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 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!
"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!
Josef Albers dedicated most of his artistic career to the study of color. Kindergarten and first grade students are following his lead, learning the primary and secondary colors and how they interact. These paintings contain simple, geometric squares with colors placed side by side, working together to express different combinations and moods.
Before we make our large paintings, however, we first study the color wheel.
We also read An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers by Natasha Wing. Then, we do an activity that Albers did himself- we take small pieces of colored paper, pairing them to explore how colors interact when combined. Which colors are bright? Soft? Loud? Quiet?
We are having great fun exploring color and the artwork of Josef Albers. For more information on this artist, visit http://www.albersfoundation.org.
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.
How many different colors can you make? This is the question I am asking every student in every grade. We are making color charts using only the primary colors, white, and black; mixing secondary colors, tints, and shades to create a diverse palatte is the goal in this creative exercise. The end product is visually interesting, too!
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.