Grade 3 – Fall Units Update

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Third graders have been so amazing while creating their landscape drawings inspired by Grandmas Moses. If you don’t know much about her, Anna Mary Robertson Moses, or as most people know her, Grandma Moses is considered a primitive artist. This is because she never had any formal art schooling, and actually picked up painting when she was 78 years old. To learn more about her we read the book Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Grandma Moses by Mike Venezia.

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Labeling the foreground, middle ground, background, and horizon line

First students learned and identified the foreground, middle ground, background, and horizon line in some of Grandma Moses paintings. Then they spent time thinking about a place from memory that they would like to draw for their landscape drawing.  Some students decided on places they’ve visited on vacation, or places they’ve lived.  These sketches were then used as the basis for a final drawing. Many days were spent drawing all the important details, and coloring in with colored pencils.

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Coloring the landscapes in with colored pencils took lots of hard work

Be sure to check out our online gallery on Artsonia to see all of the finished pieces, and to read the students artist statements.

In extra art, third graders in room 10 worked on creating a weaving that utilized a pattern.  These weavings are what I like to call ‘mug rugs’, which means the functional use is that they are similar to a coaster.

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In second grade students create a weaving in connection to their Kenya studies in the classroom, so this unit builds on the skills learned in second grade. Students developed a pattern and planned it out prior to weaving. They also learned how to remove their weaving from the loom (what holds the weaving together while it’s being worked on), by tying the weft thread.

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Again, check out some of the weavings below, and visit our online gallery on Artsonia to see all the work.  It should be noted that these galleries of student work is managed by the students, using our class set of iPads.

 

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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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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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Practicing observation drawing skills

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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.

Taking It Further: Biography Portraits – Grade 3

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For a number of years, 3rd graders at Conant have completed this collaborative project that connects their work in the classroom and their work in the art room. In class, students choose and learn more about a particular person, through the use of biographies.  They write a report, dress up as their person, and present to their classmates, and in art, create a portrait drawing of their person, to be displayed with their report. 

In art, not only do they create a lovely drawing to complement their report, they also learn the difference between portrait and self-portrait while relating those two vocabulary words to what they’ve learned about biography and auto-biography. They also learn additional vocabulary words for describing types of portraits (frontal view, profile view, 3/4 view, bust, full-length, and group).

This year, I took it a step further, after learning about the Chatterpix app.  When students were finished coloring their self-portraits, they used an iPad to create a talking photo.  

Each classroom teacher has (or will have) these drawings on display, so I’ve created QR codes that link back to the videos.  I plan to get these printed and posted next week (3/3), so if you stop by Conant soon, (especially during the ice cream social) swing by rooms 9, 10, & 20, to see the portraits in person.  Don’t forget to take out your smartphone and scan a few of the codes to watch the videos as well.  If you can’t make it to school, OR don’t have a smartphone, no worries, you can watch all the videos below.

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Not all students in Room 10 have finished their chatterpix videos.

Not all students in Room 9 have finished their chatterpix videos.

Notes about the lesson: Initially I hoped the students would be able to make the QR codes themselves using the QR Reader & Scanner app, but I found that with only 6 iPads, that was too slow going for the short amount of time we have in art.  It just took too long to create the chatterpix, export it to the camera roll, upload to dropbox, grab the video link, and use that link to create a QR code.  So instead the students did everything by the video link/make QR code.  Perhaps if my classroom gets another 6 iPads (which I plan to ask for and share with our music teacher Miss Stewart) this would be something the students could do on their own.  Certainly in a 1:1 iPad classroom!