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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Land Art: Planning Stage

This week first and second graders were introduced to a new type of art:
Land Art!

After looking at some artwork by famous Land Artist, Andy Goldsworthy, students determined that Land Art is artwork created outdoors using only natural materials which were found in the environment where the work was created. 

In small groups, the children were challenged to come up with a plan to create their own Land Art. These plans included a sketch, materials list, and steps to create their piece of artwork. Here are two second grade students describing their plan.


Stay tuned in because next week we will head outside to put our plans into action!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fourth Grade Shoe Project at RES

Fourth graders are making a lot of progress on their shoes. They have all created a design and are now in the process of coloring on their two pairs of shoes. One pair will be to keep and wear proudly and the twin pair will be donated to a child in Zambia.










Monday, March 20, 2017

Circular Weaving


Third and fourth graders are working hard on their circular weaving projects. They began with a boring white paper plate and then transformed the ordinary into these extraordinary pieces of art!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Coil Pot Mini Exhibits

Over the last few days, third and fourth graders have been presenting their artwork to one and other by creating exhibits showcasing their coil pots. Their creativity and teamwork in setting up these exhibits was amazing. Furthermore, the positive and descriptive feedback they were able to provide their peers was excellent!

Ever wondered what a super speedy art exhibit set up looks like.....?









Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tea with the Queen at Richmond Elementary


Kindergartners at Richmond Elementary had tea with The Queen today--our very own Mrs. Layton! Students sipped delicious tea from teacups that had created in art using the pinch pot technique. While enjoying their tea, the children illustrated on their "plate" what foods they wished we were enjoying along with our tea. 

 During this unit, the children learned all about clay: what it is, where it comes from, the process of creating with clay, AND what things we see in our day to day lives that are made from clay. Our tea party today carried a meaningful lesson for my students as well: your artwork work is real and useful too! 



   
 
  

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Art Museum Walk: Pinch Pots

Today, Mrs. Riggs' class and Ms. Purvee's class had the chance to create their own art shows. As table groups, the children worked together cooperatively to arrange their pinch pots into an exhibit. Then, the tables rotated and viewed one and other's work leaving compliments for their peers. Presenting artwork is an important piece of the new National Core Arts Standards, so it was exciting to give the children an opportunity to take charge of the presentation of their works.

We had brainstormed at circle what a museum visit might look like and sound like (relatively quiet, calm bodies, no touching the artwork) and then applied this knowledge to make our "museum" realistic. It was fabulous to see the children so incredibly engaged in looking at and responding to the artwork of their peers. Furthermore, reflecting upon and looking at art is an important part of being an artist!













Monday, December 5, 2016

Mindful Mandalas

First and second grade students have just started creating Mindful Mandalas today. With this time of year being so busy, I find it the perfect opportunity to teach mindfulness through art. At circle, we learned about both mandalas and mindfulness. Then, students went to work focusing solely on their task at hand: creating a mandala. The atmosphere was incredibly peaceful. Students worked by candlelight (electric, of course) with soothing music playing softly in the background. 

At the end of class, we reflected upon what doing art mindfully felt like. Many children commented that they felt calm and happy. Several students noticed that their minds tended to wander. A handful of children were really impressed with what they could accomplish when wholly focused. We will continue our mindfulness practice and mandala creation through the next few weeks.