News From the Art Room
December 1st - 5th
New Sketchbook Challenge!
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.
Riverview's Holiday Fundraiser is Going on Now!
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.
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 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!
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!
Color Wheels and Color Theory
Pointillism and Hatching
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!
Abstract Line Designs, Texture, and Animals
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!
5th Grade Art
Paul Klee and Color Schemes
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!
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.