Thursday, April 23, 2009

3rd Grade Storytellers

3rd grade students recently finished a ceramic lesson in which they learned about Pueblo culture. They learned that story telling was important in Pueblo culture because it was a way of passing information from one generation to the next. Storytellers are figures made by Pueblo artists that depict a clay figure telling a story to one or more smaller figures. Third graders had a great time making the storytellers out of clay and painting them.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

1st Grade Owls

1st Grade students just finished a project based on the book "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr. Students learned how to draw an owl using basic shapes. We used watercolor paints in order to finish the owls. The night sky behind the owl was made from flicking white paint onto a black paper using a large paint brush. Students finished the project by gluing on branches and a moon, then cutting out and gluing their owl onto their nighttime background.

5th Grade Warhol Self Portraits

5th Grade students recently finished a project about Andy Warhol. They learned about Warhol's life and work as well as about the style of art known as Pop Art. After studying Warhol's portrait series, each student worked from a digital photograph to make a two piece self portrait series using warm and cool colors.

Friday, April 3, 2009

2nd Grade Wild Thing Illustrations

2nd grade students recently finished a project based on Maurice Sendak's classic book, "Where the Wild Things Are." After reading the story to each class and discussing how the pictures in the book were made, the story was broken into many individual sentences. Each student chose one sentence to interpret and illustrate in their own style.