Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Art and Math - Sixth Grade Radial Name Design

The radial designs our sixth grade artists created this year are very impressive!
 This art project is a great way of correlating math and art. 

Craftsmanship and creativity are stressed as they are for all of our art projects.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Our fourth grade artists had a COLOR THEORY lesson on the complementary colors. COMPLEMENTARY COLORS are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. These opposite colors create CONTRAST in an artwork. If some of a colors complement is added to it, the INTENSITY of that color will be duller. 

The artists began by folding their paper, opening it, and drawing half of the outline of their creatures face on one side of the fold. Next they folded the paper again and cut the shape out to create a full face. To make the 3D nose, they either extended their drawing of the face and brought it down to tape it or made it separately. 

They continued by drawing the details of their creatures face with pencil and TRANSFERRED the features they chose to make SYMMETRICAL. The last step was to color their creatures with a complementary color scheme. We had an exciting time with this lesson!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Fourth Grade Artists used the lines and shapes in the letters of their  names to create a SYMMETRICAL NAME DESIGN. They began by folding their paper to establish a LINE OF SYMMETRY. Next they wrote their names on the fold with a primary pencil. They tried to stretch out their letters to fill the SPACE. They then  folded their paper with their name on the inside and used a smooth hard object (we used the bottom of a sharpie) to rub where their name was written to TRANSFER the lines and shapes to the other side of paper. A MIRROR IMAGE was created.

The artists used their creative thinking to complete the project by adding details and coloring their design to continue the symmetrical BALANCE.

They are so much fun to look at!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

6th Grade Clay Plates

Sinking Springs 6th Grade artists are very proud of their finely crafted clay plates.

The Native American inspiration for their designs was successful.

The students used a variety of resources to assist in designing.

Geometric patterns were also used as a source of inspiration.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

5th Grade Impressionistic Landscapes

Our 5th grade artists have been WOWing me with their impressionistic techniques!
We started this lesson by viewing the entertaining video Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists, Claude Monet. After the video we play a review game. The amount of information they remember from the video to ask each other questions about always amazes me.

The next art class each student chooses a Claude Monet art print of a landscape to study as the students render their own with pencil and oil pastels. They can change anything they wish. It usually takes one more art class for them to complete their landscape.

 Each student artist develops their own impressionistic style. By the time they are finished they have really had a chance to study their print closely.

The hall display looks great. The student art work is hung with prints by Claude Monet and a poster on information about him.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Around the World Intramural (Week 2) - Africa

The second country we explored was Africa. One of the art forms in Africa is the creative dying of material. Our artists got a tie dye effect on socks by using sharpies and rubbing alcohol. Mrs. Beck and I  dripped rubbing alcohol on the designs to cause the colors to bleed out to resemble tie dye. This method was used since our time was limited.

Some of our artists decided to make orange and black Central SPIRIT socks. They always come up with the best ideas!

They had a great time playing African drums and learning an African song!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Around the World Intramural (Week 1) - China

Mrs. Beck, our music teacher and I are teaching the students in our after school intramural a song and visual art from six different countries. Our first country was China. We all had a great time as we practiced painting the Chinese symbols for the letters of our names in calligraphy.

Our ATW artists used a watercolor brush and India ink to paint the combination of lines that made up the Chinese letters of their name.

                   Everyone did a great job filling the space with the Chinese letters for their name..

 After the ink dried they used a glue stick or stapler to add a bright red paper frame.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Fourth Grade Op Art

    Fourth grade artists made 3D cubes out of their Op Art this year.     

    They took six (6inch x 6inch) pieces of Op Art and connected them to make a cube. Some of the students used a few Op Art handout to complete the project.  The introduction to this art lesson includes learning about the famous Op artists Bridget Riley and Victor Vassarelly.

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    To make this type of op art the students started by drawing small shapes as obstacles on their paper. Next they repeated each shape until they started running into each other. When that happened they decided how to complete their art. I did give some suggestions for the students that were a little unsure of what to do. Filling in some of the shapes that are left creates a nice contrast. 

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    Sunday, January 23, 2011

    5th Grade Color Fold Overs

    Our 5th grade artists had a great time making fold over paintings after working really hard on their detailed 12 step color wheels. They loved seeing what was created when they opened up their folded paper!
    Many of them were successful in making the secondary and intermediate colors by positioning the primary color areas in the correct places. Others just got lucky :)

    5th Grade Bas Relief Sculptures