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Grade 1 art + grade 1 math = Paul Klee buildings!

The art style of Paul Klee is perfect for first graders.  He painted in a flat, abstract style using bright colors and flat shapes.  His famous quote, "a line is a dot that went for a walk," can be built upon when talking about shapes--isn't a shape just a line that met itself back where it began?
We identified flat or 2-d shapes in his work depicting buildings and villages, looked at photos of a few famous buildings to find similar shapes, and then worked with a partner using wooden blocks to build structures made from 3-d shapes.  Some of these buildings are shown in the images below--so engaging for first grade artists! 

One of Paul Klee's paintings can be seen on the smart board in the photo above, and you can see more of his work at

Then we got down to the business of drawing our structures...lots of connections to grade 1 math common core standards for geometry(see them at…

Plaster figure sculptures inspired by Keith Haring

Guest bloggers: Roman and Danny 

Step.1 First we got one roll of tinfoil. Then we rolled it up into a stick. We bent it like an upside down v. Then we twisted the rest of the tinfoil to make the body. And then we twisted the top of the tinfoil to make the head. Last we got another piece of tinfoil, twisted it into a stick and wrapped it around the body to make two arms.
    Step.2. After shaping the body we covered the base/board with plaster. We covered the top because we did not want it to stick to the ground. After covering the board we started to cover the whole figure. We made sure to cover all of the tinfoil or else it could fall apart.

Step.3 The third step includes painting our sculptures so that no white is to be seen. But some students are going to add on patterns to their sculptures.

     I liked this art project because it was fun getting to paint and pick colors to put on. Also putting on plaster was fun because it got messy.

Maskmaking, day 1

Guest bloggers:  Jada and Robert 

 Today in art class, we started making our masks, which is the project we all look forward to!  In fourth grade, we start to use plaster for the first time, so this year the material wasn't new to us. 

We made sure to put two layers of plaster on our masks and smooth it out.  One thing we had to make sure of when plastering was to overlap the pieces of plaster.  We also had the choice to cover the eyes and mouth or keep them open.  Next week, the mask will be off the plastic mold so we can add more detail. 

Of course, we had a lot of ideas for our masks but in the end, I am going to do a Leprechaun mask (Robert) and a cherry blossom tree mask (Jada)--all of the other kids have very interesting ideas for their masks too!  Throughout art class, everyone was explaining and sharing their ideas to their classmates which made it easier to come up with an idea for our masks.

Stay tuned for more mask making!

A Whole Lotta Art Going On!

We have tons of amazing projects happening in the art room right now, so here are a few highlights!
Grade 1 Woven Painted Kente Cloth
We used Kente cloth from Ghana and talked about patterns in math and art in this lesson.  Over-under-over-under is a pattern we talked about while weaving, and students were able to devise a pattern for their border.  These students both used a pattern of vertical and horizontal placement of strips, while others chose "vertical, plus sign, vertical, plus sign" or "equal sign, plus sign" or other math symbols made with their painted strips. The students were making patterns and math connections, awesome job!

Welcome To The Jungle...part 2!
After mixing all of our secondary colors, it was time to start putting together our painted paper jungle collages, inspired by the work of Henri Rousseau.  See more of his work at this National Gallery of Art link,  
Multiple shades of green make the students' j…