During the first semester of the school year, we had a few exciting changes in the upstairs art studio. Students now get to come to art twice a week, once for 45 minutes and the second class length is dependent upon the grade level. As a result of having more time with the students, I was able create days for “Open Studio”. Open studio provides the students with more time to finish their projects in class and/or time to explore different artistic mediums and techniques at their own pace. Doing this prepares students to work independently within a choice based studio while providing an artistic foundation that will support them through all levels of art classes at Episcopal Collegiate. Throughout the year, we will be exploring the elements art and variety of artists. We explored the elements of line and shape during the first semester and we are currently learning about color. Next month, we will start learning how artists illustrate depth in an artwork by exploring works from Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden and Faith Ringgold.
First graders are learning about cool and warm colors through two different projects this month. We are currently exploring the work of Claude Monet by creating our own “Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies” using cool colors. To explore using warm colors, we will be going on a safari and creating lions!
Second graders have been exploring tints and shades of colors through the work of Pablo Picasso. We are learning about Picasso’s blue period and his use of collage in his artwork to create some rockin’ artwork featuring guitars.
Third grade learned about complementary colors by creating an op-art design. They got to choose which pair of complementary colors they wanted to use to finish their op-art design. Students in the third grade are also learning how to mix tints by adding white to a color and shades by adding black to a color.
Fourth grade students are learning about analogous colors, or colors that are neighbors on the color wheel. They are designing their own cityscape, then using analogous color schemes to create beautiful fireworks in the background.
Fifth grade students are using the dessert paintings of Wayne Thiebaud as inspiration for their drawings of a multi-layered cake. After the cake is drawn, students will learn how to shade a value scale using colored pencils and practice the technique to finish their cake design.
Students in my fourth and fifth grade classes have also been working with Mrs. Cole to learn how to write artist statements. Artist statements not only help assess what the student learned in the project, but they also give insight into the artwork. I have set up an “Artsonia Station” in the studio for students to work on their artist statements when they finish their projects. Be sure to check into Artsonia (http://www.artsonia.com) periodically to see your student’s latest creations!
Fifth grade students show off their Open Studio designs for the prompt "If you could invent anything, what would you invent?"
The new Artsonia station in the upstairs studio which allows 4th and 5th grade students to work on adding artist statements to their artwork. Later this semester, we will be learning how to photograph our artwork.