Monday, April 22, 2013

100 Followers and counting...Yay!

 To celebrate my reaching one hundred followers I've decided to list 100 popular artists that are taught in elementary art.   Here they are in no particular order: 

Antoni Gaudi                      
Keith Haring                      
 Henri Matisse                   
 Andy Goldsworthy                         
 Gustav Klimt
Laurel Birch                                          
 Pablo Picasso                      
Franz Mark    
Christo & Jean Claude                                    
Amadeo Modigliani    
 Wayne Thiebaud    
 Romare Bearden                               
 Jeff Koons                            
Wassily Kandinsky                          Grant Wood
Thomas Cole                                                    
 Jackson Pollock                 
 Milton Avery                                      
Jasper Johns                                             
 Joan Miro    
Rene Magritte                                   
Mary Cassatt                                          
Jean Debuffet  
Edgar Degas
Edvard Munch
Eduard Manet
Henri de Toulouse Lauturec
James Rizzi
Berthe Morisot   
Diego Rivera                                                 
 Auguste Rodin                  
 Rembrandt Von Rijn                       
Louis Comfort Tiffany    
Rosina Watchmeister
Charles Demuth
Leo Sewell
Wolfe Kahn
Kimmy Cantrell
George Rodrique

Dr. Seuss
Alberto Giacometti
Henry Moore
Frank Gehry
Chuck Close
Takashi Murakami
Lois Malliou Jones
Romare Bearden
Carly Hardy
Charley Harper     

Jon Scieszka
Karla Gerard
T.R. Makc
Grandma Moses                 
 Franz Marc                           
Georges Braque                                                
Victor Vasarely
Yayoi Kusama                                    
Robert Rauschenburg   
 I.M. Pei (architect)                          

 Keith Haring
Gustav Klimt
George Braque
Katsushika Hokusai
Andy Warhol
Roy Lichtenstein
Dale Chihuly
Aaron Douglas
Faith Ringgold
Piet Mondrian

Henri Rousseau
Audrey flack
Frank Stella
Salvador Dalu
Paul Cezanne
Jasper Johns
Vincent van Gogh
Do Ho Su
Louise Nevelson
Romero Britto

Peter Max        
Yayoi Kusama
Fred Babb
Rube Goldberg
Giuseppe Arcimboldo  
Robert Delaunay
Georgia O'Keeffe
Jacob Lawrence
Janet Fish
Natasha Westcoat

Georges Seurat
Andre Derain
Leonardo Da Vinci
Kara Walker
Judy Chicago
David Wiesner
Josef Albers
Diego Rivera  
Claude Monet      

Do you have any other artists you particularly like to teach in your classroom?  If so post them below! 


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

5th grade Amate Bark Painting

Last year the other art teacher in our school did this lesson with a 3rd grade class using neon paint.  After the lesson was complete I noticed that a lot of the details got lost because of how small the students drew their designs.  The paint just wasn't the appropriate medium for such tiny detailed images and so this year I decided to bump the project up to 5th grade and and instead of paint use neon chalk pastels.

  I gave each table a reference packet of sheets with birds, various flora, lizards, and designs to use as inspiration.  Students tore the edges of the paper to give it a hand-made look and then drew compositions based on a few images I showed them in a Powerpoint.  They then outlined their drawing in Sharpie and then colored everything in.  I gave them Q-tips to blend the tiny areas of their paper and warned them of over-blending the chalks (making the color dull).  Overall they did a great job and there is just something very striking about neon colors on brown paper mounted on black.  These are pretty large too, about 14x18" so they are quite striking!

Monday, April 15, 2013

I got a rug!

3  years in the making...I've finally gotten my rug.  I've been asking for a while and everyone I mention the idea to has said "a rug in the art room? No would get destroyed in a week!" Well it's been 9 school days and still no sign of destruction, lol.  However, it is next to the sinks so I do keep a hawks eye on my kids when they wash their hands.  Finally no more saying "okay everyone move in and move up, we're too spread out."  Now I just say "everyone, sit in a square" and voila, a neatly arranged class! Ah, its the little things that mean the most!! :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

2nd Grade Chalk Pastel Landscapes

Who doesn't love a good glue and chalk pastel project now and again? This ones an oldie but goodie...Simply use glue to 'draw' the landscap or object of your choosing, let dry, and fill in with the chalks!  As my students would say, "easy peasy lemon squeezy", and the results almost always look great.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

1st grade Starry Nights


 I created this lesson on the fly, class by class deciding the change things up a little as I went.  Overall the lesson was focused on line, texture, and shape.  I had a few classes create the background (sky) on black paper with chalk pastels and glitter and then I changed it up and had the remaining classes work on white paper with oil pastels and water color resit.  I like the white paper resist better you see the variety of lines better and the is more vibrant than the chalks.  Under the sky, I  took a period and had students use bubble wrap and paint scrapers to create various textures in the same blues, greens, and purples.  The following period the kids used that paper to create different buildings.  For last details students used neon paint over the top half to create different kinds of lines and then markers to add details like windows, roofs, sidewalks, and trees to their buildings.

Monday, April 8, 2013

My 3rd graders are such a SCREAM!

Evdard Munch is not necessarily the most appropriate artist to study for elementary art students, but his series of 'Screams' is an instantly recognizable and hugely famous work of art.  In terms of the artist himself, I teach my kids some facts about his life and how Expressionism is a style of art that emphasizes color as a way to show the artists feelings as opposed to simply copying colors observed from real life.  I have included the PowerPoint I used for the project below:


Overall, I LOVED this project...Out of all the projects I've taught over 5 years, this is definitely one of my favorites.  What was great about this project was that everyone came out with great results. Because the painting could be abstract and slightly 'messy', the end results were great no matter how neatly or precise each student painted.  My students that tend to rush through their projects or who don't necessarily pay attention to details in their work even had great result.  One of the most effective aspects of the project was the last step which constituted layering some oil pastels on top of the paint which really helped to emphasize line and movement within the work. Also, the photo's of the silly student faces really added humor and interest to the artworks. Here are a few of the finished pieces: