Sunday, November 15, 2015

Symmetrical leaves

Van Gogh's favorite season
The colors of autumn will never cease to inspire artists. With the warm crisp leaves and cool winter wind creeping in... it sure is a great way to review warm and cool colors. This lesson utilizes printmaking and integrates the math concept of symmetry as an element of design! 

Our first day, we reviewed warm colors and how to make a print with a leaf, thinking about symmetry with our arrangement.

The following day, I set up stations: one to finish printing and one to begin backgrounds. We embellished our backgrounds with oil pastels, using line to create pattern. Then we reviewed cool colors, and painted our background with those. This project took a total of three 40 minute periods to complete.

Here are just a few finished examples. Absolutely beautiful.

This project certainly brightened up our front lobby! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Veterans/Armistice Day Poppies

In Flanders fields the poppies blow...Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

                                  -Col. John McCrae, 1919
Throughout Europe, Canada and America, poppies have become a symbol of life, death and remembrance. 11/11 is a day to honor those who serve for us. It began as Armistice day, or the day World War I ended (on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour).

Third and fourth grade created large poppies to color our hallways and honor the Veterans in our lives. 
We hung the display at the end of October. By Veteran's Day--this flag was full of images of Veterans from our students and staff. Quite a powerful sight.

Display My Art Self Portraits

We hit the ground running this school year in the SV Art Room!  In support of the PTO, First through Fourth grade participated in an art project that was sent to for a school fundraiser. Because of our large student body and short time frame, the students were challenged with the same subject--a self portrait-- and the results were fabulous.

We take selfies for many reasons: to capture a memory, to show others how we want to be seen, to freeze time for an instant.  I encouraged our SV artists to illustrate details of something special about themselves this year that they want to remember. Because after all, this kind of artwork is meaningful when you look back on it years from now! And because of the nature of Display My Art, a company that prints artwork on various items...the artwork will last much longer than paper.

As an art teacher, I appreciated the personality, color and humor I saw in the drawings. I think parents and guardians will feel the same. We were restricted to use markers as our medium because of the nature of the scanners and deadline. The marker was tough for some to match their skin tone. Regardless, they turned out great. We were able to take a day and paint the backgrounds, which really made the work unique!

The images below are a mix of 1st through 4th grade. What personalities!