In addition to finalizing our portfolios for the year to take home, we had some fun in the art room during our last lessons together. Inchies are tiny drawings made in a one inch square. I challenged the students to complete 30 drawings in just 30 minutes based on the theme of Summer, of course!
We also tried the Play-Doh Challenge - each table had a tub of dough and tools like popsicle sticks, marker caps, and plastic buttons. I called out a category and the kids had a few minutes to build their sculpture. We took a quick look at all the creations before smashing them and going on to the next. Lots of fun and a good way to use all that energy!
Have a wonderful summer everyone! I hope your families have enjoyed all your art and I look forward to creating with you again this fall.
My youngest stitchers use some tricks to keep them on track while sewing. For our first attempt with first grade names, we use our finger as a spacer for the stitches - once they get the hang of it, they can omit that step. Then we do the "down and up" part with the needle at the same time, so that we don’t have to turn the cloth over (see second pic). I also remind them to pull the needle from the bottom so the end of the yarn isn’t always sliding out.
My kindergarteners sewed a sun shape and filled the middle with doodads for the face - really cute!
Fourth graders made embroidered portraits, some human and some animals :)
Lots of my older students enjoyed potholder weaving at the end of the year - many stopped by in the mornings before classes to get in a little weaving each day.
This is a fun way for kids to experiment with 3-D form without spending a lot of dough - use old magazines or newspaper! You will need a reasonable amount of tape, but that's it. Roll tubes from the pages and assemble! Start with a three or four sided base and go upward from there. Some classes raided the yarn scraps and paper strip scraps for additional details.
Can you tell I'm trying to catch up on my sadly neglected blog? Doubling up on the content for each post :).
Fourth graders learned about community murals and their purposes - beautification, advertising, sharing a message. We drew plans on printed images and used a planning sheet for working out/explaining what the intention of our mural was.
First graders looked at the art of Beverly Buchanan and created 3-D shacks from recycled materials we saved in the art room. Folk artists often use what they have or find rather than buying specific art materials.
Time is flying by, and my final Clay Day of the year was a quick but fun clay painters palette for my older kids. Here they are in the first stage - more pics to come! Also, a few shots of some super cute first grade pinch pots.
All classes have been working on some type of sewing or weaving project in our fourth unit. Here are some in progress shots - we are wrapping it up very soon as our days in the year are numbered! The kids love working with fibers and always get really into it!
I will be posting a few how-to’s and step by step pics this week, I promise. I’ll also have pics of Kindergarten suns and 4th grade portraits.
Second grade flowers, made with running stitch and back stitch - a few had time to try the satin stitch.
First grade names with rainbow yarn - we used a running stitch.
Needle & Thread Clubbers are sewing some of their own creations, and also taking inspiration from artist Jessica Rosestitch on Instagram who makes embroidered sculptures. I’m making one of these as well - it's addictive!
Fifth graders are learning to weave patterns on a cardboard loom - the end result is a wall hanging.
Third graders created embroidered monograms using the couching stitch.
I made magnetic boxes for needle storage this year and invested in a bobbin box from Walmart for the embroidery floss - working out well! You can also see my old method - storing in baggies.
We had another amazing turn out at our annual art show and chorus concert this year. Thank you so much to all the families and volunteers for making it possible. Nothing makes me happier than celebrating our work every spring!
We are celebrating Youth Art Month with a fun art history game that ties in to the current basketball craze! Each week in March, students are getting a quick lesson on six famous artworks and then vote for their favorite. The categories change each week - Portraits, Landscapes, Sculpture, and Nonobjective. This week is our final four and we will have a winner for overall favorite artwork at the end of the month. The first pic shows the final four contenders, and keep scrolling to see other participating works from the month.
A few pics of the winners with their sticker “votes”
My Tuesday and Wednesday classes have recently completed their clay projects - they should be wrapped and carefully delivered home soon! I am really enjoying the change to clay days instead of "one grade level at a time" doing clay work. Due to storage limitations for 3-D work, we can only handle a limited amount of clay happening at one time. With clay days, I am able to keep the clay setup out all day long without having to clean up between classes, which has made things flow much better. Here are a few pics of what we've been building - I dropped the ball on getting process pics, but I blame my constantly clay-coated hands. We build on our skills each year, starting out with pinching, pressing textures, coiling, modeling, joining, rolling slabs, and glazing.
First graders enjoyed pinching pots while learning about the global history and natural qualities of clay.
Second graders made pinch pots with the addition of coil feet and spoons
Third graders made aquariums and terrariums that could stand upright with the addition of a cardboard stand in the back.
Fourth graders made pots from hand rolled and cut slabs that were adorned with a personal symbol - students chose a function for their pot like a plant pot or a desk pencil cup.
Kindergarten fossils and 5th grade wall pockets and slab bowls not pictured but coming soon!