Each quarter all elementary classes are in a contest against other grades to see who can win my daily score challenge. Students earn happy or sad marks during class for being able to follow directions, try their best, use art supplies correctly and be an overall good art student. Sad marks are given when we have trouble following art room rules. These happy/sad marks are tabulated into their score for the day, earning 1-3 overall checks. For this quarter, here are the results:
1st Place - Mrs. Olson's Kindergarten Class
(Earned an average of 3 checks each class,
and received NO sad marks through the whole quarter!)
2nd Place - Mr. LaBonte's 5th Grade Class
(Earned an average of 2.8 checks each class)
Tied for 3rd - Mrs. M's 5th Grade and Mrs. Vesser's 1st Grade
(Earned an average of 2.6)
The 2nd and 3rd place classes will receive a small prize, and Mrs. Olson's class will have a little art party to celebrate their victory during their next art class.
Reading Month continues as 5th grade was introduced to their official book of inspiration - MISTER SEAHORSE by Eric Carle. Even though this book may seem a little too simple for the average 5th grade reader, the illustrations are why I chose it for this group. Eric Carle is famous for his illustrations and they are truly his trademark. Eric is also famous for the books below (click to enlarge).
Today after reading the book, 5th graders practiced drawing a seahorse and other underwater creatures. After some rough draft time, students began to lay out their final design on watercolor paper with pencil. Click to enlarge some progress images below.
Today, Mrs. Martin's 4th Grade class was introduced to their READING MONTH book - ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT by Laurie Keller. (Shout out to my sister and her family for the recommendation!) Today, we practiced drawing the main character, Arnie and read the book. Students then had a chance to start on their FINAL doughnut, which will be continued during our next class. Doughnuts were drawn with pencil, sprinkles were added with neon oil pastel, and frosting was painted with watercolor. Check back for updates soon! Click on the images (from Mrs. Martin's class) below to enlarge.
UPDATE - March 13th!
Mr. Hellberg's donut creations can be viewed below!
Check out what other grades are
working on by clicking on the links below.
Kindergarten - The Lorax
2nd Grade - ELMER the Elephant
3rd Grade - Where the Wilds Things Are
Vincent Van Gogh is the artist that the 1st Grade class focused on for their ART HISTORY unit. After completing a practice drawing, students drafted out the final design using pencil, and finalized it with oil pastel. Students mimicked the visible brush strokes that Van Gogh was famous for by drawing BROKEN LINES around the stars in the sky. This technique gave the piece a look of the POST-IMPRESSIONISM of Van Gogh.
Next, the sky was painted with watercolor using COOL COLORS (green, blue or purple... maybe a touch of black for a touch of NIGHT). Lastly, Mrs. Veeser's class created their own "VILLAGE" using neon oil pastels. During our next class, the villages will get finished up, and final touches will be added. Click to enlarge the images below to see their progress.
Today, Mrs. Nuttall's 3rd Grade class started their READING MONTH project inspired by the classic WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Before telling them what their book was, we completed a directed drawing (see my silly examples below), and students had to guess if they recognized the character at all. After learning that they'd be drawing their own WILD THING, I read the book to them while they created their official first draft. I encouraged students to use parts of our two practice sketches, but also to make the character their own and be as creative as possible. We talked about PATTERN and TEXTURE being used to show things like fur and scales as well.
Students used construction paper crayons to create a rough draft of their WILD THING. I absolutely LOVE the creativity, and cannot wait to see the final result! Click to enlarge the images below.
After the practice drawing, students laid out their final concept on 12x18" white paper using pencil. Check out the images below for a sneak peek.
During our next class, WILD THINGS will
be finalized and we will start to add COLOR!
To coincide with the month of MARCH, which happens to be READING MONTH, all grades will be completing art projects inspired by children's BOOKS! Kindergarten started their directed drawing based on THE LORAX, and today 2nd Grade was introduced to ELMER and the BIG BIRD.
After putting finishing touches on their Art History project inspired by Andy Warhol, I completed a directed drawing of a mystery animal... an ELEPHANT! After learning how to draw ELMER and create a checkerboard, we read the book by David McKee. Students completed a second practice while I read the story to them, which is just one book in a series about Elmer the ELEPHANT and his colorful patchwork adventures.
Next time in art, we will be starting the FINAL, and adding colorful paint to the checkerboard! Click the images below to enlarge and see how the practice drawing went!
UPDATE - March 6th!
Today, the 2nd grade started their class by finishing up their ANDY WARHOL inspired CUPCAKES! We cleaned up the paint edges using a black chisel tip sharpie to create four sections first. Next, GLITTER was added for a little sparkle! All cupcakes will be displayed in the hallway next week. Click the images below to enlarge.
After completing the cupcakes, students worked on their ELMERs! After finalizing the Elephant shape, they learned how to make a CHECKERBOARD pattern using a ruler! THEY DID SO WELL with it... they surprised me a little bit to be honest. I'm very proud of their results. After the grid was complete, students used that fancy chisel tip sharpie to make our outlines stand out. Up next - COLOR!