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!

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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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 – Prepping & Practicing: Still Life Drawing

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Fourth graders have been preparing for their final still life drawing for a number of weeks now.  They’ve explored how to draw 3-D objects using iPads & the app Explain Everything, which allowed them to really understand how perspective distorts objects.

After that, a number of classes were spent practicing careful drawing from observation.  One word that was shared for this type of looking was ‘examine’.  It’s perfectly explains what they are doing.  In order to create the illusion of space, students learned how to draw the objects so they overlapped on another, as well as placing the objects closest closer to the bottom of the page.  That technique is known as ‘placement on the page’.

As students start to finish up they will color their work with oil pastels, learning how to blend with oil pastels.

Check out the students working below, and make sure to check out the Artsonia gallery soon.  As students finish up, they will upload their work using one of our class iPads.

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Some practice drawings – Only in pencil

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Final still life drawing with 2 still life’s set up in art.

Grades 3 & 4 – Poetry Party Animation – iPad Collaboration

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I was lucky again this year to have a schedule that allowed for this collaboration.  Each year Mrs. Buck & Mrs. Cole combine their classrooms, to put on a poetry party.  Students in grade 3 and 4 partner up, and work together to write a poem, and create a way to present that poem on stage.  Their parents are invited, and it’s a lovely party (hence the poetry party piece of it!).

Last year I was asked to help out, and I gave them some ideas for projects the students could do, AND I also helped a group of students create animations to go with their poems.  The students read their poems live on stage, while the animations were projected behind them.  I was so proud, especially with the really creative ways these students figured out how to animate things on their first try at stop motion animation!

Check out the animations below!

Watercolor Techniques – Grade 4

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Fourth graders have been working on learning a variety of watercolor techniques in preparation for their abstract watercolor painting.

After learning these techniques, fourth graders spent some time in groups creating these Explain Everything videos to review the techniques that they learned in the workshops.  

Check out Room 19’s videos below, and be sure to check back in the next week or so for videos from Room 17 & 18. They will be posted as soon as they are completed. 

Responses will be posted here on 1/31!