It has been a very busy month at Leighton Art! Third grade finished their papier mache puppets, and because everyone was so excited about them, they all went home (although I really would have loved to display them). Then, we learned about the Pop artist, Andy Warhol and his silkscreen paintings, especially his “Campbell’s Soup Cans”. Students are currently working on their own 3D soup cans using construction paper, but most have very creative ingredients other than soup .
Fourth grade finished a large geometry/art integration where we looked at the art of Charles Demuth:his “I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold” (a portrait of a friend). We reviewed color mixing, including primaries to make secondaries, and adding white (tints) or black (shades) to a color. Students chose a number that represented them, and divided their artwork in segments using a ruler. After several weeks of careful painting, we discussed geometry terms that are key for fourth grade math. Students then found 3 of those geometry terms in their art, traced them on tracing paper, labeled them, then wrote an artist’s reflection (“2 Stars and a Wish”). Many of these are currently displayed in the Leighton halls circling the media center.
Fifth grade completed their clay unit, using the pinch pot method to sculpt a gargoyle or dragon. Additionally, students used colored pencil to make “Op Art Shading Blobs”. We used the Smartboard to view the wonderful gargoyles (functioning downspouts) and “grotesques” (purely decorative) at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Did you know that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Etruscans and Romans all used animal-shaped waterspouts? In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building. Preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls is important because running water erodes the mortar between the stone blocks. Additional places in the U.S.A. that you can see such sculptures are Princeton University and The Biltmore Hotel.