May 1, 2015: Art

   You probably already know that our third graders have proudly finished sewing their ugly dolls because they have made the trip home. I personally wished I could have convinced a few more students to keep their creatures at school so that I could include them in the art show, but they could not wait another minute to get them home. Many students have reported back to me about the special place their ugly doll now lives in their bedroom.

     This project was really loved by the 3rd graders. For every art class in the past 5 weeks, they have come into the art room eager to get started sewing, sometimes impatiently appeasing my need to teach them at the carpet for 5 minutes before getting started. They have learned the Whip stitch, Straight stitch, how to thread a needle and how to end the thread using a looping technique. We have also looked at other contemporary examples of Fiber Arts, discussed organic vs. geometric shapes, complimentary colors and the design principles, Emphasis and Contrast.

     Next, we will start a unit that focuses on texture through a Surreal Landscape Painting. In this project, students will create their own characters that inhabit a fantasy land full of different visual textures. They will explore the difference between visual and physical texture and learn to create the illusion of texture on a 2-D surface. For this painting, students will also have practice in creating custom colors, mixing primaries and secondary colors in a variety of combinations to achieve interesting tints and shades. They will learn about atmospheric perspective and various techniques for creating depth.

     Thanks to all of the volunteers who will be helping set-up the art Show next Friday and Saturday, the 8th and 9th of May. We have plenty of helpers for setting up but still could use a few more volunteers to take down the Art Show on Friday afternoon, May 29th between 12:45-5:00.

Please click the hyperlink to reach the Sign-up Form to help out if you're available. OR send me an email if you can help out.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the sunny weather!

Sarah Harpole
2nd-5th Grade Art Specialist