Longest line pictures
Draw a long, varied line across the accordion fold paper.
What does your line suggest? Envision possibilities.
Add lines and shapes to express your idea!
If there were no lines or shapes would there be written alphabets? Find out more in –
Ox, House, Stick, The History of Our Alphabet
By Don Robb
Alphabets can be artistic, too.
We read Beautiful Oops! by Barney Salzburg – a story that shows tears, spills, and ink blots transformed into something new.
Then, children picked pieces of white drawing paper sprinkled with random black ink spots. They drew lines and shapes with black ink pens to express their personal ideas.
The longest line
Draw the longest line…
try not to cross over.
On the wall outside the art room,
connect your line to a classmates’ line.
What is a line?
Who invented lines?
How do artists use lines?
What different kinds of lines you see?
How do lines and shapes make pictures?
How do pictures tell stories?
Would there be written alphabets if there were no lines or shapes?
OF CLAY !
white clay – drying
white clay – dry
red clay – drying
red clay – fired!
During the month of January children in first, second and third grades have been exploring the possibilities and limitations of clay focusing on using our hands as tools. We will continue to practice basic techniques for shaping balls, rolling coils, pinching pots and pressing slabs. Also, we are learning how to properly use and care for a variety of clay tools.
Week 1: Explore:
Pinch, pat, pull apart, roll, and squish the clay together.
Using your hands, change the shape of the clay to show your idea.
Pass the “pick up” test.
Week 2 – Practice:
Draw different kinds of lines with a clay drawing tool.
Stamp designs with plaster and clay stamps.
Cut out shapes with metal shape cutters.
Explore textures with wooden tools.
Design a clay heart using the techniques above.
Pass the pick up test.
Week 3 – Assemble – parts to whole:
Envision an idea for a clay snowman, snowcat, bear or other animal.
Practice the “scratch and attach” technique. (Scratch, scratch, wet, attach.)
Starting with balls and coils, model the body parts.
Assemble the parts together using “scratch and attach.”
Notice how parts put together make a whole object.
Pass the pick up test.
To be continued!!!
Artist Rogan Brown
“We live in a world dominated by science,” Brown says. “Art needs to work hard to keep up or use the language and imagery of science for its own ends.”
Artist Rogan Brown’s paper sculptures are many times larger than the organisms that inspire them. Magic Circle Variation 5 is approximately 39 inches wide by 39 inches tall in its entirety. Brown has created multiple versions of Magic Circle, the shape of which alludes to a petri dish and a microscope lens.
Courtesy of Rogan Brown roganbrown.com
Is This Snowy Wonderland or The World Inside a Petri Dish?
By Meredith Rizzo
Do you remember cutting paper snowflakes in school? Artist Rogan Brown has elevated that simple seasonal art form and taken it to science class.
These large-scale paper sculptures may evoke snow, but actually trade on the forms of bacteria and other organisms. The patterns may feel familiar, but also a bit alien.
Click HERE to read the full, fascinating story from NPR.
NPR / PUBLIC HEALTH Is This Snowy Wonderland Or The World Inside A Petri Dish? By Meredith Rizzo December 25, 20155:26 AM ET
This short Thanksgiving week in art, children shared their artistic talents. They drew, colored and designed “Kindness Cards” for people who go to the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center seeking food and shelter. These two basic human needs are studied in third grade.
The children worked in a purposeful, heartfelt manner. When asked about how someone might feel receiving a handmade “Kindness Card,” children said, “cared for,” “like they are not all alone,” and “loved.”
Happy Thanksgiving to All!
Grades 1, 2 and 3
. . . at some familiar things in the art room.
Where would you find these?
Match the words to the pictures.
art map book nook child size sink clay tools construction paper denim aprons flat files flowers geometric shape templates idea books lava light light box Ms. H.’s clay bear name tags paintbrushes pattern blocks Prismacolors recycled sun rocking chair rocks tempera paint tools and materials baskets unit blocks watercolors
“Art is literacy of the heart.”
– Elliot Eisner
1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.
3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.
7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
what adults believe is important.
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