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.
"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!
Some days are messier than others for kindergarten and first grade students, as you may see in these art room still lifes. We are using our favorite tools and materials to learn about observational drawing, then collaging them together to create an interesting composition. Students are looking closely to translate the lines and shapes of objects around them, while having fun sharing their observations with others.
Every class is collaborating to construct an American Flag! Despite the tempestuous election this year, we are spreading patriotism throughout the school, reflecting on what it means to be a citizen of the United States of America. Inspired by the expressive paintings made by Jasper Johns, students are learning about texture and symbolism in art, building craftsmanship and creative thinking skills while working together. Beginning with paint, brushes, and various combes, we make textured paper. Then, we collage. Putting on the finishing touches make us want to sing the national anthem!
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.
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.