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.
Claude Monet, Impression, soleil levant.jpg,_Sunrise

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.