In a paragraph, tell me either what it means to be an “artist” or what it takes for something to be “artwork”. Be descriptive and thorough in your response. Middle school heading, typed, double spaced, printed and turned in on or before the due date listed below. Below the heading, include the title, artist, and […]
Go to the Art Institute of Chicago’s website (http://www.artic.edu/) and select “collections”. In the collections, find a piece of artwork you like. Analyze the piece and tell me why you like it. What is it about the subject, color, artist (etc.) that you like about the artwork? What emotions does it stir inside of you? […]
Due Monday 12/11/17 for 8B Due Tuesday 12/12/17 for 8R and 7D Due Friday 12/15/17 for 7W Go to the Art Institute of Chicago’s website and select a piece of artwork that you like. Analyze the piece and tell me why you like it. What is it about the subject, color, artist (etc.) that you […]
Larry the line, the very real snake, came to visit us today! We learned how he can make vertical, diagonal, horizontal, curvy, zigzag, and spiral lines with his body! The kids loved it. Then we practiced our lines on paper with oil pastels and water colored them. Can you see all of our types of […]
Shape is a circle; a golf ball has form. In this case, Christmas bulbs! We experimented with watercolors to give our ornaments form with darker shades and highlights. Super adorable!
Today we learned about pop artists making art from popular things…and also about an artist who made things MUCH larger than life. And so, we are making paper mache BIG food! Here is the beginning… The only rule I have is that if you find a “funnies” page, you must give it to me so […]
Here’s what happens when you try to document 8th grade working on a project. It’s a bit different than the littles.
So we are learning about sculptures in PreK right now and first we made our own fun sculptures! But then I thought we should try BEING sculptures. Check it out!
The great Hoosier artist Robert Indiana painted his iconic Love (shown at the bottom) and we made our own four-letter artwork in his style. It was tricky to think about negative space, but we figured it out eventually! Can you figure out what these kids are saying about themselves? Obviously, I have successfully made my […]
We read The Color of Us and learned that we could make our skin tones in any shade of brown just by mixing different amounts of red, black, white and yellow. Crazy, right?! So we tried it out!
We studied Grant Wood’s American Gothic and then created our own modern versions. We used pairs that we recognized from our lives. They had to be in front of a background that was relevant to the pair and one of them had to be holding something. Also, I’m a stickler for excellent coloring and they […]
We just finished some origami and radial patterns within some mosaic inspiration, and now we are turning to our own initials or name to make a snowflake sort of radial name design. Students had to fold a square sheet of paper in a way to create several triangles. Then they wrote their design on one […]
This is some serious concentration…
Up and on the walls to see!
We learned all about Jackson Pollock and how he painted “not to represent his emotion, but how he was feeling.” And then we got super messy and painted with string. This is just the first step for a few weeks. I can’t wait to show you the final product!
We learned about gargoyles and rose windows lately…and made our own scary monsters to ward away bad guys.
These were the most adorable pinch pots ever!
We learned about Alexander Calder and how he invented the mobile. (I even asked them if they remembered the mobile over their cribs! Some said yes! It was adorable!) The students had to bring in 5 objects from home, preferably recycled materials, to put into their mobile. The. They had to test the balance. These […]
In 2nd grade you learn about immigration and Ellis Island, so this was the perfect tie to drawing Lady Liberty. The students had to mix their own patina colored paint for her coloring, after drawing her freehand. Then we busted out the glitter glue (always a hit) and made some fireworks! We used words that […]
We learned about Alexander Calder and his stabiles, then made our own. It was fun to see the kids try to balance everything out!
We are doing origami in 6th grade right now. Our good friend Mrs. Hill spends most of her time in PreK, but when she heard we were doing origami she reminded me that she lived there and would be happy to share information about Japan. It was a wonderful visit! Did you know you can […]
Fairytale week is coming up and we are celebrating a bit early by drawing our own kingdoms. Complete with castles, dragons and moats, the kids filled their papers with imagination. We used some color sticks to color them…not quite crayons, not quite colored pencils. Student: “Mrs. Dimino, why are you taking pictures?” Me: “Well, don’t […]
We did oil pastel and watercolor resist to create these spooky jack-o-lanterns!
The 1st grade did a great job on making their pinch pots into apples. And 1 Ha made oil pastel apples on plates. It’s fall, y’all!
We read The Dot and focused our attention on how the subject “made a dot by NOT making a dot” and used a super special tool (big fat pencil, eraser end dipped in paint) to make our negative space dots.
Before we started drawing our self portraits, we laid them out with our objects. The results were fantastic! (Wait till you see the drawings! You’ll have to wait till the open house in January!)
5th graders are doing some research for their drawing project. We are drawing “pairs” like Grant Wood’s American Gothic. The kids are being SUPER creative! This year we have access to a cart of laptops and it is wonderful!
Our sewing skills are being put to the test! I can’t wait to share the results with you! Stay tuned!
And sometimes free time in the art room leads to this…courtesy of 4T…
This summer I organized a library in the art room for students. If we are wrapping up a project with some students finished and others still working, it gives them a chance to work on their reading skills in the art room. Most books are related to art somehow: about an artist, illustrations, or just […]
After we finished our gargoyles (finished images yet to come!) we also learned about the rose windows in the churches near the gargoyles. We are using chalk pastels and paper cutting to make ours. Quite messy, but fun!
We are trying our hands at origami right now. It’s a bit trickier than we thought, but the end results with radial symmetry will be fantastic!
Ok! There are going to be a lot of pictures for Pre-K this year. When I was at the “teacher store” this summer I found a book from a million years about about found objects and little ones using them for art. It was on clearance and I thought it could be something to try. […]
We made some stabiles + mobiles in the style of Alexander Calder. We learned how Calder used primary colors, loved movement and was the inventor of the modern mobile!
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Due dates are listed below. All students in middle school may take their work home to complete. Please note that late work results in -10 points for each part of the assignment and a notice of concern.
Our 4th graders practiced all types of lines on their recent project. When hung together, they look amazing!
The 2nd graders are wrapping up their Van Gogh still life collages for our annual fundraiser. Aren’t they beautiful?!
Modeled after George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog, the 5th graders have made their own version via paper collage. These are just adorable! Look! It’s Figment!!!!
4th graders are learning all about lines in their newest project! Stay tuned for the final results!
The 5th graders did a brand new project this year. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but they were great sports and said I should teach it again next year. We drew contour lines (like coloring book lines) of organic shapes (we happened to be studying leaves at the time) and covered […]
This is what happens when you don’t monitor where the 5th graders are putting their extra clay.
The 7th graders learned about the repetitive tiles of Islamic art. MC Escher was very influenced by the artwork related to the tiles. This was a great tie to our previous lesson of MC Escher tessellations. They made their tiles out of clay and added details to each square in the tile. They used a […]
Back in the fall, the 1st graders had a week of fairy tales! They even dressed up as fairy tale characters and did a parade through the school. In art that week, we talked about the purpose, construction and layouts of castles. Then we made our own! After the castle drawings were finished, the kids […]
It’s that time of year! Scarecrows are hanging out with us! The kids are learning all about sewing and organizing. Such cute little friends they are making!
Paper folding in all its glory…and an attempt at radial symmetry. We got a little excited at how all of our patterns were ending up and radial symmetry went by the wayside. However, look how gorgeous these are!!!
We’re starting by studying Jackson Pollock and the types of paintings he made. Yes, we are crazy…we painted with yarn. Yes, it was messy. Yes, THEY LOVED IT! More to come as our project progresses…
Apples! Apples! And MORE Apples! We did a clay project and learned how to make pinch pot apples and we did a drawing project where we learned how to draw apples using oil pastels. The kiddos did a great job shaping their apples. Clay isn’t easy when you’ve only gotten to manipulate it a few […]
All of the adorable Pre-K kiddos learned about how Henri Matisse cut paper shapes and made collages out of them. Together all the students cut a shape and glued it on one big sheet. It was a great time to practice their cutting, gluing, and waiting-my-turn skills! They did great!
These creepy, yet adorable, dudes are hanging out with us in the art room!
We studied the Canadian artist Lauren Harris and his use of value in paintings. His simplified, yet spectacular paintings use value in the heart of the subject. Students drew their own landscape and selected their colors for their paintings. They added white to create various shades of their colors.
We read The Dot in celebration of Dot Day and then went off to make our own. The students were given black and white paper, scissors and glue. They could trace circles or make their own. The assignment was to make abstract art and create nothing traditionally recognizable by us. We then put them all […]
White paper and a black sharpie. That’s all the kids were given with the directions “use dots and circles” and these beautiful pieces of abstract art is what resulted. We made them in class and then put them all together on the floor and talked about what the kids found “easy” and what they found […]
The 8th graders were given the assignment to write down 50 random things. I encouraged them that the items should apply to themselves. Then they had to draw all of their items on a stand sheet of paper. As they drew they kept in mind the elements of art: line, shape, color, form, space, texture […]
I started a google classroom! Woot! If you showed interest last week then you got an e-mail/invitation to join the classroom. We’ll meet again this coming Wednesday right after school until 4pm. Please submit 3-5 images that you have taken that you would like to share with our group. We’ll chat more on Wednesday!
So the story was a little young for us, but the artwork in this book is beautiful! We used chalk pastels to make the background then added construction paper crayons on top for the designs and details. Students were encouraged to add details in the background and all of the feathers.
The Dot, written by Peter Reynolds, is a wonderful book about a little girl who says she can’t draw. When challenged by her art teacher, she becomes inspired by dots, dots and more dots. We took her inspiration and made some dots of our own! Kindergarten used VERY SPECIAL paper to make their dots. They […]
The kids learned that sculptures are pieces of artwork that we can see from ALL sides. We looked at the I Love South Bend piece that is in downtown South Bend and then created our own sculptures with strips of paper and a cardboard. The kids LOVED it!
The 5th graders have been studying the work of George Rodrigue and his Blue Dog (Tiffany). He loved the shape of his studio poochie and used her shape as inspiration for a series of paintings. He painted the dog shape in the moonlight and gave it a blue tint because of the color of the […]
Our first meeting of the year is this Wednesday September 14th right after school for about 20 minutes. This is an informational meeting in the art room to see who is truly interested. Students in middle school will be expected to meet twice a month to learn about photography. We will photograph (smart phone camera […]
6P Tinted Landscapes: Sept 19th 6E Tinted Landscapes: Sept 15th 7D MC Escher Due: Sept 20th 7G MC Escher Due: Sept 22nd 8R 50 Objects Due: Sept 27th 8B 50 Objects Due: Oct 3rd ***Late assignments will be -10 points automatically*** MONDAY Sept 19th is a working lunch. Middle school students may join me in […]
An art teacher’s wish list… Colored sharpie markers (not black) – pretty please with a cherry on top!!! Gift cards to get pictures printed – preferably to Walgreens, but any place will do Oversize paper – any size, any quantity, any color – rolls or individual sheets Cotton fabric, any colors Buttons of all shapes […]
Visit the South Bend Museum of Art for FREE Family Days and make a project to go along with your visit! Information on their website: http://www.southbendart.org/education/families
4th grade studied the movement in Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Then we used watercolors for the background and drew a scene familiar to us. Some of us made our homes and some used our imaginations to create a new location. Then the fun part! We used a *VERY EXPENSIVE TOOL* to make our stars! See […]
1st grade learned about the artist Grant Wood and how much he loved growing up (even for just a short time) on his family’s farm. He loved it so much that much of his artwork was about farm life. Students made their own farm. We talked about what kind of crops we might find on […]
Kandinsky loved to study colors. The kindergarten students made a color study (like the big kids study for math, but usually a little more fun) and drew concentric circles inside of squares. (Well, to be fair, they traced what was drawn.) However, they chose what crayon color and made sure to go allllllll the wayyyy […]
7th graders are studying MC Esher and his study and creation of tessellations. Esher was fascinated with the tiles repeating and could not get his vision out of his head until he studied in temples. He loved examining the repeated tiles and began creating his own! Tessellations begin… Sketching is next… Finished at last!
Supplies used: This year’s FIRST project is up! 2nd grade did a wonderful job creating circles with radial symmetry. Then they cut them apart, glued them into corners of a square and put them all together to show how several like shapes can create unity. They did a GREAT JOB!