Art News
April 2016

* Quarter 3 Free Art Day was celebrated April 8th - 15th *



March 2016

PreK & Kinders & Grade 2: Spring self-portraits, spring flowers, frog puppets all sprung in the art room! Our spring self-portraits showed great progress in our understanding of proportions and the layout of the face. We used mirrors to observe our skin, hair and eye colors. We made sure to use realistic colors when coloring our self-portraits.

Grade 1: We continued a focus on 3D forms by creating Cubes, Rectangular Prisms, Cones, Pyramids all by coloring and folding flat paper. We discussed the difference between a flat 2D shape and a 3D form. Flat surfaces, how many faces, names were all discussed and explored. Our goal this year in Grade 1 was to have a heavy focus on geometry. We also focused on measuring using non-standard and standard tools for measurement. We measured our height in inches and then measured a piece of yarn to our height. We measured that piece of yarn to find our height in pencils and paper clips. We then created an image using a continuous contour line and added the length of yarn in our height to that line. The trick was to keep one continuous line and to not cross the line! Great success was had by all! 

Grade 3: Spring Self-Portraits using proportions were created! They look amazing, please check them out on Artsonia! We examined the work of M.C. Escher and tried our initials using one-point perspective to make them appear 3D. Tessellations inspired by the art of M.C. Escher were created.

Grade 4&5: One-point perspective and the art element of Space were studied carefully by grades 4 &5. After finishing our Chinese New Year Dragons, we learned about using a vanishing point to make our art appear 3D. We started by drawing our initials in block letters and connecting them to a center vanishing point. Initials were great practice to creating an original cityscape showing buildings, trees, people and a street. All classes practiced one-point perspective by creating our initials. Some grade 4 and 5 classes created Tessellations and reviewed the art of M.C. Escher.



February 2016

All Grades: Chinese New Year! Lower grades learned about Chinese New Year celebrations and created good luck dragon puppets. Upper grades began a multiple step good luck Chinese dragon painting. The goal of drawing their dragon is using their imagination to create a truly original piece of art! We will continue with this project after February vacation.

* Quarter 2 Free Art Day was celebrated February 8th - 12th *



January 2016

PreK -1: Creating change was the main theme of January. We learned about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the change in the world he created. He took a non-violent stand for equality. We discussed how we can use kindness to be peaceful members of our community. We created peace signs and added our hands to represent our commitment to being kind to ourselves, one another, the earth and all creatures. 

Grade 2: Each second grade class got the chance to visit Kidspace at Mass MoCA to view the "Walk in My Shoes" exhibit. They were met by a museum educator and given a tour of the art on display in the gallery. They participated in a color mixing model magic project at the Art Bar in the gallery. In the classroom we continued to discuss empathy. We read a story titled, "Stand in My Shoes" and worked on drawing facial expressions to connect emotion to expression. I know all students LOVED the field trip to Kidspace! I encourage all families to take a trip to Mass MoCA. You can get free passes at the public library and entrance is free the 4th of every month.

Grade 3: We learned about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by reading a biography. We then drew a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. using the pencil, ink, erase, color technique. Using correct proportions and guidelines for portraiture was the artistic focus of this project. On the back of the portrait, we wrote our dream for the future.


Grades 4&5:  Artist statements! Please view your child's Russian or Gothic style scratch art castle on ARTSONIA and read what they have to say about their artwork!


December 2015

PreK & K:  Primary colors and secondary colors were the main focus in December. We used model magic to create color wheel inspired wall hangings, color wheel creative creatures and also learned about the artist Mondrian, who used bright primary colors in his non-representational art. Model magic is a great tool to practice color mixing as squishing two primaries together easily blends into a secondary. The three primary colors are; red, yellow and blue. Yellow and Blue create Green. Red and Yellow create Orange. Red and Blue create Violet.


Grade 1: Mondrian was also the featured artist in grade 1, as we viewed some of his representation artwork of windmills and trees, and non-representation art featuring bright primary colors and bold black lines traveling horizontally and vertically. The discussion about the difference between 2D shapes and 3D shapes also continued as we created mini snow-friends using spheres, cubes, discs, and cones sculpted with model magic. We created a landscape using simple lines and colored with a new material. Chalk pastels! Bright and colorful the landscapes created were abstract and imaginative.

Grade 2:  Grade 2 createda landscape using simple lines and colored with a new material. Chalkpastels! Bright and colorful the landscapes created were abstract andimaginative. Close up snow-friend portraits using oil pastels and white paint were also created as we thought about perspective in art. The highlight of the month was when the entire second grade traveled to Mass MoCA to enjoy a performance by Bari Koral at the Art Assembly!! Music and Movement was the objective for this performance as Bari Koral's music incorporates yoga and dance. It was a very positive and fun experience for all of second grade! You can check out Bari Koral's music here: http://barikoral.com/
In January each grade 2 class will be going to visit Kidspace at Mass MoCA where they will view the exhibit, Walk In My Shoes and create a piece of art to take home. The theme of the exhibit is Empathy. We will be reading stories and creating art exploring our identity and empathy for others post field trips.

Grade 3: Like Grade 2, Grade 3 also studied the art of Mondrian. We practiced writing Artist Statements about the inspired Mondrian Collage created. Statements include one part liked, one part they would change and the Mondrian art the preferred, representational or non-representational. Winter Cardinal paintings were also created. Grade 3 worked on being independent artists in the studio by getting their own materials needed for the project and keeping their work space tidy. They worked thoughtfully and made sure to apply the paint in the neatest way possible.


Grade 4:  Shaded Snow-friends were created in grade 4. We learned how to shade spheres and how to place a shadow. Value and shading techniques were the main objective. We created our own scratch art paper by coloring the paper with oil pastels using any colors and painting a layer of black paint mixed with dish soap. The dish soap prevents the paint from resisting the oil pastels and creates a layer that can be scratched away to reveal the color underneath. Castles in the style of Russian or Gothic architecture were drawn into the scratch art paper. We learned about the different characteristics of Gothic and Russian architecture and created our own inspired castle. Examples viewed were Westminster Abbey for Gothic and St. Basil's Cathedral for Russian. Students will be writing and posting their own artist statement for this project into their Artsonia account. Please check out the gallery linked on the Morningside homepage or on this page under Artsonia!


Grade 5:  Shaded Snow-friends were created using chalk pastels. We read the story "Snowmen at Night" and created an original scene of snowmen having fun using the chalk pastels. We also created our own scratch art paper by coloring the paper with oil pastels using any colors and painting a layer of black paint mixed with dish soap. The dish soap prevents the paint from resisting the oil pastels and creates a layer that can be scratched away to reveal the color underneath. Castles in the style of Russian or Gothic architecture were drawn into the scratch art paper. We learned about the different characteristics of Gothic and Russian architecture and created our own inspired castle. Examples viewed were Westminster Abbey for Gothic and St. Basil's Cathedral for Russian. Students will be writing and posting their own artist statement for this project into their Artsonia account. Please check out the gallery linked on the Morningside homepage or on this page under Artsonia!


November 2015

All Grades:

* Veteran's Day Field of Poppies in perspective. After learning about the symbolism of the poppy flower and it's connection to Veteran's Day, we read the poem, "In Flanders Fields" and created a landscape painting of a field of poppies. We discussed the horizon line and how to show perspective in landscapes.

* How to Draw a Turkey - after viewing photos and videos of real turkeys, we learned how to draw a turkey with a little creative flair.

* Free Art Day was celebrated at the end of Quarter 1. Students chose from several stations and created freely allowing full unrestricted self expression! Stations included: Drawing table, Coloring table, Modeling Clay, Kinetic Sand, Watercolor Painting, Beads and Wire, Building Blocks, Floor Puzzles, Legos, Memory and Pictionary.


October 2015

PreK & K: Silly Pumpkin Painted Paper Collage and Learning about Lines were the main projects created in October. The first step in the process of our pumpkin collage was painting our paper orange by mixing two primary colors of yellow and red.  Once the painted orange paper was dry we drew a large circle cut the circle out and added eyes and square teeth to assemble our collage. Line was a main topic and all PreK and Kinders learned the names of the lines and directions the travel. We created an oil pastel watercolor resist painting using all the lines in horizontal, vertical and diagonal directions.

Grade 1: Sculpture made another appearance in the art room! This time we created mini secondary pumpkin sculptures. We reviewed how the primary colors create the secondary colors then created our pumpkins. We made a connection to math by rolling vines in different lengths and discussing the spherical shape of the pumpkins.

Grade 2:  Grade 2 also sculpted secondary color pumpkins. We made a cultural connection to El Dia De Los Muertos by reading a story about the Mexican holiday and viewing examples of sugar skull designs. We then created a sugar skull mask illustrated carefully with traditional designs.

Grade 3: Like Grade 2, Grade 3 also learned about El Dia De Los Muertos and sculpted Calaveras in traditional Mexican style. Though these sugar skulls look like the real candy, they are made of model magic and colorful glue.

Grade 4: The very popular Fall Landscape with Birch Trees was created this month. We masked the white birch trees using masking tape and painted the fall landscape in warm colors. This was a time consuming and well worth it process as the final products are frame worthy!

Grade 5: A cultural connection to the Mexican holiday of El Dia De Los Muertos was made in Grade 5 by viewing the work of printmaker Jose Guadelupe Posada whose prints have become associated with the Day of the Dead for over 100 years. We engraved our inspired dancing skeletons and marigolds into a foam printing plate and used real block printing ink to create multiple prints!


September 2015

PreK: PreK has been off to a fun start in art! We created apple prints using fall colors, collaged apples ranging in size from small to large using red construction paper. We made self-portraits and like the Kinders we will create four more self-portraits to see our drawing and observation improve. We colored leaves with warm color markers then sprayed them with water to watch the colors mix and blend after discussing the change of season.

Kinders: This is the second week(9/28) of art for the Kindergarten students! Last week we practiced using the basic art materials of crayons, markers and colored pencils. This week all the Kinders have created self-portraits. This is the first of many self-portraits created in Kindergarten. During the year we will do four more and as the year goes the progress in drawing will be seen!

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Grades 1-5 began the year by reading "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. All grades celebrated in their own brave and creative dot ways!


Grade 1: Grade 1 celebrated Dot Day by creating a colorful paper sculpture with a circle base. We discussed line and folded the paper in curved and zig-zag lines to build the sculpture. Grade 1 students used oil pastels to create fantastic self-portraits. We spent a lot of time discussing how to color neatly and completely and each student really did their best work! In grade 1 this year we will be focusing on learning math through art and students drew all the shapes they know in the background of their portrait. This week we are drawing two versions of ourselves; a square self and an oval self, the challenge is using only squares and rectangles to draw a self-portrait and using only ovals and circles to draw a self-portrait! Students are enjoying the challenge! 

Grade 2: Dot was celebrated in grade 2 by 'dancing' paintbrushes on large paper dots. This lesson was our first painting lesson of the year and students learned how to hold the paint brush, make a mark and let the paint and their creativity dance around the paper! We used tempera paint and practiced keeping the brush bristles having a 'good hair day.' This helps increase our brush and painting techniques. Grade 2 created self-portraits drawn with markers and colored neatly and completely using realistic colors. We discussed the difference between fantasy and realism. In the background of our portraits we painted with watercolor paints and tried a little wax resist by drawing with crayons and painting color over the drawings. 

Grade 3 & 4: Grades 3 & 4 celebrated the story of The Dot by creating a relief sculpture using foam and foil. Students learned the technique of relief sculpting, which is building layers on a flat surface. On a foam circle students created their designs, built the layers of foam up and pressed and covered with foil to reveal a relief sculpture. Students added color using sharpie markers and I would guess this was everyone's favorite part! Some grade 3 & 4 students learned about guidelines and proportions when drawing faces and created awesome self-portraits. They colored using realistic colors and added patterns using fine tip markers in the background. Some grade 4 students chose 8 adjectives to describe themselves and are working hard to finish a mixed media self-portrait where the background is painted in darks and lights of one color (art element of value) and a black and white photograph is glued onto the painted background with their words illustrated and illuminated around their photo!

Grade 5: Inside a dot shape, fifth graders were encouraged to think of how they plan to make their mark at Morningside or in their future! Most chose to illustrate their hopes and dream careers. After thinking about our futures, 5th graders then chose 8 adjectives to describe themselves in the present and are incorporating them into a mixed media self-portrait. They learned about the element of art; value- the range of lightness to darkness of a color. They chose one color and expressed this element in their background painting. This week fifth graders will be illustrating their adjectives onto their background painting and around a black and white portrait image.

Grades 3-5 all created their own personal sketchbook which will be used in art to plan, practice and document ideas.


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2015-2016
WELCOME BACK!


A new year with new art to create! Please check out the art curriculum page for updated PDF pages that show exactly what will be learned in each grade level.

International DOT DAY is Tuesday, September 15, 2015! Are you ready to make YOUR mark and see where it takes you?!




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