Monday, September 18, 2017

Chicken Collages

First and second graders read "The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County," by Janice Harrington.  We looked at the illustrations and noticed how illustrator Shelley Jackson used many different types of arts media, including paint and collage, to create the pictures in the book.

While we watched a video of the this story, artists sketched as many different chickens as they could.  Then we collected different textures to use to make painted paper for our collage chickens.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mixed Media Collages Inspired by Matisse's Goldfish

Here are some things we noticed about this painting:
Bright colors                               Lots of circles and curved lines
Large brushstrokes                      Different types of plants and flowers
Patterns                                        Side of a chair or a railing
Complementary/contrasting colors  Plants make patterns
Reflection of goldfish in water     Different types of brush strokes
Very light and very dark colors    Goldfish catch your eye
Not trying to be super realistic     Makes me feel calm

Here's some fascinating info about Matisse and his goldfish paintings!

First we mixed different shades of colors using liquid watercolor paints and painted the paper that we will use for our collages.  We added salt while the watercolors were wet to observe amazing patterns as the paint dries. 

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Stay tuned for more updates on this ongoing project!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Kindergarten Art Stations

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Follow ArtClass_AllDay on Instagram!  Here are some photos of our Kindergarten class exploring different art stations.  You can scroll through the images by hovering on the picture to see an arrow appear on the right side.  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Art Room Renovation... Before and After!

I am embarrassed to post photographs of my art room in it's current end-of-the-year state of disaster, but this shows the need for some serious change in this space! Here are plans for the art room renovation that will take place over the summer.  Before we can begin the project, I will need to box up EVERYTHING in the art room.  Anyone want to volunteer to help with this massive task?

New Art/ Music/ Maker Space plans

Monday, June 5, 2017

Our Favorite School Lunches

Third and fourth grade artists made thier favorite school lunches out of paper clay. They painted them with acrylic paint and glued them to cardboard lunch trays.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Color Wheels


Paint a Playground

I love these abstract paintings by kindergarten and first and second grade artists! These large scale collaborative paintings were made in response to the prompt: "Draw the coolest playground you can imagine!" 


Modern Art

  I would like to submit this beautiful painting by a Kindergarten artist to the following quiz:

QUIZ: Can You Tell The Difference Between Modern Art And Paintings By Toddlers?

Click the link to see if YOU can tell the difference! 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Harold and the Purple Crayon "Paint Along"

Kindergarten artists used purple paint on large table-sized sheets of paper to "paint along" with the classic story "Harold and the Purple Crayon" and "A Picture for Harold's Room."  They worked collaboratively to practice group work skills like sharing space and materials.