Sunday, December 20, 2015

Ceramic emoji.

Fifth grade learned about the art of emojis. We went through a lesson on simple communication we use in texts these days.  "Moji" means character in Japan.  The main object was to create a character that showed emotion using a slab (of clay).  There is an artist that designed all the emojis for the iPhone....that is his job.   

Sunday, December 13, 2015

At least it is snowing in the Art Room.

First grade learned about the difference between negative space and positive space.  They used mixed media to create these beauties.  It might be a while before we see a real snowman, who would have thought that there would be no snow in December in Wisconsin....we should have added surf boards and beach towels to these!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Kindergarten mouse paint.

Kindergarten is starting to explore color and how color works.  The book "Mouse Paint" is where I like to start with.  We use the shapes we already learned to draw a mouse and then I gave them puddles of the primary colors and the goal is to paint red, yellow, blue, purple, green, and orange on their paper somewhere....anywhere on their paper.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Snow puddles.

First grade and kindergarten are working on their cutting skills.  We discussed shapes and drew snowman shapes in random spots, then the task or challenge was to cut it out all in one organic shape.  The trick was to cut in different directions without cutting out any of the snowman shapes.  In the end it obviously represents a melted snowman, right?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Piet Mondrian inspiration.

Third grade learned about an artist named Piet Mondrian.  They discovered that he used to be an elementary school teacher who painted in his spare time.  He got recognition in the art world for using only primary colors and applying them to geometric shapes.  The students had a fun time creating in his style.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The painted spiral.

Fourth graders did a one day abstract project that involved metallic tempera paint and a spiral.  I like one day projects because you just do them, enjoy them, and then move on.  These kind of make me dizzy!

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Third grade went through the printmaking process with the subject matter of the Mexican holiday "Dia de los Muertos".  The students created some relief prints of a skull design.  They did a series of prints.  I love these.

Monday, November 2, 2015

District Office Art Show.

These are the five selections that are framed at the District Office this year.  Every year we have students loan out their artwork so that we can mat and frame it and display it at the D.O.  We just had our award ceremony this past week.  Congrats!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Finished monster forms.

Fourth grade finally finished their monster sculptures (I mean forms).  It is a good lesson on going with your mistakes because there is no right or wrong way to sculpt a monster....after all monsters are not real right? 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Secondary Colors.

After the first graders learned about the primary colors they then naturally learned about secondary colors.  We also used depth, space, moving line, and perspective in this one.  These are cool....first grade is cool. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Color schemes.

Fifth grade discussed lines and colors.  We discovered that color schemes can make the compositions work.  If it wasn't for color schemes you would not even see the leaves in these pictures.  The students enjoyed this one more than I thought they would.