Thursday, December 5, 2013

2nd Grade: Ornaments

Origami Cat Ornaments

These PURRfect ornaments were created by 2nd grade students. They enjoyed folding paper to form the cat's head. Next, they decorated the cat with crayons and markers. 

The ornaments above are from Ms. Estep's class. 

1st Grade: Penguins

Paper Penguins

First grade students enjoyed creating penguin families. They painted with shaving cream and glue to form snow. They painted with a q-tip to create snowflakes. They made a wonderful winter wonderland scene. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kindergarten Turkeys

Terrific Turkeys

The Kindergarten students enjoyed making a turkey collage for the fall season. First, we drew the turkey step-by-step by drawing an oval for the body and a circle for the head. The two shapes were connected to create the neck. Next, we sponge painted using a variety of fall colors. Finally, details were added to the turkey by gluing down a variety of pre-cut shapes. I love that each turkey is unique. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Artists of the Month

Congratulations to the November Artists of the Month! 

I'm very proud of your work.

1st Grade Owls/Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch/Kindergarten Giraffes 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Kindergarten Pumpkins

Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch

This seasonal project was a great way to incorporate the fall season into Art class. First, the students drew 3 various sized pumpkins. Next, they painted each pumpkin with a sponge brush. They enjoyed using a hopping technique with the sponge brush and were very neat painters. Next, they cut out the pumpkins and added details such as grass, stems, a moon, and leaves. I'm very impressed with their work!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kindergarten Giraffes

Fantastic Giraffes!

Kindergarten students loved creating active giraffes. We integrated Music, Art, and Movement by singing and acting out a giraffe song. The Art Room's mascot, Mr. Giraffe, oversaw all of the fun.

 The students used yellow paper to draw a body and neck for the giraffe and cut out the pieces. They then glued the pieces on blue paper and added a background. The other giraffe parts were precut and glued on next.  Finally, they painted with a Q-Tip to create spots and glued felt and canvas pieces for the hair on the giraffe's neck. 

Each giraffe is unique.

Reading the book Giraffes Can't Dance is a great way to connect Art and Literacy to this lesson. 

Mosaic Fish and Giraffes decorate the halls at B. Bernice Young School.

Mr. Giraffe is happy to call the Art Room home. The students used this model to point out all of the giraffe's different body parts. In this photo he is visiting an Art Show at the PAC.

Monday, October 14, 2013

1st Grade: Clay Owls

          Crayola Model Magic Owls

1st Grade students loved having a "Clay Day" and creating owls. We discussed the following owl facts:

A baby owl is called an owlet.

A group of owls is called a parliament.

There are over 200 different types of owls.

Owls can swivel their heads to look backwards.

Owls hunt for their food.

Owls are nocturnal.

The owls pictured are from Ms. Rocco's first grade class.

The students did a wonderful job painting the owls.

The above owls were created by students in Ms. Sangataldo's class.
The students painted a piece of wood black with watercolor paints. This created the night sky. 

Each student was given a pack of clay. First, they made a ball with the clay and flattened it. This created a flat circle shape. Next, they peeled in the edges on each side of the circle to create wings. Then the top of the circle was peeled down to create the head. Finally, we pinched the ears and added details such as eyes, a beak, and claws. During the following art class the owls were painted with tempera paint. Lastly, the owls and branch were glued to the wooden sky.

The above owls are from Ms. George-Moskovitz's class. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

2nd Grade: Keith Haring

Keith Haring at Young School

2nd Grade students were introduced to the artist Keith Haring. We discussed the following Haring facts:

Keith Haring was born in 1958 in Pennsylvania.

When he was a child he loved to draw.

He moved to New York City and attended Art School.

He started creating artwork in the subway station.

After viewing Haring's artwork the students described it as:







The students completed a Keith Haring activity sheet. First, they drew active people in Haring's style of art.  Next, they traced the figures to create a bold outline. They were sure to add lines of movement to create action. Finally, they  added bright colors to finish the project. 

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Artists of the Month: October

Congratulations to the October Artists of the Month! 

    Your lions and owls look great! Congrats on this special recognition! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

2nd Grade Mosaics

2nd Grade Fish Mosaics

Students in Mrs. Barron's class created marvelous mosaics. Each mosaic is like a puzzle. By cutting and gluing various paper shapes and sizes the students created an underwater scene.
They created a 3-D effect by manipulating the paper through folding and curling different parts of the fish. 

I'm very proud of the students' work! They were very dedicated and worked diligently to finish the project. 

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Notice the curling effect on each tail.

The students chose warm colors for each fish.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Grounds for Sculpture

Spend a day at Grounds for Sculpture.

If you're looking for a fun family activity consider visiting Grounds for Sculpture. Located in Hamilton Township NJ the sculpture garden and museum is home to many beautiful and interactive pieces of art. Some young children may not enjoy the confines of a museum, but Grounds for Sculpture brings art outside. The fall season is a great time to explore the 42 acres consisting of open spaces, beautiful gardens, and water elements.

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Grounds for Sculpture combines Art and Nature.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

2nd Grade Lions

2nd Grade students created amazing lions.

We began this lesson by discussing the following lion facts:

Male lions have manes.
Female lions are great hunters.
Lions can weigh up to 400 lbs.
Lions live in the wild in Africa.
A lion's roar can be heard from 5 miles away.

The students drew the lion step-by-step and painted him with multicultural colors. Next, details were added to the lion's face with oil pastels. Finally, an animal print pattern was added to the top and bottom of the paper.

I'm very proud of the students' work. Their lions are very expressive!

Kindergarten Owlets

Kindergarten students created fun owlets!

 We began by drawing the owl step-by-step and ripping brown paper to create the owl's feathers. Ripping the paper was a great way to work on fine motor skill development. The students practiced cutting by tracing two cups for the yellow eyes and cutting them out. They added details such as legs, eyes, and a beak to complete the baby owl. The lesson culminated with adding movement to art by acting out all of the owlet's body parts. 

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Each owlet has his/her own little personality. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

1st Grade Mixing Colors

1st Grade students are learning a lot about COLOR!

Art Vocabulary:
Primary Colors
Secondary Colors
The Color Wheel

By combining Art, Music, and Science students are learning to make the secondary colors.  We began by completing a science experiment. Using food coloring the students loved mixing 2 primary colors to create a secondary color. They were great scientists! They also enjoyed listening to our Color CD and singing along to some of the songs. We completed a color mixing activity sheet together. 

For a follow-up lesson the students created a Color Bug. Each bug is a visual reminder of how to make a secondary color. The body of the bug is a secondary color and the wings are the 2 primary colors needed to create that color.

The students loved the food coloring experiment.

yellow + blue = green

yellow + red = orange

blue + red = purple