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!
Mixed Up Animal Textures
This week was all about texture and how to create it visually! For this lesson we combined two different animals into one and practiced drawing the texture of the animals we chose!
Creating a Superhero
Students created their own superheroes that fight against real world problems!
Students created warm and cool hands by tracing their hand and then drawing a pattern over top. They then had to decide if they were going to color warm or cool colors inside the hand or outside!
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
Students created abstract landscapes by using simple shapes and colors to represents the different elements of their landscape. We discussed the sections of landscape which are horizon line, foreground, middle ground, and background and we used these four parts in our final drawings.
4th graders learned about symmetry this week and specifically objects/images that have radial symmetry! We looked at mandalas for inspiration to create our designs. Check out their beautiful work!
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 a candle drawing with oil pastels to represent the significance of light. We used value and blending to create our candles to create the illusion of them glowing!
Mini Modeling Clay Food
This week was all about clay and making forms with our hands! We looked at Claes Oldenburg's food sculptures 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 zooming in and out to see the artwork in different points of view! We then created a drawing in response to what we saw! We created a suit inspired by Walter Oltmann’s sculptures. He creates life size suits out of gold and aluminum wire that are inspired by insects and their defense mechanisms in nature. 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 words have power and created a self portrait out of words. We chose words that had a special meaning to us. We chose words that are important to us, words that represents our dreams, and words that represent change we want to see in our world!
Guided Self Portraits
4th graders this week learned how to draw a portrait. We focused on how to map out our face using construction lines and the proportions of a face. After we drew our self portraits we looked at portrait painter Kehinde Wiley for inspiration for the background of our self portraits using bright colors and patterns.
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!
Art that Stands Out!
Student's learned about emphasis and repetition this week and used these two art concepts in their work. They were able to choose what object, shape, or image they wanted to repeated and then they chose one area they wanted to stand out. They emphasized this area by using either color, size, shape, texture etc. Check out their wonderful artwork below!
Contrast and Complementary Colors
Students created contrast this week by choosing a complementary color scheme to use in their artwork. We drew half of a fruit in the middle of our paper and then used the complementary color of the color of the fruit to create high contrast!
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.
Keith Haring Movement Drawings
Nature and Poetry
Students either created their own poem or researched a poem for this lesson and we created a visual image to go with our poetry. The theme of our poetry was nature and Earth Day!
Heather Galler Portraits
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 a portrait of a person that inspires us in the style of Galler's work!
This week students followed the drawing process of entopic graphomania. Which is an automatist drawing exercise during which an artist puts dots on imperfections on a piece of paper and then connects them. This creates interesting designs.