January/February Art News

Third grade is learning about the “7 Wonders of the World” (past & present) in Media and choosing one to depict in Art. In Art, they are doing a black and white version using markers and crayon, a color version using tempera, and finally, a cut-paper version. These art pieces will be photographed and utilized in their Media project. We discussed that artists often use the same source image repeatedly in their practice, with the goal of improving their technique with each version. Famous artists who often did this include Monet, Warhol, and Michelangelo.

Fourth grade has been exploring low relief in both printmaking and clay. We began by making two collograph (also spelled “collagraph”) print blocks: one with cardboard, one with yarn. Then, we worked on our clay tiles using the “score, slip, secure” method of attaching clay-to-clay. While the clay tiles are drying and being fired, we will start printing our blocks. Students also had a drawing project, “graffiti walls”. You can learn more about printmaking by viewing the Slideshare below.

 

Fifth grade completed their collaborative brochure designs using Google Classroom when we returned from break. The focus was on the main elements of design: proximity, alignment, negative space, contrast, and repetition. Now, students drew four different animal eyes based on their Chromebook research before beginning chalk pastel. You can watch a video about design below.

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November/December Art News

Third grade artists learned how to use “simple shapes” (circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle) in drawing dragons and unicorns. Then, we moved onto watercolor techniques, focusing on value (layering of color, controlling the strength of the color with how much water is added). In December, students completed their watercolors and added colored pencil details on top. We finished the semester by drawing and coloring castles.

Student watercolor of dragon

3rd Grade

Student watercolor of dragon

3rd Grade

Student watercolor of unicorn

3rd Grade

Fourth grade artists learned about the “Pop Art” style, and viewed pictures from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s “Infinity Mirrors: Kusama” exhibit. We discussed the traits of Pop Art before students created sketches in that style for their acrylic paintings. We focused on carefully layering the paintings, working from large areas to medium areas to details, and completed the painting unit right before break. Students ended the semester by viewing the art of Jen Stark, and doing their own colorful versions of “melted rainbows.”

Student abstract acrylic painting

4th Grade

Student acrylic of footballs and baseballs repeated

4th Grade

Student acrylic of food items

4th Grade

Fifth grade artists viewed and discussed the art of Ecuador, which is an integration with the fifth grade unit on the Inca and Mayans. Students sketched their choice of nature motifs or landscape subject, which are the predominant themes in art from Ecuador. Fifth grade is also exploring creating value with paint, using acrylic paint for their pieces. After the painting unit ended, students began collaborating on a brochure about Ecuador. We viewed and discussed videos on graphic design principles once the brochures were started. The brochures will be completed after break, with students working on Chromebooks for their three-panel designs.

The graphic tutorials can be viewed at my Google Site (see posting below pictures).

Student abstract painting

5th Grade

Student landscape painting

5th Grade

Student landscape painting

5th Grade

Student landscape painting

5th Grade

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Video Tutorials

https://sites.google.com/aurora-schools.org/girbinoart/home

At my Google Site: I created tutorials  to help with drawing, weaving, etc. under “Tutorials”.

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October Art News

3rd graders: Students have completed clay owls using the pinch pot method. They have been bisque-fired and are getting glazed next (update 11/2/18, see below for glazed owls). Students are also weaving with paper and collaging, which supports mathematical sequencing and small-motor skills.

Photo of Bisque Owls

Bisque Owls

Photograph of glazed clay owls

Glazed Clay Owls

Photograph of glazed clay owls

Glazed Clay Owls

Photograph of glazed clay owls

Glazed Clay Owls

4th graders: We have reviewed the concepts of foreground, middle ground, and background in a composition. After sketching, students cut and glued-down their flat backgrounds. Then, students learned about paper engineering techniques such as score and fold, slotting, and other 3D paper techniques. The middle ground and foreground elements are being worked on now using those techniques.

In the drawing below, the foreground is the rocks and fisherman, the middle ground is the water, and the background is the hills on the horizon line.

Drawing, Men Fishing with a Rod and Net, ca. 1897

Drawing, Men Fishing with a Rod and Net, ca. 1897

Photograph of 3D paper techniques

Paper Techniques

5th graders: Fifth graders learned about 3D construction techniques for cardboard animals, and are currently drawing detailed zentangles in their pieces using gel pens. Very soon, we will be ready to cut them out and put them together. Small index card prototypes were created to check their designs and brainstorm 3D building techniques.

Photo of animal template parts

Animal Templates from http://krokotak.com

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The Start of 2018-19

We have been writing & illustrating personal narratives in all three grade levels, a cross-curricular integration.

  • Integration supports D.O.K. learning (depth of knowledge). The illustrated books are an ELA/Art integration.
  • The first class period was devoted to drawing with simple shapes, a pre-cursor to drawing more representationally. Then, we brainstormed memories, and chose one to write about for their book, we practiced drawing for illustration (pictures depict words). Each subsequent class, students have been drawing for the majority of the class (if students complete each page, there are six drawings including the cover).
  • We have covered the elements of composition, and students are using them in their illustrations. I called them “Composition Pops” and they include: drawing big, filling the paper, overlapping shapes, lines off the paper, foreground/middle ground/background, and scale (up close=large, far away=small) .

We have been writing & illustrating our books during the month of September, using markers and colored pencils. Additionally, each grade level completed a sketchbook pre-assessment.

Photo of colored pencils

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  • Third grade created staple books.
  • Fourth grade made accordion books.
  • Fifth grade made step books.

There are great book making resources that will reinforce the small-motor and craftsmanship skills we are learning in Art. One to try is- http://www.makingbooks.com/freeprojects.shtml

Another- https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/bookmaking-crafts-make-books.html

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5th Grade April/May News

Fifth grade artists used the pinch-pot method to make either bowls (adding coils on top or regular bowls) or “big-mouth creatures”. The pieces were bisque-fired, glazed, then glaze-fired. Students also built Lego sculptures and drew them in two-point perspective. Here is a tutorial for drawing in perspective–http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Two-Point-Perspective-Drawing/

drawing of Legos in 2 point perspective

Two-Point Perspective

drawing of Legos in 2 point perspective

Two-Point Perspective

drawing of Legos in 2 point perspective

Two-Point Perspective

photo of clay project

Glaze-Fired Clay

photo of clay projects

Glaze-Fired Clay

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4th Grade April/May Art News

Watercolor of street scene in one-point perspective

One-Point Perspective Watercolor

Fourth Grade artists learned how to draw in one point perspective after looking at several examples from various art museums. Then, they used watercolor to add layers of transparent color. Here are a series of one-point perspective tutorials and examples for all skill levels (from beginner to advanced)–https://www.studentartguide.com/articles/one-point-perspective-drawing

Watercolor of street scene in one-point perspective

One-Point Perspective Watercolor

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3rd Grade April/May Art News

Third grade artists watched a video about a very creative building called “The Happy Rizzi House”, based on the artwork of Pop artist, James Rizzi. Then, they created a four-panel drawing using markers and crayons in the Rizzi style (if you tape the sides together, they will stand up).

crayon and marker drawing

Rizzi Houses

crayon and marker drawings

Rizzi Houses

crayon and marker drawing

Rizzi Houses

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March/April News

Fifth grade artists (top 2 photos) looked at and discussed the intricate cut paper art of Maud Vantours, before creating their own symmetrical & layered cut paper designs.

Third grade artists (middle photo), embossed tracings of landscape satellite images, and extended them into the negative space of their compositions. Then, we spent several weeks painting their “Drone’s Eye View” art.

Fourth grade artists (bottom 2 photos) looked at and discussed examples of pointillism, then drew landscapes using foreground, middle ground, and background. Students used different tools, such as paintbrushes (both ends) and Q-tips, to paint their “Dotted Landscapes”.

Cut paper art

Fifth Grade

Cut Paper art

Fifth Grade

Tempera painting

Third Grade

dotted painting

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

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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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