Saturday, October 30, 2010

(EV) Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month (2/2)

The students named this painting: "The garden of hope".
One of the students said: " I like working together with my friends because I get to use all the colors."

"Rocks, means strength" said one of the students.

This painting created the biggest mess! Leaves, paint, glue, brushes, rocks, were scattered everywhere!
One of the students named this painting: "Water lilies"

We had hard time gluing the rings. When I said: "Maybe we should not add the rings", the students said: " We like the rings, they look like suns".

We learned how to work with small brushes and nails (textruring the clay flowers).

The symbol of hope.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

(EV) Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month (1/2)

The Pre-school and the Elementary students participated in group Pink projects in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Special Thanks:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Technology teacher Ms. Melanie Gillis for giving us the styrofoam pieces for this project. 

A collaborative art project.
Hands working together can do miracles.

Every shade of pink was available for our pink projects.

We used special small brushes for detailing. The boys did not complain painting with pink that day!

The end result of working together.

The trees of Hope.

This is a mixed media pink project.
The students used Styrofoam, clay, rocks, sequence, paper and floral wire.

(video) For Parents and Educators: How to Engage Your Children in Art / Art Institute Chicago

(PS) Lines are everywhere

Project objective(s):
-Look for lines in our environment.
-Look for lines in paintings.
-Use markers and chalks to draw a variety of lines.
-Use markers to trace the puzzle piece

Standing and practicing drawing lines is a perfect practice.

Sitting and practicing drawing different lines is also a perfect practice.

Holding markers correctly makes drawing lines easier.

Looking for lines in a Kandinsky picture is a perfect practice.

Drawing a variety of lines is fun.

Using chalks on their side creates interesting lines.

(PS) Learning how to draw squares

Project objective(s):
-Practice how to draw horizontal lines.
-Practice how to draw vertical lines.
-Learning how to hold chalks correctly.
-Learning how to trace over the square.
-Learning that squares have four equal sides.

 Tracing the square on the paper helps visualizing how to draw a square.

Learning how to hold chalks correctly in order to trace the square.

First, we trace, then we see what we can do on our own! No bad! "I see squares!"

I did it! on my first try! hooray! "One big red square".

Three times the charm! "I drew three squares, my squares are green, with water."

(PS) My Self-Portrait

Project objective(s):
- Create a self-portrait by using different sizes paper.
- Making choices on how to place the paper in order to create the self-portrait.
- Making choices on the different colors, and shapes of paper in order to complete the project.
- Learning that our faces are unique and beautiful.

Art is about making choices.

Making choices on the shapes and colors of the paper.

"My favorite color is pink".

 We have pink and yellow faces because these are the colors we like the best!
" I used small pieces of paper because I am a boy; and boys have short hair, and I don't like pink".

"My self-portrait is beautiful, but I still think my real face looks better! Take a pick"

(G1) Learning about the properties of clay

Project objective(s):
-Clay as part of our natural environment.
-Properties of clay.
-Learn how to use different tools in order to create texture.
-Create and paint the clay composition.

Choosing the correct amount of paint and applying it on the dry piece of clay.

 The challenge of working with clay before it dries up. Learning that shaping the clay is a lot harder than painting it.

Learning to control hand movements by holding the clay with one hand and painting it with the other.

Learning how to hold the brush correctly.

Realizing that the shape of clay changes when dried; and so painting the white spots is a challenge.

(G2,G3,G4) The Challenge of the rock, the floral wire and the bead

Project Objective(s)
-Learning about the properties of different materials (rocks, wire, beads).
-Patience and concentration are important factors in completing projects.  
-Using logic to facilitate the completion of the project. 

It takes concentration and patience to wrap a wire around a rock.
The student is working on the third step which is to pass beads through the wire.

The student after he was successful in wrapping the wire around the rock, he is working on the third step of passing beads through the wire. 

The student is practicing eye-hand coordination in order to pass the beads through the wire.

A big smile after multiple tries in finding the right rocks for this project!
"If I had to give a title for this project, it would be: Rocks are stubborn"

The student has all four rocks hanging from the wire. This battle is over.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

(G2, G3, G4) The Challenge of the Pin

Project Objective(s)
-Learning the importance of eye-hand coordination.
-Use logic to make decisions on where the pins should be attached.      
-Learning that patience and concentration are part of the artistic process.

How difficult can it be to attach a pin on a flat piece of wood?
The students are learning what in art is referred to as "The illusion of ease".
It took about five minutes to securely attach the pin on this piece of wood.

"I need the strenght of my upper body to secure this pin on the piece of wood".

" If I push my chair back, and position my hands this way, and use both hands, maybe this stubborn pin will go in!"

"When will I get to the rock part? Attaching these pins is taking too long!"

Using logic to determine how far one should place the pins from one another.

(video) Why the Arts?

(KG) Learning about a variety of lines found in the environment (Lines and trees)

Project Objective(s):
-Through the studying of lines we can understand the structure of objects in our environment.
-Learning about the different kind of lines.
-Learning the vocabulary of lines.
-Lines communicate ideas.

Understanding how to draw a variety of lines by observing the tree model.

It takes patience and concentration to draw a variety of lines.

Looking at the tree model is helpful in understanding the structure of a tree.
Sharing information with my friend is also helpful.

Using wet chalks to color over the lines was the fun part of the art lesson. 

I am proud to display my finished product.The blue spot on my right eye is not eye shadow.

Understanding that lines can help us understand the structure of objects in the natural environment.

I can smile now that my tree is done.