Sunday, November 10, 2019

Lighthouse Landscapes, 4th grade

This beautiful Caldecott book and the story of the changing world of the lighthouse keeper inspired my 4th grade artists, as well as the paintings of American artist Edward Hopper.
We featured space and mood in our watercolors.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Pumpkin paintings, K, 2 & 5

Kindergarten artists have been painting pumpkin landscapes featuring overlapping and simple spatial elements. We mixed tempera and added detail with oil pastel.

Fifth graders used values to create a pumpkin form, then added pattern inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama.

Second graders also experimented with form using tints and shades of a hue. They continued to practice their own publishing with Artsonia.

Kindergarten leaves and owls

Our owl drawings were made using one of the kids’ favorite things we do in the art room - the mystery drawing! Listening for clues, I guide the students through the shapes until someone guesses what it is - then we personalize with details, colors, and descriptive titles. They are always full of personality. 
The leaves were made using a crayon and watercolor resist, giving them a feeling of floating on a pond or blowing in the breeze.

3rd grade mosaics

Texture was a featured element in our fall mosaics - we used glossy, colorful magazine pages for the mosaic pieces, with a fuzzy yarn outline and a soft chalk pastel background. Mosaic is a very old art form dating back to ancient times.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Sunflower still life, 1st grade

My first graders made sunflower collages that showed three stages of the sunflower - the bud, the mature flower, and the older wilting flower. We used tearing and cutting techniques. Love all the compositions.

Part two of our Van Gogh unit is coming up next with the Starry Night landscape.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Yearbook Cover Contest for all grades - entries due!

Students - this is the final week to turn in your designs to the front office! I hope lots of you will enter.
Dolvin Yearbook Cover Art Contest


·         All entries must be on 8.5” x 11” paper (no lined notebook paper).
·         Please use a VERTICAL format. (portrait orientation)
·         This year’s theme is “Circus” and should include the Dolvin Dolphin.
·         All grades are invited to participate.
·         Entries can be drawn, painted, or created digitally.
·         No glitter, sequins, felt or anything else glued to design.
·         On the back of your entry in PENCIL include your name, grade, and homeroom teacher.
·         All entries are due in the yearbook folder located in the front office no later than 10:00            a.m. on November 7th
·         Make your design fill the space – draw big!
·         Use interesting details, but don’t make them too tiny and hard to see
·         Use bold, bright, smooth color
·         Don’t forget to design the background as well

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Create your own Camouflage, 5th grade

This lesson was a challenge for my 5th graders to choose a setting and imagine a camouflage pattern that might blend in. We were inspired by the work of artist Liu Bolin, aka the Invisible Man. Can you find him in the images below? (Look for the feet)


Some of our settings were realistic and others more imaginative. We used a planning sheet to prepare our ideas and then blended lots of custom paint colors.