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!

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Grade 2 – Fall Units Update

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In second grade we started off the year with one of my favorite units. ¬†This unit has students’ focus on observation and teaches them more about printmaking, one of my favorite types of art to make.

Students first start by learning about why artists draw from observation.  Our big idea for this unit is Artists draw to record what they see. Their job for the first class was to practice their observation skills and draw leaves from observation.  When you look at their final pieces you will notice that they observed the edges of the leaves, as well as the veins inside the leaves.

On day two, students transferred their best drawing to a styrofoam printing plate, and explored how they could create a rubbing with paper and crayons. You may have seen some of these awesome rubbings at home, because students were able to take them home the same day.

The rest of our unit was spent learning how to create a print, just like printmakers do.  They learned how to ink their plate using crayola markers, how to place the paper, and pull a print.  This required some practice and patience.

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Drawing from observation on Day 1

Finally they selected their best print, titled it, and uploaded it to our online gallery on Artsonia using one of our art room iPads. Be sure to click-through to check out the entire gallery of work on Artsonia.  The best prints are also currently on display at Conant on one of the bulletin boards right off the front lobby.
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Transferring the best drawing to their styrofoam printing plate on day 2

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Creating rubbings of their printing plates on day 2

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Learning and practicing their printmaking skills on days 3-5

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In extra art room 8 has been exploring and learning about the built environment. Our big idea for this unit is Artists practice thoughtful observation of the built environment around them. While working on this unit students learned about two artists: Arthur Fuller Davis, who was a librarian at the Acton Memorial Library, and James Rizzi, who was a Pop Artist from New York. 

First students started by exploring drawings of various buildings around Acton on our iPads, to learn that buildings are made of basic shapes. On day two students started using their observation skills, drawing either Acton Town Hall, Exchange Hall, or the Acton Memorial Library. These observation drawings helped students understand the parts of a building, so they could then use their imagination to create buildings inspired by the artwork of James Rizzi.

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Shape inventory using iPads and the app Explain Everything

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Be sure to stop by Conant to check out a selection of work on display in the hall by room 5!  Also, visit our online art gallery on Artsonia to see all the James Rizzi inspired drawings.

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Observation drawings of Acton buildings

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Coloring James Rizzi inspired buildings

Grade 1 – Fall Units Update

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First graders have been very busy this school year. ¬†Just like all of the other classes, it was a busy start to the year with our Pinwheels for Peace installation. After that was complete, in regular art we’ve been working on a unit that is a big surprise for their parents, so you won’t find any information about that yet!

BUT room 4 has been busy with another unit in extra art, and started learning about sculpture. Our big ideas for this unit were: Sculpture is different from other art forms; Artists make both temporary and permanent sculpture; and Artists explore materials by making temporary sculptures.

Students learned that sculpture is a type of three dimensional artwork where drawing and painting are types of two dimensional art work. They also explored plasticine clay to learn how they could manipulate it with their hands while making a temporary sculpture.

Finally, students learned how to make a pinch pot and created one out of clay that was fired in the kiln at the junior high.  These fired pieces were then painted and drawn from observation.

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First graders exploring clay on day 1

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First graders learning how to make a pinch pot on day 2

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First graders making their final pinch pot on day 3

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Currently you can find some of this work on display in the front lobby of Conant and there is a sampling of the work below. If you are unable to make it in to see the work on display be sure to check out all of the work online at our school art gallery on Artsonia.

Extra Art Update: Grades 1-3

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This year, students in grades 1-6 are rotating through an extra class of all 3 specials.  So that means each class gets to see me for extra art for 1/3 of the year.

I’ve been doing separate extra art units, instead of one class getting far ahead of the others.

Check out below to see what’s happened so far this year in extra art, grades 1-3!

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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 3 – Grandma Moses Inspired Drawings

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Students in third grade have finally finished up their Grandma Moses inspired landscapes.  I shared about the practice observation drawings they did at the beginning of the unit, but now I can share their finished work!

They worked really hard!  They had to remember to draw their horizon line (the line that separates the sky from the ground) high on the page, include details in the foreground, middle ground, and background, AND include something they drew from observation and their memory or imagination.  It took a lot, but they really were focus on the Studio Habit of Mind engage & persist, which helped them complete their work to the best of their ability.  AND, it was great practice to help develop their drawing and coloring skills (develop craft).

Be sure to click through to check out our gallery on Artsonia to see all the finished pieces.

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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!