Grade K – Fall Units Update

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The fall got off to a great start with our pinwheels for peace project!  After all of the pinwheels were finished we got right into our first units, which vary for each grade level.

Kindergarten classes started with a skills assessment drawing, which helps me learn where all of my new students are with their coloring, cutting, gluing, and drawing. I gave them a paper with a collection of shapes, that when cut out and put together, make a person.  See below for some finished examples and in-progress photographs!

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The next unit in kindergarten was an intro to two of the elements of art.  We first focused on line, doing a line match on the smartboard, and a practice drawing.  Kindergarteners practiced drawing lines like horizontal, vertical, jagged, dotted, thick, and curvy.

On day two, we learned about the element of art called shape. Lines can be used to draw shapes. The lines kindergarten students drew the week before turned into shapes where they touched and crossed over one another.

These found shapes were colored in using a variety of materials. Students explored markers, crayons, and oil pastels.

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Our most recent unit explored how shapes can be used to create the details of our drawing.  Using the book Ship Shapes as inspiration, students created a seascape oil pastel drawing. They noticed and used triangles, squares, rectangles, semi-circles, and ovals to create the buildings, and animals in their seascape. To finish their work kindergarteners using medium and dark blue to paint in the sky and water.  This technique is called oil pastel resist.

The page from the book Ship Shapes that inspired our own work

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Regular Art Update: Grades K- 2 – So Many New Units!

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With the addition of the trimesters of extra special, I’ve had about 12 extra classes with each grade level. Instead of coming up with something new right at the beginning of the year, I decided to teach units I’ve already done. Now that we’re are just 14 days away from the end, I’ve got lots of new units and lessons to share.

It’s been pretty hectic, so I don’t have pictures of everything, but check out below for some info about what we’ve been working on in art.

Grade K: Kinders have been working on exploring texture recently. They learned the difference between visual and actual texture, how to create rubbings of texture, and how to create texture in clay to create some amazing texture medallions. Some of the kinder’s texture collages were displayed at the high school in room 115N for all to see during May. The texture medallions were strung on elastic cord, and students were able to create beaded necklaces or bracelets, just in time for mother’s day. Check out a few of the pictures below to see the awesome work they did.

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Grade 1: In connection with their Japanese studies first grade made origami paper, which we’ve done previously. They created pecking birds, jumping frogs, and tumblers with the paper. ¬†Check out this short video to see the pecking birds in action, and click through to check out the Artsonia gallery to see the tumblers.

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Besides the origami, we also learned about Children’s Day, which is a Japanese holiday that celebrates children. ¬†During Children’s day, koinobori are flown outside of homes. Students created their own koinobori, or carpe flags in preparation of Children’s day in May. Check out some of the koinobori below, or click through to check out the Artsonia gallery.

Grade 2: A lot of what we’ve done this year has been connected to grade two’s study of Kenya. ¬†It’s just so rich with things to explore. ¬†I developed a new mask making unit, in connection to the African artwork we had on loan from the Gallery of African Art in Clinton. ¬† Second graders were taught how to create a faux wood grain on oak tag, as well as how to connect paper pieces using tabs. ¬†With that basic knowledge, they were challenged to create a mask using their problem solving skills. ¬†Students helped each other out, as well as came to me for support. ¬†I just love all the work they put into these! Check out their finished masks by clicking through to visit our Artsonia gallery.

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Grade two also created thumb pianos for the second year in a row.  Students learned how to sand and prepare the wood for adding color.  When ready they decorated their thumb piano base with patterns inspired by Africa.  With the help of myself, or a parent volunteer, the keys to their thumb pianos were attached, and ready to be played.  Click through to check out the gallery on Artsonia.  You will be amazed with the details in their patterns.

A selection of thumb pianos from room 5

A selection of thumb pianos from room 5

Check back tomorrow for an update as to what has been happening in grades 3 through 6!

Catching Up – Grades K, 1, & 2 – 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 k-2 recently!

Grade K has been up to a lot since I last posted. ¬†Each section has been working on a unit about sculpture, where they’ve been exploring a variety of sculpture materials. ¬†Provided we don’t have any more delays or snow days, ¬†both sections should start on their final sculpture this week!

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Grade 1 has been learning about shape and color via inspiration from Wassily Kandinsky’s painting¬†Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles.¬†Students explored brushstrokes and color mixing, reviewed the primary and secondary colors, and reviewed how to paint. ¬†I love how varied these paintings are! ¬†Be sure to check out all the work in our Artsonia Gallery.

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Grade 2 has been using African animals as our inspiration for our sculpture & painting unit.  We finished up our sculpture unit in mid January, and have started our African animals painting.  For our painting we were inspired by the work of Nick Brandt, who is a photographer working and living in Kenya.  His work in Kenya is now part of the Big Life Foundation, which he founded to help protect and animals and wild lands of East Africa. Our paintings have been created to look like portraits of the animals, the same way you would see portraits of people. Check out the photos below to see the sculptures and paintings, and be sure to check out our Artsonia gallery to look at all the sculptures!

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Grade K – Painted Paper & Moving Vehicle Collage

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Kindergarteners have been exploring the elements of art, and we’ve moved onto shape and color. ¬†Students learned how to use paint tools properly, and how to mix the primary colors into the secondary colors. ¬†We’ll focus more on color a bit later in the year.

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We then learned that lines make shapes, and shapes are what make all the objects in our artwork.  We learned about geometric shapes and organic shapes, and focused on using geometric shapes to make moving vehicles.  The moving vehicles were made using the art technique collage, and the background is a drawing done with crayons.

Be sure to check out our Artsonia gallery to see the finished work!
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Grade K – Exploring Line & Materials

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Students in kindergarten have been spending the first part of the year exploring some of the Elements of Art. ¬†We’ve learned a lot about line, through the use of a Notebook file on the Smartboard. ¬†Students spent time doing a photo sort, to reinforce what images had lines in them, and what did not.

Finally they spent time drawing a variety of lines that criss-crossed their page. It was with that activity that students discovered that lines make the shapes, and shapes can be used to make the details in our artwork.  Check out the photos below to see some students finding shapes in their drawings.  They were asked to use their imagination to turn the shape into something.  I found a ghost and building in my shapes.  I heard kindergarteners finding dinosaurs, skateboards, and all sorts of cool things in their own work.

To wrap up this unit, students shared what they learned about the variety of drawing materials we used, which included crayons, colored pencils, markers, and oil pastels.

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International Day of Peace – Sept 21, 2014

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Pinwheels for Peace was a huge success this year. Conant’s display was right out front for everyone to see, AND¬†McCarthy-Towne participated, thanks to amazing art teacher Heidi Kupferman. ¬†Thanks to Heidi, we had a lovely write up in the Beacon, which was great.

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Pinwheels at McCarthy-Towne

Conant had our pinwheels outside, and a display inside with peace doves, and our giant peace pinwheel.

Special thanks to Mrs. Mosher & Room 20, Mrs. Wilcox & Room 11 for putting out the pinwheels on Friday, and special thanks to Room 12 for helping to take them down on Monday.

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6th graders helping take down the pinwheels on Sept 22, 2014

Wire Sculptures – Grade K

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Check out the amazing final sculptures K students created. We reused styrofoam that Mr. Colleton collects for the art room, along with pipe cleaners and twisteez wire. Some of the k students finished early enough and were able to share a bit about their work. I recorded them with the Audioboo app on my iPad. The thing I like the best about this app, is that it’s easy to add photos to the audio recordings.

Check out some of them below, or click through to see and hear ADK students talk about their work.  AMK students talk about their work.  PMK students talk about their work.