Monday, April 10, 2017

Inspired by Monet's Waterlilies

What color is water?

First and second grade artist learned about Impressionist painter Claude Monet. We talked about how Monet broke from the art traditions of the time by painting outside in nature and trying to capture the beauty of sunlight at different times of day.  We looked at examples of his many waterlily paintings.

Google Arts & Culture has some very cool tools for getting up close and personal with famous works of art. 

You can take a virtual tour of Monet's waterlily paintings at the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris using Google Art Project.  
Click here to check it out! 

You can use the ZOOM tool to get close enough to one of Monet's Water Lily paintings that you can see each impressionist brushstroke. 
Click here to check it out!  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kindergarten Paintings inspired by Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Kindergarten artists looked at Van Gogh's famous painting "Starry Night."  We used acrylic paint on aluminum foil to create paintings inspired by this famous piece. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Abstract Paintings inspired by Joan Miro

Third and fourth grade artists learned about Spanish artist Joan Miro.  We looked at examples of his work and identified the types of shapes, lines, colors and textures he used most frequently in his paintings.

Here are paintings made by third and fourth graders.  They worked in layers over several art classes. These paintings are on large paper. 

I should note that students photographed their own artwork using iPads and edited the photos for the best results.  This ties into our "Presenting" National Core Art Standard.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rainbow Week!

Our Amazing School Chef has started the fun tradition of Rainbow Week at the Fayston School. Each day the school lunch is based on one color of the rainbow and students wear that color. We have been working on Rainbow week art lessons, including a collaborative Color Wheel Collage Mural and Gelli Printing.

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I found this fascinating infographic about the meanings of different colors around the world. Take a look!