Our students have made some really impressive works of art this year! Check out the pictures and read the associated descriptions below to learn more.
Kindness Quilt Squares
First grade students used rulers to measure off borders on each edge of their paper squares, used crayons to decorate the borders with different types of line designs, then painted over their designs with watercolors. In the middle of their squares, they each drew a picture of someone doing something kind. Finally, on the back of their squares they wrote brief artist statements telling about their pictures.
Neat Streets – Build & Draw Architecture
First grade students observed some unique buildings by architects Antoni Gaudi and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. We read a story about a neighborhood where the houses are transformed to represent the personality and interests of each resident. Then the students used wooden blocks to construct houses, and drew the structures they had built. Finally, they added details and colored their neat streets.
African Ceremonial Necklaces
First grade students learned about the Maasai people who live by the Serengeti Plains in Africa. Then they decorated a paper plate in the style of traditional Maasai beaded necklaces. Finally, they listened to Maasai music and learned dance moves while wearing their jewelry.
Painting Shapes and Tints
First grade students learned that mixing white with a bright, pure color makes a lighter, softer color called a “tint.” Then they practiced their painting skills by painting concentric shapes in a variety of different tints, filling their papers with the beautiful colors they mixed.
First grade students heard a silly song about a giraffe named Gerald who thinks he can’t dance, until he finds his own style and discovers that he can dance after all! Then they drew giraffes doing all sorts of silly dance moves. After they colored and cut out their giraffes, they practiced their painting skills and made moonlit grassland scenes on which to mount their giraffes.
Name Symmetry Creatures
Second grade students learned that bilateral symmetry means that each half of something looks just like the mirror-image reflection of the other half. They made symmetrical organic shapes by folding their papers in half, writing their names on the fold line, and cutting around the letters. Then they used their imagination to examine the shapes and decide how to turn them into creatures.
Winter Portraits with Radial Stamp Printing
Second grade students learned portrait proportions, and practiced drawing all the parts of the face in the right places, and drawing different expressions and hairstyles. They decorated sweaters for their portraits by pressing items with interesting shapes and textures into paint, then stamping them onto paper to make radial patterns. Then they cut out matching boots, mittens, and hats, and decorated them with repeating patterns to dress up their portraits. Finally, they discussed Habit #5, Seek First to Understand, and wrote about the idiom, “put yourself in someone else’s shoes.”
Sonoran Desert Animals
Third grade students learned about the Sonoran desert ecosystem. They smelled creosote leaves, tasted prickly pear cactus fruit jelly, examined barrel cactus hooks and cholla ribs, and learned how to draw several species of cacti. They learned about some adaptations that enable plants and animals to survive in an arid desert environment, then they each chose a desert animal and created a work of art showing that creature in its habitat.
Tropical Fish in Oil Pastel
Third grade students learned about the coral reef ecosystem and examined an assortment of shells, sea sponges, and different types of corals. They carefully observed a reference photo of a tropical fish and tried to accurately draw all of the shapes and textures they could see, making their fish as large as they could fit on their paper. Next, blending oil pastels, they colored the fish to contribute to our collaborative mural. As a background for their fish, they drew a reef environment including visual textures of diverse marine organisms, and overlapping elements to show depth.
Skateboard Deck Designs
Fourth grade students explored the work of skateboard designers. They practiced folding and cutting to produce symmetrical designs. Then they experimented with contrasting color schemes and balancing positive and negative space to create interesting layered designs that could be stencil-painted onto a skateboard deck.
Cube Illusion Tessellation
Fifth grade students learned that a tessellation is a pattern of shapes that fit together perfectly with no overlap or gaps. They also observed how contrasts of light and dark create the illusion of depth. They used rulers to draw a hexagon within a hexagon. Using three contrasting values, they colored opposite sides of the small and large hexagon to match. Finally, all of the individual cubes were assembled together to form a larger collaborative tessellation.