Sunday, September 8, 2019

September 9th - 13th, 2019

*NEW* Meet me on Instagram @mrsmillersartroom where I will be posting photos of works-in-progress of our students' artworks! You can also check them out on the gray sidebar to the right on this Blog! Have a great week!

Kindergarten

Our "Dots" have all been sprayed with water and we heard lots of "Ooos and Aaaaahhss" as we watched the colors blending with one another. Our "Dots" are going to be set aside for a bit and will come back again very soon! We are now learning about all types of lines; laying down lines (horizontal), standing up lines (vertical), along with dotted lines, zigzag lines and so many more. We are finishing our line paintings and will be using the primary colors to fill in the empty spaces. 

1st Grade


This week we finish up our Jasper Johns inspired name artworks. Students will also be introduced to the work on Joan Miro. We will observe how Miro's artwork changes as becomes more simplified and full of shapes and symbols as he matures and ages, developing his own artistic style. We looked at an artwork he made when he was 14 and one that he painted when he was 75 yrs old! Quite different! Students then began looking closer at Miro's later works of art and began drawing like Miro while other students finished up their Jasper Johns name artworks. We will be using tissue paper and water to make our Miro-esque backgrounds this week.

2nd grade

We have arrived at the prehistoric caves in Lascaux, France! We are learning that throughout time and across cultures people have used art to communicate, even the early cave men and women. THIS WEEK... we learned how the primary colors mix to make brown by mixing up our very own brown cave paint. Then, We traced our cave drawings with a black oil pastel and painted our cave animals with our brown paint! 

3rd grade

Now that our textured Warm & Cool color painted papers have dried we are ready to turn them into FISH! We will be looking at the work of contemporary artist Karla Gerard, specifically an artwork that features fish! Students will be cutting out a large fish shape from white paper, and using their painted papers, draw and cut out fish heads and tails. 

4th grade
Students continue to look at how artists have chose to paint the LANDSCAPE as their subject matter. We will look at both traditional and nontraditional examples. Students continue to work on their watercolor landscape studies. We will then look closer at Grant Wood's landscape farm paintings and how he created the illusion of depth in his paintings. We will begin to draw out our own much larger landscapes before we paint them!


5th grade

Last week we began using the primary colors to paint the spaces created after drawing out their abstract name designs. Students also used the primary colors to mix and paint with secondary colors to finish their first 5th grade works of art! THIS WEEK... we start a value painting that serve as the background for our next mixed-media work of art. 

6th grade

Students continue working on their Graffiti names and will be adding them to our 6th grade Graffiti "wall". Pictures to come! Students who finish early will be working on a sneak preview activity for our next project. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

September 3rd - 6th, 2019


Kindergarten

This week Kindergarten students will finish coloring in their "Dot" and then they will watch their colors blend together after it gets sprayed with water! Next, Kinders will begin their unit on Line, which is introduced with the book Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman. We will learn about laying down lines (horizontal), standing up lines (vertical), along with dotted lines, zigzag lines and so many more. We will practice drawing and painting all these in class!

1st Grade

Students looked at the work of Jasper Johns and noticed how he like to use the Alphabet and numbers in his works of art. Students were given a piece of paper folded into 16 spaces. Student used the letters of their name to fill in each space. We then traced the letters with black oil pastels. THIS WEEK... we will add lines with the rainbow of oil pastels and will use paint to add color to each of the 16 spaces, first with the primary colors, and then we will mix colors to make the secondary colors.

2nd grade


We travel to the prehistoric caves in Lascaux, France! We are learning that throughout time and across cultures people have used art to communicate, even the early cave men and women. We will learn how the caves in Lascaux, France were discovered by a couple of teenagers and we will then draw our own cave animal! 

3rd grade

This week we will be creating painted papers for a future art project that is yet to be revealed! Students will be using textured sponge rollers to create warm color (red, orange, and yellow) and cool color (blue, purple, and green) painted papers. We are focusing on creating papers full of visual texture by using the sponge rollers to mix colors. 


4th grade

Many artist have used the LANDSCAPE as the subject matter of their paintings. This week students will look at how some artists have used the landscape in their works of art. The artists we will be looking at include Grant Wood, Monet, Wayne Thiebaud, and Courtney Cerruti. Each artist paints the Landscape in their own style but ALL include the 3 main parts; the foreground, middle ground and background. We will even take advantage of our great outside view and pick out the parts of landscape from just outside of the art room. Students will use watercolors to create two landscape experiments before we begin a larger project! 

5th grade

Students used their names to create an abstract name drawing after breaking up their 9x12 paper into 3 sections with 2 simple wavy lines. Students used their first and last name to fill-in the sections making sure the letter of their names touched the top of the paper and line. Sharpie markers were used to trace their names and separating lines, focusing on creating a variety of line widths. THIS WEEK... students will use the primary paints to color in the spaces created from the letters of their name. They will use the primary colors to also make the secondary colors. 

6th grade

Students will be making a graffiti style name after looking many examples of artists who started out as graffiti artists. We learned a little about the artists Banksy, Keith Haring and Seen. We learned that graffiti is illegal but some artists became popular because of their start as a graffiti artists. Students will be making graffiti versions of their name and putting them on a "brick" wall when completed. THIS WEEK... we continue drawing our graffiti names and will be adding outlines and shadows with a Sharpie and neon colored pencils to really make them POP!

Monday, August 26, 2019

First Days of Art!

August 26th - 30th, 2019

Students have been getting to know me and I'm doing my best to get to know all of them! We are starting off the year by some simple getting to know you art projects.

Kindergarten

Students learned about Vashti and her first days of Art Class. They were read "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds. We began creating our own dots by coloring coffee filters circles with markers. Next class we will finish coloring in our "dots" and spray them with water to watch the colors blend!

1st Grade

Students looked at the work of Jasper Johns and noticed how he like to use the Alphabet and numbers in his works of art. Students were given a piece of paper folded into 16 spaces. Student used the letters of their name to fill in each space. We then traced the letters with black oil pastels and will be painting the empty spaces with bright, vibrant colors.


2nd, 3rd and 4th grades


Students in these grades are ALL creating a Getting to Know Line Design sheet. Different lines are paired with "I like..." or I am...." statements. Students are drawing their lines on large popsicle or craft sticks that will be put together to make a much larger collaborative artwork! Stay tuned.


5th grade

Students used their names to create an abstract name drawing after breaking up their 9x12 paper into 3 sections with 2 simple wavy lines. Students used their first and last name to fill-in the sections making sure the letter of their names touched the top of the paper and line. Sharpie markers were used to trace their names and separating lines, focusing on creating a variety of line widths. Oil pastel designs and watercolor paints will be used to finish off these abstract artworks.

6th grade

Students will be making a graffiti style name after looking many examples of artists who started out as graffiti artists. We learned a little about the artists Banksy, Keith Haring and Seen. We learned that graffiti is illegal but some artists became popular because of their start as a graffiti artists. Students will be making graffiti versions of their name and putting them on a "brick" wall when completed.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Welcome Back Artists!

I am very excited to be your new art teacher this year! As I spend the first few weeks getting to know all of my new students you can read a bit about me on the right side of the page. Please come back each week to see what's been happening In the Art Room!