Our student’s (K-12th Grade) art is up at East Portland Community Center (740 SE 106th Ave. Portland, OR). Mrs. Park (the High School Art Teacher) and I will be hosting a Reception tomorrow night, May 1st, from 6-8pm. If you can’t make it tomorrow night, the art will be up until May 28th so stop by sometime to check it out. Until then here is a sneak peak.
I’m so sorry to say that I didn’t get pictures of the displays of matted artwork this year. I don’t know how I missed that! Here are projects of the grade level projects though:
Preschool learned about Wassily Kandinsky and looked at his abstract paintings of shapes. Then, they each did a painting of a rectangle (their shape of the month) the same way Kandinsky painted his circles in his painting Concentric Circles.
Kindergarten discovered Herve Tullet’s inventive books and then each made their own Book With a Hole.
1st Grade learned about Claude Monet, studied his water lily paintings and then made their own. (Since we have three 1st Grades this year, their paintings took up two boards.)
2nd Grade learned about dot painting from Australia and then (painstakingly) made their own.
3rd Grade learned about local artist Kim Murton and how she makes clay cartoon-like faces and then made their own clay faces.
4th Grade learned about ancient Greek & Roman Mosaics & then made their own (they cheated a little with their process – by painting a picture on clay first and then dividing it up) mosaic.
5th Grade learned about furniture design and looked specifically at chairs. They then designed and made a model out of clay of their own original chair design.
Thanks to everyone who made it to the Student Showcase & Art Show last night. If you couldn’t make it here are some pictures of the art work and each grade’s project for the evening.
Kindergarten looked at Beth Krommes’ illustrations in the book “The House in the Night” and learned all about how wood block printing is done. Then they made their own houses in the night by printing a styrofoam block that they had carved.
1st Grade learned the different parts of a landscape (horizon line, background, middle ground and fore ground) by looking at landscapes by Vincent Van Gogh. They painted each part of their landscape separately and then we put them together so they were three dimensional in order to emphasize the different parts.
2nd Grade learned about batik which originated in Indonesia then they dyed their own piece of fabric using the batik method.
3rd Grade worked together to make a black and white painting of Mt. Hood. Each student was given a strip of the picture and a strip of paper and after learning about value (the darkness or lightness of a color) were asked to mix and copy the values in their strip of the picture onto their strip of paper. They didn’t know it was a picture of Mt. Hood until we put them all together when they were done.
4th Grade learned about Greek pottery and then made their own pot using coils of clay. To decorate it we covered the entire piece with black slip (a mixture of clay and water) and then they scratched Greek inspired designs into it to show the white clay underneath the slip.
5th Grade learned about Christian & Medieval Art from the Middle Ages and that painting on a wooden panel became popular during this period because paintings meant to inspire worship could be moved from place to place. They were each given a wooden panel and were asked paint on it in the style of the wooden panels we had looked at.
6th Grade learned about installation art and were inspired by artist Tara Donovan’s use of everyday objects such as plastic drinking straws and styrofoam cups to create pieces of art. Then they made a hanging sculpture out of origami pyramids that they had made.
I’m so glad that you’ve found the Art Room Blog. Next year I plan to try to update this every couple of weeks so you can always have a first hand look at what we are working on.
Thank you to all who came to the Student Showcase & Art Show last night. It was so great to see you & share with you all of your student’s wonderful art! If you couldn’t make it I have posted some photos of the night down below. I am sorry for some of the blurriness and the wrong date at the bottom of the pictures, this camera is new to the Art Room & last night was my first time using it.
These are a couple of pictures from the Art Show. Below are larger pictures of each grade level’s group art project.
Kindergarten’s Clay Birds While making these we learned about warm & cool colors & how to attach two pieces of clay together (score & slip).
First Grade’s Fruit Still Life’s We studied the art of Paul Cezanne and used oil pastels to make our own still life in his style.
Second & 2/3A’s Mixed Up Clay Animals After reading some of Jack Prelutsky’s poems from Scranimals the students created their own new animal using parts from three real animals.
Third Grade’s Bridges Third Grade has been learning all about Portland’s bridges this year in class. To go along with this, they were split up into groups and made the bridges out of construction paper.
Fourth Grade’s Landscapes Wolf Kahn is an amazing American landscape painter & colorist. Fourth Grade studied his use of color and vanishing point perspective when they made these.
Fifth Grade’s Mobiles I am really sorry this picture isn’t better…these were amazing to see last night hanging from the ceiling in the hallway! Alexander Calder was a sculptor who invented the mobile. Fifth grade created their own mobiles in his style and in the process they learned just how difficult & frustrating it can be to get them to balance.
Sixth Grade’s Installation of Corks Sixth Grade learned all about installation art and just how powerful it can be because it usually requires the viewer to use more than just the sense of sight to experience it. As a group they came up an idea and constructed an installation piece of art specifically for the show last night.