News from the Art Room

January 12 - 16

New Sketchbook Challenge: Family Edition

This sketchbook challenge will take a slightly different form than previous sketchbook challenges. For this challenge you will need multiple people (3 works best) and multiple sheets of paper (one for each person).


Fold your papers horizontally into sections based on how many people there are. For example, if you have two people, fold your paper in half. If you have 3 people, fold your paper into 1/3rd's (like a letter going into an envelope). If you have 4 people fold your paper into 1/4th's, etc.

Each person starts on the bottom section of their drawing and draws the bottom portion of a person (with 3 people your drawing will be divided into 3 parts--legs, chest, head). After 5 minutes, each person passes their drawings to the right.


After passing your drawings, each person picks up their new drawing (that the person next to them started) and draws the next "section" of that person. After 5 minutes pass the papers again and repeat.


When you're done you should have a person (or, perhaps, a creature...) that has each drawer's distinct style to it. Have fun with it! Try drawing an animal head on an otherwise human body!

A Name for the New Mr. Stanley

A month or two back I announced to a number of the classes here at Riverview that come Spring there will be a little Mr. Stanley running around our house as my firstborn is due at the beginning of April. :)

Since then I have left a "name suggestion box" on the front table of the Art room and encouraged students to throw in some baby names during work-time. As of this weekend there were 572 votes for 211 different names and I thought it would be worth sharing the results... in the name of Science, of course.


Some personal favorites of mine:

Waffles, Ticky, Juanery, Jayrama, Elaktor, Bomey, Bit, and Ava (not sure the student who suggested Ava got the memo that it's a boy!) "Bob", "Henry", and "Son of Stanley" are leading the pack with the most votes right now. Here's what they've suggested so far:




Adam

Aiden

Alex

Alvin

Andrew

Anthony

Ash

Austin

Ava

Bailey

Barrack

Bergan

Billy Bob Joe

Bit

Blade

Blake

Bobert

Bomey

Bradley

Brandon

Brantley

Braydon

Brian

Buddy

Butt

Caden

Caivin

Caleb

Cameron

Cannon

Carl

Carson

Carter

Celen

Chad

Charlie

Chase

Cheng

Christopher

Cody

Cole

Colin

Colt

Conner

Cory

Crosby

Dakota

Dalton

Dane

Daniel

Demetri

Desean

Devin

Dillon

Douglas

Drake

Easton

Eddie

Elaktor

Eli

Elliot

Elvis

Erik

Ethan

Evan

Everett

Felix

Fernando

Fin

Finley

Francis

Fred

Gage

Garry

Gary

Gavin

Gino

Glen

Gordon

Grant

Griffin

Hayden

Henry

Hrls

Hudson

Ira

Jace

Jack

Jake

Jalen

James

Jameson

Jamie

Jared

Jason

Jaxson

Jayrama

Jeff

Jeo

Jeremiah

Jeremy

Jerome

Jerray

Jesse

Jimmy

Joe

Johnson

Jonathan

Jorden

Jorman

Josh

Juan

Juanery

Justice

Justin

Kameron

Kane

Kendall

Kennedy

Kevin

Kobe

Kyle

Kyler

Landon

Langston

Larry

Lennon

Leo

Leroy

Levi

Liam

Lil' Stanley

Logen

Lucas

Luke

Mack

Man

Marco

Mark

Mason

Mason

Matthew

Max

Mick

Mike

Mikol

Mitchell

Nathan

Neal

Neiman

Nicky

Noah

Noel

Oak

Olaf

Otis

Owen

Painen

Palmer

Parker

Patrick

Paul

Peter

Phil

Piper

Randy

Rater

Reese

Ricky

Robert Jr.

Ronol

Ronold

Ross

Ryan

Ryker

Sam

Scooby

Seth

Slate

Son of Stanley

Stacy

Stan

Stanley Jr.

Steele

Steve

Stevly

Talan

Taner

Ted

Terry

Thor

Ticky

Tilen

Tim

Titus

Toby

Tommy

Travis

Trent

Trevor

Trey

Tycho

Tyler

Vinny

Wade

Waffles

Wesley

Wille

William

Wyatt

Yelnats

Zach

Minecraft Club Registration Opens TODAY!

Registration for the last session of Minecraft Club of the school year opens TODAY! You can register online by using the link below or over the phone by calling Farmington Community Ed. at 651.460.3200.


Minecraft Club meets after school from 3:00 to 5:00 once a week for 7 weeks. We use a modified version of the uber-popular game Minecraft called MinecraftEDU--a piece of software designed by teachers, for teachers. Each new session we try some different things in Minecraft Club and this session will be no different! This session students will have two different servers to use--a Creative server and a Survival server. Activities and events are planned during Minecraft Club to encourage team work, task completion, and most of all, creative problem-solving.


If you have any questions or anything, please don't hesitate to ask!



P.S. Yes, that is a giant sculpture of Mr. Stanley that the 2nd & 3rd graders made. It took a solid 5 minutes to get students to arrange themselves for this screenshot and the moment it snapped things devolved into a giant digital snowball fight. ...Now I have a rough idea of what my parents went through each time they tried in to get my brothers and I to pose for a Christmas photo.

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Texture, texture, texture!

Kindergarteners and 1st graders alike spent a day exploring texture in art. Students spent some time wading through the art room looking for different textures after discussing what textures in everyday life are. Students then used plastic rubbing plates and crayons to create different textures which we turned into snow-people (I was corrected by a kindergartener from Mrs. Schneider's class this afternoon that they are snow-people and not snow-men because she had made a snow-lady. Adorable.)


Students created texture in their artwork in a handful of ways--from their crayon rubbings to crinkled paper to different fabrics for their snow-people's hats and mittens.


Prior to their snow-people the Kindergarteners got some practice with their glue and scissors when they created their collage penguins. Look for these to come home later this week!

2nd Grade

Oil Pastels, Watercolors, and Warm & Cool Colors

The 2nd graders are knee-deep in a fun change-of-pace--so far this quarter 2nd graders have stuck to tempera paint for the most part, but our next project will combine drawing, oil pastels, and watercolor.


In this project students are creating the same picture twice--once using oil pastels and only warm colors, and once using watercolor paint and only cool colors. We will then take the two works of art and cut them into strips and rearrange them to create two unique works. They're looking great so far!

3rd Grade

Portraits

The third graders have been ploughing through the process of creating self-portraits, and so far the results have been pretty amazing. Students are putting into practice the art of drawing from observation--that is, taking an object and drawing it as it looks, not as we think it looks.


To do this students have had to suspend what they think the human face looks like and this is no easy task for a 3rd grader! We started by learning that the eyes in a human face are found smack dab in the center of the head--not 2/3's of the way up the face in the eyebrows (as most 3rd graders wanted to draw them!). After learning about the size and shape of the eyes, we learned how to find the right size and place for the nose (did you know that the nose is roughly as wide as the space between your eyes?) as well as the mouth (did you know that the corners of your closed mouth are almost always directly below the enter of each eye?


We're working our way through the rest of the face before we attempt to tackle the hair.



4th Grade

Optical Illusion Art

Optical Illusion Art (Op Art, for short) was an art movement that gained momentum in the 1960's. Our first piece of Op Art we made was a hand drawing done the last day before Winter Break. Little did students know, the drawing they were doing was strikingly similar to one of the cornerstone pieces of the Op Art movement, "Zebra" by Victor Vasarely (pictured). Students saw a number of works by famous Op Artists Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley.

Since we've returned from break students have learned how to create two additional optical illusions and are then choosing one of these drawings to add color to. This is a great exercise for students as they develop their spatial awareness.


Also... they look pretty awesome. Click on the links before to check out the official webpages of our Op artists!

5th Grade

Paul Klee Artwork

The 5th graders have been working hard to finish up their first poster-size work of art this year--their Paul Klee-inspired artwork. With a variety of mediums at their disposal students created a simplistic drawing over a large grid. They then decided upon two color schemes for their artwork--one for their background, and one for their object.


A lot of 5th graders put in a lot of indoor-recess time to finish these masterpieces. In the process students learned a bit about three major color schemes: monochromatic (a color scheme using a single color), analogous (a color scheme using similar colors), and complimentary (a color scheme using opposite colors).


In conjunction with the artwork students are using their iPads to create a video of themselves reflecting on their artwork by answering the following questions:


1. How did I make my artwork? Explain what steps you had to go through to create your artwork. Include which mediums you used.


2. What can I improve upon in my artwork?


3. What did I do well in my artwork?


4. What color scheme (or color schemes) did I use?


When finished students then need to upload their video to their digital portfolio on Google Drive. Feel free to check in with your son/daughter and ask to see their video!

Paul Klee Video Instructions

Does your son/daughter still need to make their reflection video? Here's the instruction sheet from our Schoology page.