Our own High Museum of Art is currently showing a terrific group of American landscapes from the first half of the 20th century. My fifth graders studied some of the works that were available to see online, and brainstormed some of their favorite places to visit in America. I made a packet for each table using pictures from the High and a sheet of research ideas. We used iPads to do some research, as well as using our memories to help with the details. We focused on foreground, middle ground, and background and tried some different painting techniques with our watercolor, like wash, wet on wet, and dry detailing. We have some beautiful results! Students will write artist statements on their Artsonia posts, giving more information about the landscape site they selected.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
We had another big turnout for our annual Fine Arts Night art show and chorus concert - this year we also raised money for our local animal shelter FurKids. We have been promoting them and raising awareness all year by including the homeless pets in our artwork and sharing around the community and online. The kids have really embraced this community service project. #petpARTners
Artome set us up with a nice presentation of the student artwork the day before the event so that the students could get a sneak peek the day of the event, and get their families excited to attend that evening. It is so nice to get to see families talking about art, and many wrote FAN letters to their students. I also made the letters available to the students during the sneak peek if they wanted to compliment another student.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Students have been supporting the FurKids Atlanta animal shelter all year by creating and sharing artwork featuring the pets in need of homes. In art class, we have created some pawprint clay charms and pawprint crayons that we will sell for $1 each, and that money will be donated to the animal shelter.
The art in the exhibit is not for sale, it belongs to the artists, but mats/frames are available for $25, and a portion goes to Dolvin. All artwork will be returned to the students shortly after the show comes down. Please come and enjoy viewing our masterpieces and engaging in artistic conversation.
FurKids shelter to raise community awareness. We began the year with drawings and tried collage around January, and now my second and third graders are using their clay building skills to create a likeness of these cute pups and kitties in clay. We started out by forming two small slabs and joined them together, then added features and surface textures. After the first firing, we glazed them and fired again - the kids did their best to really get a good likeness, and they researched the pets to know more about their personalities. We have been sharing these on social media to promote adoptions and donations, and the students are very proud of helping their community.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Birds are such a beautiful subject for art with their vibrant colors and interesting settings - many artists like J.J. Audubon and Charley Harper studied and painted birds for years. Third graders looked at a variety of native birds to our state and experimented with thumbnail sketches before starting a larger final copy on watercolor paper.
We used water soluble pastels for the bird and foreground, trying to capture texture and detail. We used an atmospheric perspective technique for the background to create some spatial distance called wet-on-wet. These are beauties every year!