Friday, May 18, 2018

A Visit to the Bonifas

Webster 2nd graders had the amazing opportunity to visit the Bonifas Arts Center and view the Manoogian Exhibit.  They learned gallery etiquette, they learned about realism and impressionism, and they noticed painting details that can only be experienced from a first-hand visit to a gallery or museum.  This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see world-class art in our own town.  This field trip was made possible by the Webster PTO, who paid for our transportation.  I 'd also like to thank the Webster teachers and support staff who had to rearrange lunches and schedules to make it happen.  Lastly, I'd like to thank Mr. LeClaire who came with us and helped get the final details in place.  




Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Youth In Art 2018

Congratulations to all!  The Youth in Art exhibit at the Bonifas Fine Arts Center is breathtaking.  I was lucky enough to spot some extremely talented students at last Thursday's award ceremony, and they let me take their pictures.  I am humbled by the hard work and effort these amazing kids put into their creations.  If you haven't seen the exhibit yet, it will be on display until the end of March.  It is worth checking out!















Thursday, February 22, 2018

Paper Strip Sculptures

First graders learned that sculptures are 3-dimensional and will not go home in their folders because they are not flat!  Sculptures can be big, like the Statue of Liberty, or they can be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.  They can be made out of glass, metal, stone, ice, paper, wood, clay, or found objects.
Students learned how to cut, fold, bend, and glue paper to make it into sculptures.  They attached the paper to a cardboard base.  Students imagined roller coasters, slides, forts, and all kinds of creative places as they sculpted.

"I learned that scraps can be beautiful," -Owen
I learned how to make sculptures out of paper - even at home!" -Blake

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jim Dine's "LOVE"

We completed this project in two phases: Phase 1 - designing a foam printing plate and printing four successful prints; Phase 2 - studying Jim Dine's art and assembling a project inspired by his art.
We talked about why art is printed.  It can be more graphic, it's reproducible, it's fun!  Students drew with a ball point pen on a foam sheet.  They did not include words or numbers, as they would appear backward when printed.  I encouraged them to stick with patterns, lines, and shapes and to avoid pictures because these printed papers would be used on a project the next week.  Students chose both paper color and ink color thoughtfully.  Printing blue ink on blue paper wouldn't work out, for example.

The next art class we looked at art from Jim Dine.  His pop art has been on Christmas cards and on postage stamps.   His iconic LOVE image has been turned into huge sculptures that are on display in several cities in the United States and around the world.  We discussed how art can be found everywhere and anywhere!  There is art on your shirt, in parks, on buildings...
Students then cut out large letters and a heart to glue on top of their prints to create their own Jim Dine-inspired LOVE art.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Stamped Snowflakes

First graders learned all about snowflakes in the art room.  I read the book, Snowflake Bentley.  We learned how snowflakes form, that they are six-sided crystals, and that no two are alike.  I love integrating art, science, and language.
They started by applying white tempera paint to the edge a popsicle stick and stamping it six times to make the arms of the snowflake.  Then they used foam shapes mounted to wood blocks, lasagna noodles, and marker caps to stamp more shapes on each arm. Students thought about radial symmetery while applying shapes. I put wet sponges in the tray so they could blot off the excess paint when they were done stamping with each item.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter Landscape

First graders loved this one-day project!  It really packed in the learning, which made is a keeper for me.  Our learning target was met through the use of a new medium: liquid watercolor.  Furthermore, it had just snowed, so there was inspiration all around us!
Students followed directed drawing instructions by drawing with pencil and tracing with Sharpie.  We discussed how space is created in the picture by creating close, large trees and smaller, farther away trees.
Then kids got right to work with the watercolor.  I chose orange, red, magenta, purple and blue.  For the most part, students would acheive success (and few unpleasant mixing problems) with these colors.  They began at the horizon line and overlapped horizontal stipes all the way up.  At the end, I showed them how to add footprints; larger ones on the first hill, smaller ones on the second hill.