Grade 4 – Fall Units Update

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Fourth graders have been very busy in regular art, learning how to create a realistic looking still life drawing.  They learned how to show space or depth in their work by overlapping objects and how to draw cylinders 3-dimensionally.  To understand these concepts, students utilized our class iPads and the app Explain Everything to photograph still lifes they set up, and draw on the photographs.  This helped them see how to draw what they were seeing. Finally students practiced observation drawings in pencil, and moved onto their final, which was colored with oil pastels.

Check out the in progress photographs below, and be sure to visit Conant to check out some of the work on display in the front lobby.  OR visit our online gallery on Artsonia to see all the work.

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In extra art, which ended this past week, students in room 19 worked on a weaving unit that combined science and art.  The work was inspired by the artist Nathalie Miebach who creates sculptural basket weavings that are determined by a collection of scientific data, typically weather data. Students learned and studied her work, and then set out to use a data set of their choosing to create a pouch weaving.  The most popular data set was the temperature of a particular location for a month or so.  Students were able to use weather underground to research data as far back as 2005, in a number of locations all around the world.

Be sure to check out the in progress photos below, and visit our online gallery on Artsonia to see the finished pouches, and to read the artist statements explaining what data they used.

We also have big things coming with units that student teacher Miss LeBold has developed for these last few weeks before the winter break.  Be sure to check the ConantArt instagram feed for more frequent updates!

Welcome Back – Pinwheels for Peace

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A belated welcome back to everyone here on the Conant Art blog!

To get this year started, students participated again in the international art installation project known as Pinwheels for Peace.  To celebrate students in each grade designed a pinwheel with symbols of peace on one side, and words of peace on the other.  These pinwheels were then installed on International Day of Peace, September 21, 2015.

The installation went really well and all the pinwheels were out for everyone to see over the weekend.  If you didn’t get a chance to see the pinwheels outside, or would like to see more about the process, check out the photos below.

Also, stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved and make a pinwheel to help children who have had to leave Syria due to the conflict there.  Conant School is participating in the Students Rebuild: Healing Classrooms Challenge, and will be donating our pinwheels to help raise money.  I am so proud of all the students who decided to donate their pinwheels….we have almost the entire school participating!

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Our student teacher, Miss LeBold taught a few Pinwheels for Peace lessons

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Regular Art Update: Grades 3 & 4

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Grade 3: Third graders learned about the group of artist known as the Fauvists.  We looked at some of the paintings by Henri Matisse and compared them to Claude Monet, to learn about how the Fauvists were creating paintings very different from most painters at the time. Taking our cues from the Fauvists, third graders were limited in their color choices, and were pushed to try non-representational colors for their landscapes. Check out some in-process photos below, and make sure to click through to see the finished pieces on Artsonia!

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Grade 4: This new unit has to be one of my favorite new units this year.  Inspired by a high school art teacher from North Carolina, I decided to share with fourth grade my love of street art.  We looked at Shepard Fairey’s work, and talked about the art of street art.  They had lots of questions, mostly about it being legal or not! Their assignment was to collaborate with a partner to create a hitchhiker street art character.  Check out the many photos below, and click through to see everyone’s work on Artsonia!

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Happy Youth Art Month!

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March is Youth Art Month and Conant is celebrating with 3 shows in and around Acton! We have a show at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough, a show at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, and a show at the State Transportation Building in Boston!

Congratulations to all the students whose art work was selected for display, and to everyone at Conant for all the wonderful art you make weekly in art and daily outside of art!  Starting today we will work on our school wide bulletin board to celebrate, and of course, we will continue to be makers!

Check out the work below that has been put on display in our three Youth Art Month exhibits, and be sure to check out the progress of our collaborative bulletin board.

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Catching Up – Grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 – Regular Art

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It always seems that each year I get behind on sharing what is happening in the art room.  This year it hit right around the holiday’s, which I think everyone can understand…..But good news is, I’m finally catching up!

Scroll down to check out what we’ve been up to at Conant in grades 3 -6 recently!

Grade 3 has been working on their biography portraits, which are created in connection with the research they do in their classroom for their biography reports.  For more information about the unit, check out my EDCO collaborative EdTech post here.  Also, be sure to check out the finished drawings by visiting our Artsonia gallery.

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Grade 4 has been working on their nonrepresentational watercolor paintings.  They’ve learned a variety of techniques, created Explain Everything videos to share how to do those techniques, and have almost finished up their final paintings.  Be sure to check back to see the finished pieces.  They should be uploaded to Artsonia later this week!

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Grade 5 has been diligently working through a number of drawing workshops in their sketchbook to prepare for a colored pencil self portrait.  They’ve learned about contour drawing, line shading, value scales, color blending, and facial proportion.  We just started our self portraits, and should be done after February break. Be sure to check out our Artsonia gallery after the break to check out the finished drawings!

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Grade 6 has been exploring making figurative wire sculptures of people in action.  We started the unit by practicing our gesture drawing skills, which included some students posing for the classmates. Before starting our final sculptures, we did some idea sketches in our sketchbooks.  Students are really working on their problem solving skills with this unit. Check out the photos below to get a better idea of what they’ve been doing.

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Grade 4 – Still Life Drawings

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Fourth graders have been working hard, learning how to show space or depth in their art work; practicing their observation skills; and learning a new blending technique with oil pastels and baby oil.  Learn more about the technique from my post last year.

This year we set up 2 still life’s, which allowed for more choice in terms of what they wanted to draw, AND it allowed for greater observation, since everyone was a bit closer to the still life they were drawing.  It worked out really well, and I’m happy room 19 made the suggestion!

 

Click through to see the finished pieces in our student curated online gallery on Artsonia!

Grade 4 – Weaving – Extra Art

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As part of extra art, students in fourth grade class are working on pouch weaving.  To prepare for weaving they learned how to create a loom, how to warp a loom, and how to design a pattern for their weaving.  They had to envision their patterns or designs, and draw it out before starting their weaving.  It took a lot of focus to learn how to weave properly.  I am very impressed with their ability to engage & persist.   Some students have already started finishing their weavings, and will move on to finishing details like buttons or straps.

Check a look out below for students working, and be sure to click through to our Artsonia gallery in the next few weeks to see their finished pieces.
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