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!
Fifth grade students are looking to artists, both past and present, who create expressive self-portraits with various media. Beginning with an informal critique, students are finding elements of art that contribute to the meaning or identity of a self-portrait. Then, exploring different media used to make an image we are discussing objects used as metaphors. Finally, students are looking at themselves as subjects to create a series of self-portraits with mixed media to best express the facets of their unique personality.
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.