Thursday, April 23, 2009

What is going on in the ART ROOM?

Kindergarten will be viewing many famous artists self portraits and drawing their own self portrait! We will discuss facial features, and shapes that make up our face. Students will be use black glue, tissue paper and paint to complete their masterpieces.

First grade is learning about all about snails and how spiral lines and patterns are found on many of their shells. Students are creating drawings of snails using many patterns and lines,especially SPIRAL lines. They will finish up their drawings with a crayon resist method! I even have real snails in a terrarium for students to look at in the art room. WOW!

Second grade is learning all about Leonardo daVinci and creating their own "Modern Mona" with a twist! Stop and ask one of my students about Leonardo and what they know about the Mona Lisa!! A Mona Lisa powerpoint is continuously showing different Mona Lisa's in the art room. Ms. Krass downloaded many musicians who sing about Mona Lisa in various songs, these songs are playing during the revolving powerpoint!

Third grade is working on their own radial weaving using various color schemes. Warm and cool colors, complementary colors and analogous colors. A radial weaving is a weaving in the shape of a circle. My students hands are furiously working in their craftsmanship while weaving.

Fourth grade was introduced to the artwork of Keith Haring and is gestural figures that make him so famous. Students learned how to create gestural drawings using each other as models. Students are using their gestural sketches to create their own Keith Haring inspired drawing, spray paint and all!

Fifth grade is learning about value and creating different value scales using pencils and paint. Students are using their value scales to help them create atmospheric perspective within an landscape.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Create instant art projects! Before tossing scrap paper or food boxes in to the recycle bin, take a quick minute to cut some odd shapes out of them. Think tissue boxes, cracker, and cereal boxes, colored office paper, and tissue and wrapping paper. Stash the pieces in an envelope and pull them out when you are ready to get creative with your children. Use them for a wide assortment of art projects, including: posters, murals or mosaics; or shape and color identification! Have fun and pull out all your art materials! Get CREATIVE and go GREEN!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Please donate yarn to the art room!

The art room is in need of yarn for a Third Grade weaving lesson! If you have any yarn that you would like to donate to the art room, we would appreciate it. It doesn't matter what color or thickness. Third graders are creating a radial weaving and using a paper plate as their loom. Each third grader has chosen a color scheme for their unique weaving.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Gummy Bears as Art Media

I love this artist, Yaya Chou! She created this awesome chandelier (light fixture) out of GUMMY BEARS! It looks like it is glowing inside and out! I would love to have this hanging in my classroom!

We recycle in front of the art room at Lake Forest!

I bet you didn't know that we recycle right in front of the art room at Lake Forest! Students bring items from home and place and in the appropriate recycling bins outside the art room. Students can recycle plastic tops, cans, plastic bottles and newspaper! The arts are going GREEN!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pablo Picasso once said........

Pablo Picasso once said,
"All children are artists, the problem is how
to remain an artist once he grows up."

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dogwood Festival this weekend at Piedmont Park!

Spring is here and that can only mean one thing in Atlanta: the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is back! The Dogwoods are in bloom, and hundreds of artists from around the country will set up their tents for the 73rd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival.