Memorial Spaulding artists have been working very hard using their observational drawing skills to learn. This is not always an easy task, but once students have committed to engaging in this work, I have found that students work through frustration, put forth effort and are able to persist through to create really exciting and thoughtful works of art! This is part of our work towards creating and building upon our Studio Habits of Mind, which are the pillars of our learning (you will hear your kids using this language hopefully!).
Here are the works of art we are working on….coming to our Artsonia Page once they are complete!
In fifth grade we are studying Georgia O’Keeffe and creating abstract flowers and will explore blending with contrasting colored oil pastels! Ask your child how abstract they decided to express in their work.
In fourth grade, we took on the challenge of drawing instruments in one of the most complex still life set ups I have ever seen! Students learned how to blend neighbor colors (also known as analogous colors) together. Ask your child how to they were able to use contour lines and create such complexities within their compositions and how they used their artistic license and why!
In third grade, we explore still life through the alla prima approach of painting. Alla prima means “first attempt” and while it is a challenge, it is also very exciting. You wouldn’t believe how excited students have been to get started! Ask your kiddos all about this experience!
In second grade, students studied shells. Through careful observation, and pretending to be a bug crawling around, along with the use of contour lines, students were able to create masterpieces! Students studied negative space and positive space (ask them the difference!) and how the warm colors contrast the cool colors. Ask them what contrast means too…..I bet they can even use it in a sentence!
In first grade, artists carefully studied flowers in a vase. They started with a smile (ask them what this means- so silly and so helpful!) and then ask how they used the technique of doubling to create a 3-dimensional quality to their work! Students are working to paint these drawings as well.
In Kindergarten, we read the book Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert and we used our monochromatic colors to create a garden. Ask your child what the word monochromatic means and ask them to say it like a robot (this helps them remember this sophisticated word for sure!)! Students played the game “pass the color” which allowed them to use each color and build our skills to create our own garden!
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Thank you for your support of the arts and I am so thankful for you and your imaginative children!