May 22, 2017 The Art Studio has been VERY busy preparing for the school-wide art show this Thursday, May 25. We hope to see you there!
Second Grade Artists have finished their geometric and organic marker paintings and have spent a great deal of time practicing the techniques to create their clay sculptures. We started with a few coil-making games and practiced making our clay snail before we got out the earthenware clay. Each student then created their own snail to support the learning target, "I can construct a 3D ceramic form using the pinch/pull and slip/score techniques." The first batch came out of the kiln last week and the second will be fired shortly. Second Grade Artists will color their snails using an oil pastel resist technique.
While we are waiting for our snails to be fired, we are creating a garden environment for our snail to live. Right now, Second Grade Artists are making the grass base for this garden using tissue paper to create actual texture.
April 6, 2017 2nd Grade Artists are finishing up their geometric and organic shape marker paintings. We've had many discussions about the difference between the two different kinds of shapes. For our marker paintings, we traced geometric shapes in washable marker, making them overlap each other. Then, we colored them in with heavy marker. Next, we transformed the geometric shapes into organic shapes by applying water and blurring the borders. The finishing touch will be observe the new organic shapes we've created and outline them in permanent marker.
Up next, we will be practicing the skills for our clay project. Each student will be creating a clay snail and an environment for it. For this project, we will need to practice our coiling, pinch/pull, and score/slip techniques. This is a multi-step project which will take some time. Stay tuned for in-progress pictures.
March 19, 2017 2nd Grade Artists are finishing up their second warm weather project! We spent some time talking about the differences between organic and geometric shapes and created a diptych to demonstrate our understanding. Then, we used some of those shapes in a mixed media piece where we created our own lightning bugs in a jar. Some of the second grade artists helped with the backdrop for the window display that is outside of the Art Studio. We're thinking towards summer and past this snowy cold weather. Up next, we will continue to explore organic and geometric shapes.
February 13, 2017 2nd Grade Artists are finishing up their winter themed mixed media pieces. Each student drew an image of a child catching snowflakes. We colored them using oil pastel, painted them with liquid watercolor, and then added falling snow once it was dry. These are too funny!
Up next, we will think towards spring and practice drawing techniques to support the learning target, "I can produce organic and geometric shapes."
January 30, 2017 2nd Grade Artists have been working on their weavings for several classes now and are coming to a close. This is a very labor intensive project that requires specific techniques to make sure the fabric doesn't fall apart. Most students have bound off their "little rugs" by tying their warp strings together. Each piece is mounted to a paper backing for display. If desired, the staples can be carefully removed so the weaving can be taken off. If the knots are tight, each piece should be secure!. Watch for these in the hallways soon!
Up next, 2nd Grade Artists will work on a quick winter-themed mixed media piece to get back into drawing a painting.
January 9, 2017 Happy New Year! 2nd Grade Artists are still weaving. When we get back to class, we will review the basics for weaving and begin to bind off our fabric. This is a long, but rewarding project. Many 2nd Grade Artists have expressed a desire to do this at home. Click on the weaving link to find information about the project and see a video that details instructions.
December 11, 2016 2nd Grade artists have begun weaving on their looms! Each student has chosen either a warm or cool color scheme to work with. We have also learned how to thread and use a needle to weave with speed! This project will take some time to complete, but will sure be worth it!
December 3, 2016 Second grade artists have started constructing their looms to support their learning target, "I can construct a loom and create a weaving using the over/under pattern." We used rulers to measure where to cut our piece of cardboard. Then, we strung our warp threads onto our looms. Up next, we will begin weaving in either warm or cool colors. This is an easy quiet project to do at home or in the car/airplane if you have yarn and cardboard.
FYI: Most of the artwork that is created in the Art Studio is a standard framing size. This makes it easy to frame and exhibit your young artist's work at home or gift to loved ones.
November 13, 2016 Second grade artists are still working on their paper weaving projects. We talked about weaving basics and the vocabulary that will be used in our longer weaving unit. Students easily mastered the over-under technique that will be the key to a successful yarn weaving.
Up next, students will be creating their own looms on which to weave their fabric. This project will take some time to complete. I look forward to seeing the results!
October 29, 2016 2nd Grade artists are FLYING through these projects. What a talented group of artists! Starting this week, we will be working on a project to support our color theory knowledge and introduce techniques related to our Weaving and Horizon Line learning targets. This will be an introductory project for our longer weaving unit.
October 28, 2016 2nd Grade artists have been working on their Color Wheel School project. This project supports the learning target, "I can mix primary colors to create secondary colors and apply them to a color wheel." We used washable markers to create a background of COOL colors. When we added water to the water soluble markers, we were amazed at how well they blended together! Using the same technique, we created our color wheel fish using only the PRIMARY colors. Look for these on Artsonia and in the hallways soon!
2nd Grade artists teach each other how to draw leaves.
October 10, 2016 The wreaths are starting to come in! 2nd Grade artists demonstrated their knowledge of WARM colors to create these beautiful pieces. They also identified one neutral color that can be seen in the fall: Brown. We talked about the veins in the leaves, the different shapes, and ultimately why leaves change color as the days get shorter. Watch for the wreaths in school and on Artsonia soon!
October 6, 2016 All finished 2nd grade Cold Hands, Warm Heart projects are hanging at Wegienka and posted on Artsonia. Please take a moment to check them out in person and on the Artsonia gallery. We are so proud of our work!
September 26, 2016 2nd Grade artists are finishing up their Cold Hands, Warm Heart paintings. They all have a solid understanding that colors have a temperature and can identify/classify them in their warm, cool, and neutral families. As our temperature and season changes, we're taking a look at the colors around us. The leaves will be changing soon so we want to create something to reflect that. Students will each further demonstrates their understanding of warm colors. They will learn how to draw leaves, practice their scissor skills, and create a decorative Fall Wreath.