Artists play an important role in visually recording and responding to current events. Amy Stein is a contemporary photographer, exploring domestication and the relationship between humans and animals in the environment today. Fourth and fifth grade students are studying her pictures using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and creating their own collaged image of an animal in its habitat. Using images from National Geographic magazines and hand-drawn animals, students are showing the human footprint in the environment.
We are also demonstrating positive and negative space with the cut-outs of our animals.
Claes Oldenburg is best known for his larger than life sculptures but he also makes prints of everyday items. So, second and third grade students are looking to his two-dimensional renderings and practicing observational drawing. First we sketch.
Next we make print a landscape for our object to be pasted in as a monument. We are adding detail with a variety of materials.
Kindergarten and first grade students are studying the work of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, who created abstract paintings classified as "De Stijl" or "the style" containing simplified compositions inspired by city maps. We are modeling Mondrian's style, learning about horizontal and vertical lines, geometric shapes, and primary colors. First students make studies, using rulers and crayons to map their own unique composition with precision.
Then, we print black vertical and horizontal lines, creating squares and rectangles which are later filled in with red, yellow, and blue oil pastels. Students are building craftsmanship skills, working with care and taking their time to make these mixed media works of art.
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.