composition. Some use abstract designs to create contrast while others added cartoon accessories to add humor and personality, others choose to continue with a more realistic background. I love seeing all the creativity the students have when completing their art.

The Crayon Box that Talked- Self Portraits!

We have been busy in the art room this fall. We started this year with an artist portfolio pre-assessment self-portrait. Then all the grades heard the story The Crayon Box that Talked and then created their own crayon self-portrait sharing their interest, likes, favorites and talents. You can see these on display in the halls throughout the school. Students made great connections between this story and our school wide theme of of how we are better together.  

First graders working on their self-portraits that were drawn from observation.  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Festival of the Arts!!

I hope to run into some of you in downtown GR enjoying the Festival of the Arts today!  We have 13 students artwork being featured at the Grand Rapids Art Museum! There is lots to see with live music, dancing and artwork displayed. All is free to enjoy with art creating activities for adults and children. Free admission to the GRAM and UICA. Here is a link to kid events and here is the link to the quick guide. I hope some of you have already made it down town and if not perhaps you could make a family outing today to enjoy the wonderful preforming and visual arts today.Festival of the Arts | A celebration of the arts in West Michigan

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hard Work + Heart = A Great Work of Art!

 Students are very ambitious and work hard and help one another to achieve their project goals. 
Students put in extra time during their recess to redo failed attempts. They relearned proper technique for hand building with clay and learned about the many stages and consistences of the clay that they were working with.  They became more sensitive to these nuances with being given the opportunity to further explore the medium. Students came back and worked more as needed and receive encouragement from peers and teacher. "Remember when you put hard work and heart into your art you create great art!!" said a third grader pointing to the board with the equation Mrs. Anderson wrote on the board, "Hard work + Heart = A Great work of Art." 

There were so many ambitious and unique designs. Projects can take a long time because kids work as hard as they possibly can. For example kids add as much detail as they can. Some of which took many different approaches and attempts until getting it to all come together and work. There is so much problem finding, problem solving and life lessons learned during the process of creating in clay. 

I'm so thankful for the all the ziplock bags that allowed us to be able to prep the clay and then continue to work on our projects. The 2 gallon sized bags that were donated allowed the 5th graders to explore the clay process as needed and find success! Once they rolled their slabs their clay didn't fit in a standard gallon size bag. 
If you could send in more freezer ziplock baggies that would be awesome! I would like to get clay prepared for the fall so we can do it even earlier next year. Again if there is any parent or family members that would like to volunteers and help with this prep it would be greatly appreciated! 

(This blog post was written and photographed with the help from some 3rd - 5th graders. Thanks for all your dedication and hard work!) 

Students Helping in the Art Room!

Students like to lend an extra hand and help in the art room during some of their recesses. They take pride in the art room and try to help by using their different strengths and build new skills. The following are some of the things that art room helpers do:

 They may help fix things like rattling fans, jammed staplers, checking that lids are snapped and sorting gazes.

Mrs. Anderson will often teach a new job to a student.  Then this helper will then teach their job to the next group that comes in to help.

Here a a new art room helper is learning how to look for the different codes and sort in-progress art from the drying rack into class and colored table folders.
It is also important that the folders get put back away where they belong in the labeled and coded drawers. Helpers can easily find the different days folders and can also help set up for the next class. Checking for accidental drips of glaze and adding class codes/names on bottom of clay projects. 
Then double checking for class codes and clean bottoms before we load the kiln. We find the projects that will fit the different height combinations of the kiln stilts and then we carefully hand Mrs. Anderson the projects to load deep into the kiln.  

Helping catch students up who missed part of the clay project.

And last but not least taking photos and helping type this post for the blog!! :)(This blog post was photographed and written with the help of some of these art room helpers!  Thanks so much for all of your help in our art room! You are all very much appreciated!
 ~Mrs. Anderson )