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Updates from the Monroe Art Program

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Kinder-Artists

In kindergarten art we are learning about Janet Fish. She is a contemporary American Realist painter, which means she paints normal, every day objects. She really likes to paint collections, especially flowers and shiny glass things! She is really good at painting all of colors reflecting off of glass. After we looked at her work, we began creating our own paintings of flowers in a glass vase. We are using the Element of Art, shape, to create our vases and our flowers. We are learning about the Principle of Design, balance. We are creating balance by placing our vase in the center of our paper, and spreading our flowers out evenly. When we are finished, we won't need to "fish" for compliments. They are going to look fabulous!!

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Fantastic Firsties

In first grade we learned about the Elements of art, shape and form. We learned that shape is flat, and two-dimensional, while form has depth and is three-dimensional. We also learned about the Principle of Design, emphasis. We learned that emphasis is the most important part of the artwork, or the center of interest. First graders will read Dr. Suess's Oh the Places You'll Go, so we learned about hot air balloon rides, and are creating hot air balloon collages, using shape, form, and emphasis. Prepare to be blown away when you see our finished pieces!
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Second Grade Seurats

In second grade art, we are learning about Sonia Delaunay, the first living woman to have art on display at the Louvre. She and her husband, Robert, started the Orphism movement. It was all inspired by a quilt she created for her baby son! We learned that Orphism is non-objective, which means it is simply a design and does not represent anything. The two most important parts of Orphism are geometric shapes and bold colors. We learned the difference between the Elements of Art, shape (2-D) and form (3-D). We learned about the complimentary colors, and that using them together creates contrast (a Principle of Design). We used blocks, which are forms, to create our non-objective geometric shape designs. Second graders sure know how to think outside the box, which is why our artwork looks AWESOME!
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Great Third Graders

In third grade, we are excited to begin a pirate ship collage, now that we've finished with testing! Aarrghhh!!! We will be learning about the American artist, Winslow Homer. He specialized in marine paintings. We will learn about the Elements of Art, space. We will learn about the Principles of Design, rhythm and movement. Our artwork will be better than buried treasure!

Fabulous Fourthies

In fourth grade we learned about Romare Bearden, after we toured the Fred Jones, Jr. Art Museum, and saw one of his paintings. We studied his collage “The Block”. It was inspired from jazz music and his neighborhood, Harlem in New York. He used lots of materials in his collages, from paint to magazine pictures. We learned that sgraffito is when an artist scratches into a layer of paint to show a different color underneath. We cut painted paper to create houses and buildings in our neighborhood, then added images from magazines of things we see in our neighborhood. We created balance by using odd numbers of objects, which pulls the eye into the center of the art. Our "The Block" collages turned out as unique as we are!
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Fantastic Fifth Graders

In fifth grade art we learned about the Element of Art, form, and shading spheres. After studying the solar system, we let it inspire our latest collage project. We learned about highlights and shadows. We learned about analogous colors, and how to use them to make a circle look like a sphere. We learned about warm and cool colors, and that we use warm colors for highlights and cool colors for shadows. We shaded spheres with chalk pastels to make the planets. Then we used positive and negative space to create balance in our solar system collage. We used color to create contrast and variety. Our collages are out-of-this-world!!
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Mr. Haberman's Awesome Artists

We are learning about Janet Fish. She is a contemporary American Realist painter, which means she paints normal, every day objects. She really likes to paint collections, especially flowers and shiny glass things! She is really good at painting all of colors reflecting off of glass. We are learning about the Element of Art, shape. We are creating torn paper collages of flowers in vases, and they are going to be fabulous!

Little Picasso Tip

Children create amazing artwork because they are uninhibited. When your child shows you a piece of artwork, respond with enthusiasm. Allow them time to explain the inspiration and process. Compliment their creativity and skill, and encourage them to continue making art. As Picasso says, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
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Things We Could Use

Clorox wipes

Baby wipes

Mavalous Tape