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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Pinch Pots – Grade 1 – Extra Art

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First graders in room 4 have been exploring clay these past few weeks in their extra art block.  Today we put the three action words from last week, roll, poke, and pinch, together to make a pinch pot.

Check out the time-lapse video (created using hyperlapse) below to see everyone practicing.

Grade K: Exploring 3-D materials

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Students in grade K have been exploring form, which is one of the elements of art, these past few weeks.  They’ve explored by creating temporary sculptures with blocks, with paper, and with modeling clay.  Kindergarteners in the ADK class have started their final pieces,which explore form using pipe cleaners and recycled styrofoam. Check out the temporary clay sculptures they made below.

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Exploring 3D Materials – Grade K

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Kindergarteners at Conant have started exploring 3D materials in art.  They’ve learned that 3D is short for 3-dimensional, and how you can transform a 2D piece of paper into a 3D piece of paper (by crumpling it up).  

As part of their exploration, they created some temporary sculptures with building blocks.  During this lesson, they also worked on their observation skills, drawing their sculptures as they worked.  We’ll be spending a few more classes exploring materials, before we make a permanent sculpture.
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Andy Goldsworthy Inspired Collaboration – Room 19 – Grade 4

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Students in Mrs. Cole’s 4th grade class got again this year!  As part of my collaboration with classroom teachers, I worked with Mrs. Cole to facilitate group nature sculptures with her students. It was a treat to share with them an artist I really love, Andy Goldsworthy.  After looking at his work, and reviewing the elements of art, students headed outside, and came up with some really lovely nature sculptures.  As part of Mrs. Cole’s side of the lesson design, she had students not only spend time documenting their sculptures on day two in their nature journals, they also have been working hard on a writing piece, about the experience.  Please check out the in-process photos below!

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AMK Sculptures – On Display Now!

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Kindergarten artists just finished up their unit on sculpture.  During the many lessons in our sculpture unit, the AMK artists talked about the difference between 2-D and 3-D and explored sculpture materials like wood, clay and wire.  

They made these amazing temporary sculptures in April, and have just finished their wire sculptures, which they’ve titled!  Keep an eye open for their sweet wire sculptures, coming home this week, or in a couple weeks, if your child decided to display theirs in the glass case.  


I think it was a tough choice to display them, but most of the students were really excited to share their work and inventive titles.  Photos of the display coming soon!  

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Working 3-Dimensionally

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Students in the All Day K class started talking about sculpture this week.  We first talked about the difference between something that is 2-dimensional and something that is 3-dimensional.  It turns out that most of what we interact with in the world is 3-dimensional.  In art class though, our drawings and paintings are 2D (2-dimensional), and the sculptures we make are 3D (3-dimensional). 

 
All Day K students brainstormed a list of materials that could be used to make sculptures.  They came up with so many materials: Clay, Blocks, Boxes, Sticks, Recycled Materials, Glass, Wood, Cards/Paper, Metal/Steel, and Puzzle Pieces.
 
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To help everyone understand exactly what a sculpture is, each table was given a box of building blocks, and asked to make some temporary sculptures (which means we didn’t keep them).  Luckily I was able to snap some photos of a few tables collaborative sculptures.  Check out the cool sculptures below!  They’ve been photographed from all 4 sides, so you can really get an understanding of what they looked like in real life.
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