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Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Using ordinary household sponges I created stamps of assorted shapes - triangle, square, rectangle and circle. Students used the stamps to explore pattern, texture, color and printing techniques. Although the students all worked with the same materials their artwork looked completely different. One student created a building with different shaped stamps, another student explored how the embossing on the sponge left a pattern on their paper, and another student layered colors in different patterns on their paper. This project is a great way to discuss geometric shapes and how they surround us in our environment.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Students dripped, flicked, and flung paint onto their canvases. They stood, kneeled, and squatted as they worked. Brightly colored canvases began to evolve as layers of paint were added. I read aloud Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan to inform the students about who Jackson Pollack is and why his style of painting is so important. According to the book Jackson Pollack worked standing up and dripped paint onto his canvas using old paint brushes, sticks, or whatever he could find. He felt that this style of painting allowed him to "be in the painting..." (Greenberg, Jordan, 2002, p. 16) My students were "in the painting" for sure...
Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan
Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
Friday, July 16, 2010
Students rolled, pinched, and molded clay this week to create an array of unusual items. Some projects were music oriented such as a flute and sheet music while others varied depending on individual interests (helicopters, animals, bowls, initials, and so forth). Students used fine motor skills to shape their creations and assorted sculpting tools to create texture on the clay. Marbelex gray clay is an air drying clay.
Student's were transported back in time to when pirates ruled the high seas! Treasure chests were decorated by students and filled with pirate loot. Treasure maps, rafts and flags were made out of an assortment of limited supplies left on a nearby deserted island (our art studio space).
Friday, July 9, 2010
A mixture of flour and water is perfect to use as glue for papier-mâché projects. The flour and water mixture felt squishy said the students as they dipped strips of newspaper into the mixture. Then they criss-crossed the newspaper strips as they layered them on their plastic cup. Students layered, and layered the strips until they had a thickness that when dry would form a strong vessel. When the newspaper looked and felt totally dry I removed the plastic cup (about 2 days). The students painted their cups using a variety of motifs and styles - stripes, dots, flowers, blocks of color, and multi-colors.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Sculpting is a great hands-on activity that gets students engaged right away. Using ordinary household items students created a 3D sculpture. Some students made animals such as a monkey, rabbit, bird and giraffe. Other students created humans in motion. Student's painted their sculptures as well.
All sculptures will be on display in the lobby of Hoff Barthelson Music School.