News From the Art Room

December 1st - 5th

All Parents

New Sketchbook Challenge!

It has been entirely too long since our last Sketchbook Challenge. In honor of the changing seasons this week's Sketchbook Challenge is to draw the age-old snowflake. Grab a ruler and a drawing utensil or two--bonus points for adding color and variation! Break out the water colors or the glitter glue or scissors to add some flair!

Snowflakes are great examples of geometric lines & shapes, as well as symmetrical balance. Below is a simple, short, relaxing video tutorial to help get you started.
How to draw Snowflake

Riverview's Holiday Fundraiser is Going on Now!

Each year we put on a fundraiser for the art program at Riverview and that fundraiser is happening now through the holidays! 5th graders created holiday-themed paintings that have been turned into cards and professionally printed. Below is a link to a page with all of the information you'll need for ordering.

If you have already ordered cards your cards are ready to be picked up! Have your child swing by the art room this week to grab them if they haven't already.

Come join us at Dunn Bro's in Farmington on Tuesday, December 9th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for our 3rd Annual Meet The Artist Night. All students and families are invited to come join us in seeing the 5th graders' holiday-themed paintings be put on display for the public to enjoy! There will be hot cocoa and cookies provided--you bring the cheer! You can also bring your checkbook as Dunn Bro's will be open for regular business during this time as well, if hot cocoa isn't your thing! Stop in and say hello or put your feet up and stay for awhile.

Either way, we hope you're able to come celebrate our students' works as they will be on display at Dunn Bro's throughout the holiday season.


Rainbow Colors, Cutting, and Gluing

The Kindergarteners have are putting both their fine motor skills and their problem solving skills to the test in their latest painting. Students created paintings using stripes of color in the same order as the colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow... do you remember your rainbow colors?). Students are then tasked with cutting their paintings apart and gluing them down onto black paper.

The multi-step process is something that we will continue to work on in Kindergarten as we work to prepare students for future learning. It's a fun time to be in art class for our little ones!

1st Grade

Still-Life Paintings

Having solved all of life's mysteries surrounding warm colors and cool colors, the 1st Graders are now creating their very own still-life paintings. We looked at a few historical examples from Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Monet as well as a few more contemporary examples of what a still-life painting could be.

Students are finishing painting all of the fruit for their still-life paintings (conveniently enough the fruits just so happen to be red, yellow, blue, orange, green, and purple--the Primary and Secondary colors) and will soon be cutting them out and gluing them down. Keep an eye out for these next week!

2nd Grade

Color Wheels and Color Theory

The 2nd graders finished making their 12-color color wheels (using all primary, secondary, and tertiary colors) and have moved on to their next painting--an abstract piece made of overlapping hands that the 2nd graders traced. The purpose of this painting is two-fold--first, to give the students practice with their fine-motor skills by manipulating their various brushes to create even, neatly painted shapes, and second, to open students to the world of Color Theory. This coming week the 2nd graders will be discussing how different colors "work together" and how different colors do not. We will be putting this knowledge to the test when we begin creating our color schemes and painting them.

3rd Grade

Pointillism and Hatching

The 3rd graders have started learning about two different techniques for shading--Pointillism and Hatching/Cross-Hatching. We went through some practice exercises last week where the students explored creating different values using nothing more than their markers and some intentional spacing. This week 3rd graders are taking a day to practice their newly learned techniques so that they're prepared to create their Pointillism projects at week's end.

Pointillism is a unique and fun way to create art. It is not difficult, but requires patience and forethought--things 3rd graders are known to an abundance of, right? This is part of what makes Pointillism a valuable lesson--there is no way to rush this technique without greatly affecting the end-product. This is one of the first projects students do in art class that results in a more quiet, focused, and relaxed atmosphere.

Despite being a short promotional video (read: advertisement) for a brand of markers, the video below gives a fairly clear picture of how students are creating their drawings. Check it out!

Connector Pen Pointillism

Abstract Line Designs, Texture, and Animals

The 4th graders recently finished up their Abstract Line Designs and the fruits of their labors are hanging up out in the hallway outside the art room. Holy smokes have the compliments come rolling in on these! Make sure to check in with your child about the creation process for this work of art as it's been a very different process from what students are used to!

Currently the 4th graders are creating portraits of animals whilst learning about observational drawing, proportion, and texture. Students are tasked with selecting a portrait of an animal (either from online or from provided books/magazines) and then must practice drawing it from observation. This is a difficult process to learn as students learn to "turn off" the left hemisphere of their brains and "turn on" the right hemisphere of their brains (we're all well versed in Betty Edwards' seminal work Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, right??).

Lastly students will take this process and apply it to drawing their animal portraits on scratch paper. One of the great benefits to working with scratch paper is that it forces students to look at values from a very different perspective. Creating light marks on dark paper means the process for shading is backwards from what students are used to (that is, making dark marks on light paper).

Below is a video showing scratch paper in action. Check it out!

Incredible Tabby Cat Scratch Board Speed Drawing

5th Grade Art

Paul Klee and Color Schemes

The 5th graders have finished their unit on typography and are moving on to creating multi-medium collage art inspired by the works of Paul Klee. Students looked at a handful of Paul Klee's pieces and learned about his fascination with and genuine appreciation for children's art.

Additionally, students are learning about three different color schemes--Monochromatic, Analogous, and Complementary--and will be utilizing one of them for their paintings.

Look for these paintings to be put on display later next week!

Paul Klee Prezi

This Prezi was the initial introduction 5th graders received when we first looked at Paul Klee that shows a handul of Klee's works. The pieces selected for this presentation were selected for their apparent influence from children's artwork.