Thursday, April 23, 2015

Are We Real Artists Yet?

Are We Real Artists Yet?


Gotta love the stained hands that come from creative work!

Sixth Grade Klimt Tree of Life Prints

Sixth Grade Klimt Tree of Life Prints

Sixth Graders were introduced to the life and work of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), an Austrian painter known for his Modern Art/Art Nouveau paintings and murals, many of which are richly adorned in gold leaf and deep in symbolism.


Sixth Graders painted two background pages, one using warm colors (reds, yellows, oranges) and one using cool colors (blues, greens, purples).  Next, students drew their own Tree of Life, using Klimt's Art Nouveau style as inspiration.  The drawings were transferred to foam printing plates, which were then inked and printed onto both backgrounds.







Sixth Grade Tree Weavings

Sixth Grade Tree Weavings

Since this is the Year of the Sheep, my students have all had the opportunity to weave.  Sixth Graders have been working on a really cool weaving project that incorporates some really great art standards.  This project was developed by one of the most interesting and best dressed art teachers ever...Cassie Stephens from Nashville, TN.

The students began by painting a simple landscape onto a paper plate.  They learned how to make tints and shades and experimented with intensity.  For many students, this was their first opportunity to paint with acrylics.


The next week, they used a template to mark their notch lines that they then used to warp their loom (i.e. the paper plate).  Yarn was wound around these notches to provide a frame for the weaving and then they continued using the yarn to create a tree trunk with or without branches.

Once they completed their bare trees, students then selected yarn in various colors to create their foliage.  Weaving the yarn over and under, they created some very colorful trees.