Grade 1 artists have been working hard planning for their final paintings. They have designed a background based on an animal’s habitat that they were interested in. They are currently completing their painted backgrounds with various lines, shapes, and textures. The students are excited to start drawing their chosen animals!
Grade 1 students have finished their clay unit and their beautiful work inspired by three different cultural art forms can now be seen on display outside of the art rooms!
After celebrating their achievements and reflecting on their clay work, Grade 1 artists have now started their third art unit of the year under the theme of Where We Are in Place and Time. They are exploring the central idea of “understanding others inspires us.” In order to start gaining inspiration for a new project, the students have been investigating paintings by Henri Rousseau while learning about his life and interests as a painter.
After discussing his use of color and his interest in plants, animals, and jungles the students have started brainstorming for their own painting. They have chosen an animal they are interested in and the habitat where their animal lives. This week they are designing abstract backgrounds based on their chosen animals habitat with watercolor and oil pastels.
Grade 1 students have been investigating 3 types of cultural arts while practicing 3 different clay skills. They have learned how to make a pinch pot while being inspired by Oaxacan Animals, they practiced creating different types of coils to create a pot or vase inspired by Chinese Porcelain and they have just finished up creating African inspired masks while rolling slabs out of clay.
Now that their clay projects are complete and have come out of the kiln, they are ready to be colored with glaze! Grade 1 students are practicing finding their correct colors on the glaze chart and adding glaze to their final creations. Make sure to keep checking the blog to see how amazing their final works will be once their glazing is complete!
Grade 1 students have started experimenting with their last clay skill by learning how to create clay slabs using rolling pins and other clay tools.
To gather inspiration for a slab project, the students learned about African masks and discussed the similarities and differences found in different mask designs.
Grade 1 artists designed their own African inspired mask in their sketchbook. They used these drawings to work from when creating with clay. Next week the students will begin glazing to add color and pattern to their collection of culturally inspired clay projects!
This week in art class Grade 1 artists learned how to use the clay coil technique in order to make their very own coil pot. They practiced different styles of coil making including spirals, twists, and braids.
The students also looked at a variety of different shapes and patterns found in Chinese porcelain for even more inspiration.
They had a great time adding details to their coil pots in art class. Each one has a unique shape!
The students have one more clay technique to learn and create with before they start learning how to use glaze to add color to their amazing projects!
Grade 1 students have been busy practicing three new clay skills in art class while learning about art from other cultures.
The first culture Grade 1 artists have investigated was folk art from Oaxaca, Mexico. These imaginary creatures known as Oaxacan Animals or Alebrijes, are carved from wood and painted with beautiful colors and patterns. They were inspired by these colorful designs and recent conservation efforts in Oaxaca to protect turtles. Focusing on our first clay skill of creating pinch pots, each student created their own Oaxacan inspired turtle.
Grade 1 students have recently completed their first unit in art. The learned about the 7 art elements and did a fantastic job combining those elements into a final mobile design. Their standing and hanging mobiles can be seen on display near the art room gallery hallway.
This week, Grade 1 students began investigating their second art unit of the year under the theme of How The World Works. The central idea we will be focusing on together is how cultures manipulate the natural world. The material we will be exploring is clay, which everyone was very excited about this week. Grade 1 students practiced setting up for clay and began exploring 3 clay skills and techniques that we will be using throughout this unit.
Grade 1 artists have been working very hard combining their new knowledge of the seven art elements into a final standing or hanging mobile inspired by the artist Alexander Calder.
They organized their thinking by choosing their design and selecting how they would use each art element within their final mobile.