Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5th Grade Native Americans - Northern Plains

5th Grade American Indian Clothing

In conjunction with their thematic unit on Native Americans, Fifth Graders completed a four-week project on the Northern Plains Indians.  Using photographic images of traditional Assiniboine and Sioux clothing as inspiration, students engaged in a multi-step painting and collage project.  The finished pieces can be seen in the school library.

Thanks to Patty over at Deep Space Sparkle for the lesson!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fourth Grade - Klee Cats

Our Fourth Graders were introduced to the child-like and colorful work of Paul Klee. 

Klee (1879 - 1940) was a Swiss artist whose work was powerfully influenced by Wasilly Kandinsky and Franz Marc.  Together they formed Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) group which was instrumental to the Expressionist art movement.

An artist from a young age, Klee struggled with color and felt he might never learn to paint.  This changed during a visit to Tunisia in 1914.  Impressed by the quality of light there, he wrote, "Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it, I know that it has hold of me forever...color and I are one.  I am a painter."

Our Fourth Graders were directed in a simple line drawing of Klee's cat.  They then used brilliant chalk pastels to color the cats, finishing with a black oil pastel outline to further enhance their work.  Beautiful every time!

Fourth Grade work is on display in the school library.

Third Grade Underwater Hippos

Third Graders, using the work of contemporary folk artist Melanie Mikecz as inspiration, completed a drawing of a hippopotamus in crayon.  The work was finished with a wash of liquid watercolors to paint the sky and the water.  Fun, colorful, and a great review of crayon resist with watercolors!

Class work is on display in the Third Grade hallway.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Art Contest with Art Hub for Kids

One of the blogs I follow, Art Hub for Kids, is having an art contest!  

There are two age categories and great prizes to be won.

If interested, read on...

Our 2014 Fall Art Contest Is In Full Swing!

We have two age groups for our art contest. The first is 6 and under, and the second is for 7-12 year crowd. Check the links below to get all the details, and see what your kids could win!

6 years old and under age group:

7-12 years old age group:

Rob and Kids