Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year 2011.....Fifth Grade clay dragons!

Fifth grade CLAY DRAGONS in honor of the
Chinese New Year that began on February 3, 2011!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fourth Grade Face Jugs.....just waiting

Fourth grade FACE JUGS waiting to be fired in the kiln!

First Grade Warm/Cool Fish Prints

First graders found out all about Japanese fish printing, "Gyotaku"......but we didn't use real fish! Long ago Japanese fishermen would paint a fish that they had caught with black ink and press a piece of newspaper on top of it to create a print, this process was used to record to size of their catch! We also learned all about warm and cool color schemes, fish habitats and even used found objects (corks) to print along the bottom of our artwork to create coral. What wonderful art learning was had by all!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Kindergartners created these FABULOUS collage hearts inspired by artist, Jim Dine. Each student drew 6 hearts and got to use various art materials: watercolor pencils, oil pastels, tempera paint, glitter crayons, metallic crayons, tissue paper and markers to make each heart unique. The borders around their collage were their found object printing paper scraps from their previous lesson, African mud cloths!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Recycled Crayons!

RECYCLE old crayons and make new ones!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

African Kente Cloth Collographs

Second graders were inspired to create kente cloth collographs inspired by
the book, The Spider Weaver, A Legend of Kente Cloth.
Many kente cloths are displayed in the front lobby!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Third Grade Handbuilt Clay Coil Pots

Beautiful clay, coil pots right out of the kiln created by third graders!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Kindergartners just got finished creating African style mudcloths using neutral colors! The patterns were made by stamping with various found objects like: forks, tops, beads, sponges, marker tops, clothespins and so much more. After stamping, students cut their printed papers and glued on top of the other strips. Students wove their strips together to create a more interesting pattern! I hung them all together as a class to create a even larger piece of artwork for our school to view!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Second Grade Clay Islands

Second graders created these amazing clay islands in December that were inspired by Gregor Turk. We viewed artwork by Gregor Turk, read books about islands, reviewed past knowledge about islands, looked at aerial views of islands on the internet and finally discussed different ways to create texture using clay! Each island is unique with trees, rivers, volcanos and even a sand beach! Students listened to steel drums playing while working for inspiration! Many islands are displayed in the media center, so go take a look!

A little behind..........

I am a little behind posting many of my completed lessons. I will be posting many in the next few days! Make sure that you check back to see the amazing work my students are creating here at Lake Forest Elementary!