“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.
"Through color, I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness, rather than on man's inhumanity to man." -Alma Woodsey Thomas
Born in Columbus, Georgia in 1891, Alma Woodsey Thomas grew up to be a powerful artist and educator. Her work- full of vibrant colors, bold brushstrokes, and thoughtful patterns- continues to inspire and teach many. Our first grade and kindergarten students are taking time to closely look and read Thomas's paintings. We are discovering that despite the many bad things in the world, we can focus on what is good and do our best to make the world a happier place.
Each student is selecting their favorite colors to paint a unique pattern. Then, we are cutting colorful paper to match and gluing it in a playful pattern. Our fine motor skills, patience, and craftsmanship has grown so much!
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.