Third grade learned about Surrealism and discussed the artwork of Salvador Dali (“Persistence of Memory”) & Marc Chagall (“I & the Village”). Students thought about their own dreams, and used that as the inspiration for making rubbing templates out of tagboard. We then focused on the fine art of “frottage”, which is making rubbings, but using color layers, offsetting, and moving the plate around to improve the composition. This method (from French frotter, “to rub”) is a surrealist and “automatic” method of creative production developed by Max Ernst in 1925. Students wrote about their Surrealistic Dreams as their artists’ statements.
Fourth Grade used pattern in clay tiles decorated with engobe and finished off with a layer of acrylic “glitter glaze”, made paisley patterns with construction paper and colored pencils in addition to using Adobe Photoshop on the computers, and ended the year with one point perspective street scenes watercolored on Yupo. You can see many paisley patterns of both media types at our digital gallery on Artsonia.
5th grade made 2 point perspective treehouses using tempera paint and watercolor in April, continued their rotations to computers to design bus shelters using “Trimble Sketch-Up”, and spent well over a month creating art from discarded books for our “Altered Books” project. Great resources for making Altered Books is HERE. We ended our fifth grade art year (and I will miss all my students as the move on to middle school!!), with “Notan” (balancing light/dark, positive/negative) in a composition. Notan examples and a wonderful video we watched to get the students started is on Pinterest.
If you want to keep busy creating over the summer, here is my “Summer Symbaloo”, chock full of elementary age appropriate activities and websites that are free and do not require downloads (see screenshot below).