Our fourth grade students had an opportunity to try their drawing skills outdoors today. We were lucky to have a ninety year old Marmon visit the school for the kids to draw for a landscape project. The kids had a blast getting to work outside and enjoyed learning a little bit of history behind this cool car. I can't wait to see the finished landscape examples in a few weeks.
Notes from Mr. Granucci, in the Art Room
We are off to a fantastic start this the year in the art room. I will be teaching at Haddam Elementary School Wednesday afternoons, all day Thursday and Fridays this year.
Our kindergarten students have been working on self-portraits for our first project. Students spent the first art period looking at portrait paintings by famous artists, then drawing their own self-portraits independently. This was followed by a second more directed art lesson on how artists draw eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Each student added their own special details to make their portraits resemble themselves. For our new kindergarten parents, don’t be alarmed if you don’t see any of the art projects coming home. I save every project for each student and you will see them all displayed at our annual art show in May.
The first grade created some wonderful flower bouquet paintings using watercolor, tempera paint and oil pastels. We also incorporated a bit of symmetry and created some cool patterns using the elements of line and shape for the vases.
The second grade students just finished creating an apple still life similar to the style of the famous artist Paul Cezanne. We are learning how artists use the element of art “value” to blend colors to show shading and highlights, as well as giving their pictures a three dimensional feel. In addition, we are using the elements of line and shape to create patterns for their paintings.
Our third grade students have been learning about perspective by drawing a still life within a room to illustrate a three-dimensional look. The artist we are studying is Henri Matisse. We will be incorporating the elements of line and shape to illustrate patterns. Students will be using oil pastels and water colors to complete their pictures.
The fourth grade created still life pictures for their first project also. Students created realistic fruit bowls using oil pastels by overlapping a variety of fruit with in a symmetrically drawn pedestal bowl. One of the goals of the lesson was to show shading techniques by blending colors using oil pastels. I am in the process of hanging these pictures throughout the building. Be sure to stop and take a look when you visit the school next time.
I am always looking for volunteers to help out in the art room, specifically for the art show. If you are interested, send me an email indicating the best days of the week and times. Be sure to check my weekly blog @ www.rsd17.org. You will need to click on the globe next to my name in the staff directory to get all the latest information and pictures of some of our talented artists’ projects going on in the art room. If you ever have a question, I can be reached at email@example.com.
Mrs. McKenzie's class recently completed their recycled sculptures of flying saucers complete with tiny clay aliens. Colorful plastic gems were also used for flashing lights to accent their flying saucers. What an amazing job these talented second graders did on this project! Come see these amazing sculptures the night of the art show May 23.
Mrs. Rich's class recently finished their recycled rocket-ship sculptures made from Pringles Chips containers. They really enjoyed painting their sculptures with metallic paints. The designs they painted are beautiful. These awesome sculptures will be on display at the art show on May 23rd. Hope to see you there!
Notes from the art room
This month, we have been very busy in the art room. Our Kindergarten classes are drawing and painting winter birds using geometric shapes. We have also started to learn about clay and will be creating pinch pots.
In first grade, our students are working on a mixed media picture from outer space using lines and shapes to create patterns.
The second grade students have just completed a mixed media picture of aliens based on the story Aliens Love Underpants, by Clair Freedman & Ben Cort. They had a blast creating and designing new underpants for their aliens using the elements of line, shape and pattern.
Our third grade students have just about completed a mix media drawing project of flying saucers. After drawing a plethora of robots, aliens and space animals, they accented their flying saucers with a cut out symmetrical design using a variety of geometric shapes.
In fourth grade, our students are learning different techniques using clay to create aliens.
Congratulations to Grace Mitchell who is this year’s recipient for the Connecticut Association of Schools’ Celebration of the Arts award. Grace will be receiving her award at the Aqua Turf on February 5th.
Stop by my blog page at www.rsd17.org to see more exciting creations we have been working on in the art room.
Please continue to save and send into school recycled supplies. The list can be found on my blog page. We continue to be particularly in need of newspaper on a regular basis.
Mrs. Boudreau's Class
Mrs. Mc Kenzie's 2nd grade
Mrs. Burt's Kindergarten class-
Mr. Jay Granucci