Friday, October 29, 2010

Great drawings this week

Fall forms and Rousseau-inspired jungles challenged our drawing skills this week...

Action Jackson

bouncing a paint-dipped chain

Second graders participated in action painting this week after learning about American painter Jackson Pollock.  We learned that his goal in creating art was to capture energy and movement.  We think he was successful, and we were too!

spraying a splash of orange

rolling a marble, making paint tracks

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Writing about our Love for Art!

Mrs. Ducray's 5th graders wrote persuasive essays about their favorite special area class.  I was delighted to read some of the opinions of her students... see and read for yourself! (click to enlarge)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

How to order from Original Works...

  1. Browse the colorful flyer and choose your favorite products.  Don't forget to order holiday gifts! 
  2. Check the price list on the "Dear Family" letter, and fill out the order form. 
  3. Make your check payable to Dolvin Elementary.
  4. Make sure your name and teacher code are easy to read on the back of the art, and make sure there is a "T" marked at the top, on the back, to have your work printed in the correct orientation.
  5.  Send in your order form, payment, and the artwork by Thursday, October 28.
Products will be sent home in early December.  Contact me with any questions, and click the Original Works button above to see more examples.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Highlights of the week

Stuart Davis-inspired Abstract Compositions are coming along nicely!  Kids are showing off their knowledge of positive and negative space, visual texture, and using a theme.  Love these!!!

Second graders are painting "Rooms With A View", ala Matisse...  I just love free painting with all ages (no drawing first).  The kids were all saying, "This is the funnest day in art!"

Kindergarteners are learning how to change the value of a color.  Tints are made by adding white, and shades are made by adding black.  These will become backgrounds for our Picassoesque self-portraits.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pigeon Paintings with Personality!

Creating these paintings taught Dolvin kindergarteners all about drawing figures using geometric shapes, and mixing primary colors to make secondary colors.  We were inspired by the book Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems.  Super Cute!!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cool Color Studies!

 Fifth graders explore color mixing and color schemes in a nonobjective composition.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Abstract Art featuring Stuart Davis

4th graders are transitioning from observational drawing to drawing from their own creative thoughts.  We are looking to American painter Stuart Davis to inspire us to create our own abstract compositions.  After choosing a theme, students divide their page into sections, add visual clues for their theme, and add visual texture.  Students are reminded that negative space is equally important here as positive space.

sports-themed composition

food-themed composition