Tuesday, January 9, 2018
In 4th Grade we have just completed our unit on Islamic art and architecture. Students learned that, just like Christian cultures during the middle ages, arabic culture's religion of Islam had elaborate illuminated manuscripts. These manuscripts were filled with bright colors and elegant calligraphy.
We also took a special look at Islamic architecture through studying the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Students learned to recognize common features like domes, minarets, and archways.
Our final art project for the quarter was a painting of the Taj Mahal. Students learned to use rulers, one point perspective, and symmetry to create their drawings. Once they had their drawing they learned how to correctly use watercolor and mix and blend colors on their palettes. I reviewed a little color theory and briefly explained complimentary colors. Students then used purple (the compliment of yellow) to created the shadows in their Taj Mahal. I am so proud of how well these little artists followed direction and explored their own creativity. Here are a few examples of exceptional student work (so hard to choose, they were all so good!):
At the tail end of the semester 3rd Grade continued to explore Expressionism with Edvard Munch by furthering their skills in oil pastel drawing. This also reviewed foreground, middle ground, and background. Each student did a copy of a moonscape by the artist. Take a look at their beautiful work!
Monday, December 18, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017
This past week 3rd grade students wrapped up their studies of Roman mosaics by creating their own mosaics. I first showed students how to draw birds through drawing basic shapes and then moving to more detail. These students really put into practice the virtue of Perseverance with this project because of the great attention to detail it requires. Each piece took weeks to prepare and glue. Students needed to rely on color and shape to create form. I am very impressed with what they created and you should be very proud!
Take a look at some of the work they did:
Friday, November 10, 2017
In 5th Grade, students have continued their studies into art of the Renaissance. The Renaissance began in Italy but quickly spread to other areas of Europe. This became known as the Northern Renaissance. Thus far, students have studied the works of Northern Renaissance artists such as Jan Van Eyck and Albrecht Durer. In looking closer at the incredible realism that these artists spent their lives achieving in their artwork, students have become inspired to learn how to draw portraits. Last week we focused on learning how to draw facial features. This week students have now learned how to use the proper proportions to combine these facial features into a portrait. Although, they may not see it, I have seen an incredible improvement in a very short time. You should be proud!
Thursday, November 9, 2017
To start off our unit on Islamic Art students learned how to use line, shape, and symmetry to create beautiful Islamic tile designs. Students practiced radial symmetry by repeating a simple design made in one corner of their paper with oil pastels three times around the center. Here are some examples of excellent student work: