Creativity has no boundaries! You can make art anywhere with materials you already have. Draw, paint, print, collage, sculpt, build, and invent- have fun and do your best. We have practiced the techniques at school, now apply your skill at home. Here are some ideas to begin, start with one project a week and go from there.
When you complete a work of art, save it and take a picture of it- send it to me and I will share it on our online gallery.
Clay is one of our favorite materials to work with and we are very excited about this project! We are making hot cocoa cups using texture and a paper template. Decorated with bright candy colors we can't wait to use this pottery. Also, we are going to sell some cups at our February PTA meeting!
Exploring patterns, students are creating beautiful mixed media artworks. First we are drawing patterns on cardboard with oil pastels. Then, we paint. Finally we are cutting out our favorite shape and weaving in the negative space with paper. The finished product is quite interesting.
We are starting the year with color! Kindergarten, first and second grade students are learning about light and color with rainbows. These mixed media pieces lead students through multi-step process, including drawing, coloring, painting, cutting, and gluing. We are excited to put them on display for the community at our neighborhood coffee shop, Coffee Deli!
We are celebrating Black History Month! This project is special- we begin by reading Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier. This book is a great introduction to an important figure in art history as well as the basic techniques of ceramic artworks, specifically functional pottery.
Dave was an enslaved potter working in South Carolina between 1820-1860. His work still stands with beautifully inscribed poems and signatures. The book describes each pot storing something special, similarly students are consider something special they would like their vessel to contain. We are making traditional coil pots in unique forms.
Drawing from observation is a very important skill. It challenges one to use artistic knowledge and craftsmanship to identify elements of art and translate what the eye sees. As we build our portfolios, we are working on still life drawings. Students selected and arranged their own objects for each composition.
Grant Wood found his own backyard- the farm fields of Iowa- to be a great source for inspiration in art making. Kindergarten through second grade students are exploring American landscape paintings by Grant wood while learning about texture and pattern. Close looking, group discussion, and reading prepare students to work collaboratively and independently to paint and collage a unique landscape. You will find some seasonal details- pumpkins, ghosts, and more with Halloween right around the corner.
We are studying Pablo Picasso’s expressive cubist portraits. First searching paintings for visual cues, students are realizing the ability of color to portray emotion. Then, thoughtfully and playfully using color and shape, we are making our own self-portrait to share our own story.
“What you see is what you see” describes the minimalist work of Frank Stella. Using rulers, protractors, and compasses students are creating unique compositions filled with lines, shapes, and colors. This year we are beginning with the elements of art- laying a strong foundation for many creative projects ahead. I saw a friend of mine use this project at a neighboring school and decided to introduce it to my students; drawing and coloring to carefully fill the space can be equally fun and challenging.
This year we are starting a sculpture garden in the green space at school. It is a fun, large-scale collaborative project for the whole school. This endeavor is made possible through the generous support of our parents and PTA- thank you!
Here is a first look at works by kindergarten, first, and fourth grade students.
Younger students are making science connections, studying the parts of a flower before making them with clay. The stems, leaves, and flowers are individual parts that can be stacked to make a whole. We are also reading Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert for inspiration.
Older students are also making science connections as they study weather patterns before making colorful wind chimes with clay. Each chime consists of ceramic beads that are hand formed, painted, and glazed. Have you ever hear ceramic wind chimes? The sound is quite lovely. Come look and listen.
Keep an eye out for more installations next school year! Have a great summer!
Hello from the studio at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School! My name is Jillian Luse and I work with emerging artists in kindergarten through fifth grade. This is our online gallery, a space to share what we learn and create.