Our students have been participating in art virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been creating some wonderful artwork in their homes! Check out their wonderful artwork below!
Students created a unique house out of shapes! They were encouraged to use shapes you wouldn't see used to build a house and add in their own creative details!
For this lesson the students created their own nonobjective creatures inspired by contemporary artist Marius Valdes"Secret Species Project".
This weeks lesson was all about social justice art and poster design! The students created a poster representing an issue that is important to them. We discussed good design qualities and they created their posters with the design principles in mind.
Warm/ Cool Flowers
Students created flowers or clovers using warm and cool colors to color in their drawings!
Oil Pastel Transfer Drawings
For this lessons students used their oil pastels to create a color field on their paper. Next they took a second piece of paper and placed it on top of their color field. Once they drew their image on the paper when they lift up the paper the oil pastels transfer from the color field onto their new paper creating an oil pastel version of their drawing. Check out their images, we had a blast creating art through this process!
Jim Dine Hearts
This week we looked at pop artist Jim Dine and created a piece of art inspired by his work. We repeated a shape (either a heart or a shape of their choice) and then added patterns, lines, colors, shapes to each shape. Check out their amazing work below!
Jim Dine, The Big Wall of Hearts, 2002
Laurel Burch Cats
Students created cat drawings in the style of artist Laurel Burch. We created these beautifully wacky cats with wild patterns and colors!
2nd graders listened to a story about Wilson Bentley the man who took photographs of snowflakes and then created their own unique snowflake drawing!
Photographs taken by Wilson Bentley
Celebrating Lights of Winter
The week before winter break we discussed how light is used around the world for celebrations and holidays. We shared personal stories of how our families use light and then we created an origami candle out of construction paper to represent the significance of light!
Mini Modeling Clay Food
This week was all about clay and making forms with our hands! We looked at Tiny Chef for inspiration and then created our own mini food creations! Check them out below!
Virtual Field Trip to UMMA!
Students went on a virtual field trip to UMMA this week! We viewed a variety of artwork of cats and dogs as the theme! We were able to see these works of art and variety of ways they were created! We saw paintings, sculptures, pastel drawings, and photographs. We then created our own drawing of a dog or cat inspired by the trip. We created our drawings in our own style and chosen materials. Check out their work below!
Self Portraits of Change
This week we talked about MLK JR and the impact he had on our country. We discussed how colors can symbolize a bigger idea, concept or feeling. We created self portraits using simple steps and used a color to represent a word that we want to be known for such as love, hope, peace, fun etc. Check out their color portraits below!
Gee's Bend Quilts
This week we looked at quilts made by the women from Gee's Bend, Alabama. We explored the variety of colors and patterns used in these quilts and how the skill and style of quilt making had been passed down from generation to generation in this community. We then created our quilts "my way" by starting with a shape or color and continued to build up our design with other shapes, colors, and patterns in a similar improve style as these quilters!
The Heidelberg Project
Students looked at Tyree Guyton's "The Heidelberg Project" as inspiration for our new project. We talked about why Tyree used found art and paint to bring attention to the abandoned homes in Detroit and the controversial opinions about his art. We then created our own home drawings with unique patterns and objects to make them stand out like Tyree's work.
This week we explored the principle of art contrast! We learned how to create contrast in art by using opposite elements in art such us dark vs light colors, rough vs smooth textures, or small vs large shapes. We then created a made up critter out of paper. We chose one light colored paper and one dark to create contrast in our collage!
Charles McGee Unity
This week we looked at Detroit artist Charles McGee's work and discussed how artists can use the elements of art to create unity. For our drawing we use line, shape, and color to create unity in the same style as Charles McGee.
Earth Day Posters
Students put on their activist and graphic designer hats to create an Earth Day poster!
This week we looked at the beautiful work of Heather Galler! Galler is a folk artist who is well known for her bright patterns and colors. We discussed folk art and created our own artwork in the style of Galler's work and chose a subject that has meaning to our lives!