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 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 2 – Practice is Important – Printmaking

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Second graders have spent many classes practicing how to create a print from their styrofoam printing plate.  This is called ‘pulling a print’, instead of ‘printing a print’.  Second graders had to keep their papers and printing plates still while printing, otherwise the prints they pulled would be smudged and blotchy.

It took a lot of focus, but the Studio Habits of Mind really help children remember the skills they needed to complete their work successfully.  The Studio Habits of Mind we focused on were engage & persist and develop craft.  

The reward for all their amazing practice was being allowed to print with multiple colors at one time.  Check out the images below to see the amazing work they did.  Also, if you visit Conant School, be sure to check out the work on display.  Students picked their best piece for display.

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Grade 1 – Finished Self Portraits

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First graders in room 3 & 5 had a bit of extra time with me this year (bonus of not having art on a Monday), so I decided to have them create a direct painting self portrait.  Read more about this unit, and see some in action photos here. Check out the slideshows below to see the amazing details they added.  I’m so proud of them, and I know these will be cherished for years to come.  My plan next year is to fit it in for all first grade classes!

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Grade 1 – Self Portraits

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Even though it’s so close to the end of the year, I squeaked in one more unit for 2 out of my 3 first grade classes.  First graders in room 3 and room 5 have been working on some direct painting self portraits, using the skills they learned in our painting unit earlier in the year.  They also worked on their observation skills, a skill that relates to their science studies, by using mirrors to observe themselves, instead of working from memory.

Check back soon for a gallery of finished paintings.

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