Grade 4 – Fall Units Update


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!


Still Life Oil Pastel Drawings – Grade 4


Fourth grade students have blown me away with their observation drawing skills this year. I am so impressed. I have taught a still life lesson with fourth grade every year for the last ten years. This year, I was inspired to mix it up a bit, and did a google search for elementary art still life ideas (I think!). I ended up finding a number of blog posts about using baby oil and q-tips to blend oil pastels. This inspired me to shelve my mixed media still life lesson, and proceed with this new technique.  Boy, am I happy I did that, and I think the fourth graders are as well!  Besides learning this new technique, students in art also learned about how to show space or depth in their work.  They learned about overlapping, placement on page, and relative size. Students are sharing their work via our online gallery at Artsonia.  Be sure to check out the work below, and the work on Artsonia! 

Still Life Drawings – Grade 4

Fourth grade has been learning about drawing from observation and how to create the illusion of space by using overlapping, relative size, and placement on the page.  Currently fourth graders are working on their final drawings, using oil pastels and baby oil to blend the oil pastels.  This is a technique I just learned about, and it’s working amazingly!  

Radio Silence

As you may have noticed, things have been a bit quiet on the Conant Elementary Art blog….

That doesn’t mean students at Conant haven’t been going to art, though.  We’ve been doing lots of great things in art, and I’ve even been photographing them, I just haven’t been doing the best job of scheduling time to update the blog.  So, I’ve now added time to my schedule each week where I will focus on the blog.  That means you’ll be seeing lots of great artwork real soon.

To catch up with the photos I have photographed from weeks and months past, here are some images of what many of the classes at Conant have been working on in art.  

Grade 6 – Gesture Drawings with real models!  They did a great job observing and simplifying.
Grade 6 – In-process Wire Sculptures – There is a lot of Problem Solving going on in this unit!
Grade 2 – Styrofoam Printmaking using Observation skills
Grade K – Practice Paintings – They learned so much, like the parts of the brush, how to hold it correctly, and how to mix colors!
Grade 4 – Still Life Observation – Collage and Mixed Media. It took a lot of time and hard work to observe and create all the little details in the still life set up in the classroom.
Grade 1 – Temporary Sculptures and Observation Drawings
Thanks for checking out some of the great work that’s been made in art since the last blog update.