February Art News

Third grade completed their clay Tiki masks or animal faces, and also created puppets after watching a video on making them featuring Jim Henson. They are currently starting a drawing unit.

Fourth Grade are finishing multiple projects including “Dot Grid Drawings”, “Graffiti Walls”, and drawing in their sketchbooks.

Fifth grade is wrapping up an integrative unit, creating Graphic Novels, using the “plot mountain”, and researching the topic on a specifically designed website on that topic, using 1:1 Chromebooks. Fifth grade is also drawing in their sketchbooks.

Video tutorials on drawing hands (fourth grade) and drawing shoes (fifth grade) are right below this post. In both cases, we are focusing on observational drawing, an important cognitive set to build small motor skills.
Photo clay Tiki masksPhoto of clay Tiki masksPhoto of Sock Puppets

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5th Grade: Drawing a Shoe

Note: There is no sound!

DrawingAShoe from L. Girbino on Vimeo.

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4th Grade: How to Draw a Hand

DrawingHands from L. Girbino on Vimeo.

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Graffiti Presentation: Fourth Grade


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December/January News

Third Grade: Third graders are wrapping up an investigation of layering oil pastels in their “Dragons & Unicorns” unit. Students started by sketching either a dragon or unicorn using “simple shapes” (circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle–these are the building blocks of all drawings). Then, they redrew larger and applied two layers of oil pastels over the course of three weeks. We are now scratching through the second layer (with toothpicks) to reveal the design details and color underneath.

Fourth Grade: Fourth grade is wrapping up a “Craftster Lab”, where our focus is good craftsmanship. Students could make either Rolled Paper Animals, Tunnel Books, or A.T.C.’s (Artists’ Trading Cards).

Fifth Grade: Fifth grade also is finishing up a “Craftster Lab”, but fifth graders researched their artist first, working 1:1 on Chromebooks for two weeks. Then, students either created recyclable sculptures with items like cardboard, paper towel tubes, and papier mache, or they made detailed ink pen drawings, or crafted three dimensional construction paper animals (it all depended on the artist they researched).

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October/November News

In third grade, students made Zendoodles, then used a viewfinder to select a section for their abstract painting. Students used acrylic paint and mixed their own colors to apply on their enlarged (using proportional grids) compositions. We ended the unit with peer feedback on the last painting day using a tool called the art sandwich, which is one suggestion for improvement sandwiched between two compliments.

In fourth grade, students carved linoleum blocks and printed them rotationally, which is four prints going clockwise around a center point. Students also imprinted their blocks into clay and turned them into tiles, trays, or bowls. The clay  is being glaze fired right now. Additionally, fourth grade is working on their dot grid drawings, using rulers and colored pencils.

In fifth grade, students watched videos demonstrating watercolor techniques while taking sketch notes, a form of visual notetaking. Working from their sketch notes, students developed a composition for watercolor using either D’arches watercolor paper or Yupo, a synthetic paper. Favorite techniques included salting, wet-on-wet, and masking. Fifth grade students also completed peer feedback using the art sandwich before completing a second, smaller watercolor.

Next up: 3rd–drawing dragons and unicorns; 4th–a “Craftster Lab”, choice-based paper crafting; 5th–using computers, each student is researching a modern animal-themed sculptor before starting their “Sculpture Craftster Lab.” In these labs, students are choosing their process, product, and materials, with a focus on the concept of craftsmanship.

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September Art News 2017

We had a busy month learning about shading and drawing with simple shapes as third graders made “Ninja Eggs”, fourth grade used lines to design “Zentangles”, and fifth grade used MINIMAL REALISM in their animal collages. The focus artist for 5th grade was graphic artist Charley Harper. Learn about this influential artist at https://www.charleyharperartstudio.com/

Above, Ninja Eggs.

Below, Zentangles.

Below, Animal Collages.

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3rd Grade Art: May

Students did crayon rubbings for the background of their jungle art and construction paper pop-ups for their animals.

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3rd Grade Art: March & April

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In March, students wove on their “Wacky Guitars” and designed “Mason Jar Critters”. In April, they worked in pairs to co-draw, then turned the imaginary scenes into their own creation with layered and blended colored pencils (“Doodle Duos”). In late … Continue reading

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4th Grade Art: April & May

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Students completed a graffiti unit, choosing 3 symbols for themselves and designing one tag (marker). Then, they shaded in their brick wall backgrounds from light to dark with colored pencil. We are ending the year with layered acrylic abstract paintings, … Continue reading

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