Friday, October 20, 2017

October 2017 Art Awards

The artworks that were selected to be on display for this month are shown below. So many beautiful things are happening in art class this time of year, that it's getting hard to pick!


1st Grade:

2nd Grade:

3rd Grade:

4th Grade:

5th Grade:

6th Grade:

October Famous Artist of the Month: Norman Rockwell

This month, I am featuring a much loved artist, Norman Rockwell! The students have been intrigued to learn about his career as a magazine illustrator. Even though most magazines today feature photography, not paintings, magazine design (with a graphic arts degree) is still a popular career!

Whenever art class ends a few minutes early, being able to discuss the art on my bulletin board has been a great way to use time effectively. I've also been able to knock off many state standards about looking at and understanding art with this bulletin board!

The text on my bulletin board reads as follows:

Norman Rockwell
Born: February 3, 1894
Died: November 8, 1978
Nationality: U.S.A.
Art style: Illustrations of American Culture

Norman Rockwell was born in New York City. At age 14, he transferred from high school to Chase Art School. He later attended the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League.

After completing his education, Rockwell got a job illustrating for Boys’ Life magazine, a publication of the Boy Scouts of America. For $50 a month, he had to design a cover illustration, and a set of story illustrations.

Rockwell later gained fame illustrating the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. His illustrations were whimsical interpretations of American life.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

5th Grade Henri Rousseau Inspired Art

My 5th grade students recently learned about French artist Henri Rousseau, who never left France his whole life. Despite never seeing the jungle in real life, he created many convincing portrayals of the jungle! Rousseau is considered a self-taught artist.

The students learned 5 ways that Henri Rousseau got his ideas for his jungle art:
1) Illustrations in children's story books
2) Seeing jungle plants at the botanical gardens in Paris
3) Seeing tableau of taxidermy animals from the jungle
4) Hearing stories and vivid descriptions of the jungle from the men who had been on the French expedition to Mexico (Rousseau met these men while serving in the army for 4 years after high school)
5) His vivid imagination

I then asked the students what resources they had to see jungle ideas, despite not having been there either. They quickly realized that they could use their school iPads to see all sorts of jungle scenes! I encouraged them to use mostly their imagination for their artwork, and only use the iPad as a resource when trying to figure out what color a leopard's eyes are, or what shape a parrot's beak is, for example.

Here are some finished pieces by 5th grade students:

Friday, October 6, 2017

5th Grade Lighthouse Paintings

For about 5 years, I have been doing a lighthouse lesson with my 4th grade students. I decided to move this lesson to my 5th grade curriculum, so I skipped lighthouses with 4th grade last year, and did them this year with 5th grade. We had some great results!

I began the lesson with a discussion on landscapes and seascapes by Winslow Homer. Then, the students learned that they would make a picture that was part seascape, and part landscape. I asked if they could think of a beautiful building that is always found at the edge of the land, near the water. Then, I had many small photographs for them to look at for ideas while drawing their light house.

For the sky, the students had many choices, but the most popular choice was to use watercolor pencils to make a sunset. They were also able to use watercolor paints, or crayons or colored pencils.

Monday, October 2, 2017

September Famous Artist of the Month: Claude Monet

Claude Monet was featured on my bulletin board last month! I just took him down today. All of the photos were from a calendar; I need to find more old art calendars!

The text under the photo reads:

Claude Monet
Born: November 14, 1849
Died: December 5, 1926
Nationality: France
Art style: Impressionism

Claude Monet enjoyed drawing even as a child. He first made money by drawing caricatures (cartoon-style pictures of people).

Claude Monet was 11 when he enrolled in an art school. His mother was happy that he wanted to be an artist, but his father was sad, because he wanted Claude to take over the family grocery store.

Claude Monet was one of the first artists to paint from life outside. He would take his paints with him to parks, gardens, and ponds. He would paint what he saw in front of him.

Claude Monet’s style of art is called Impressionism because he would paint a quick impression of a moment in time. He painted quickly before the scene in front of him changed.

Monday, September 11, 2017

August 2017 Art Awards

This school year is flying by so far! A week and a half ago, I already picked "Artist of the Month" awards for August. Here are the pieces on display until the end of this month!


1st Grade:

2nd Grade:

3rd Grade:

4th Grade:

5th Grade:

6th Grade:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August Famous Artist of the Month: Grandma Moses

This year, I am starting something new; I am going to hang a bulletin board about a famous artist every month! To start things off, I am featuring Grandma Moses. This way, all the students in the whole school will get exposed to an artist in addition to whoever they are learning about in class.

At ISTA's good teaching conference last spring, there was a workshop on hallway learning. Students can learn a lot by reading and looking at things on the school walls! I plan to verbally pop quiz the students on the famous artist of the month, and reward good good hallway learners with small candies. This week, the students will be caught by surprise when I ask, "does anyone know how old Grandma Moses was when she began painting?" and toss someone a tootsie roll or jolly rancher if they know the answer. By next week, they will probably all memorize my bulletin board, in hopes of earning a treat!

The text on my bulletin board reads as follows:
Grandma Moses

Born: September 7, 1860
Died: December 13, 1961
Nationality: United States
Art style: American Folk Art

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, who is known simply as “Grandma Moses” did not start to paint in earnest until she was 78 years old! She continued to create art until her death at age 101.

Grandma Moses had worked as a farm hand beginning at age 12. At age 27, she married a hired man who worked on the same farm. They had 10 children, 5 of whom survived infancy. In addition to working on farms with her husband, Grandma Moses supplemented the family income by making potato chips and by churning butter from her cow.

Folk art is typically created in cultural isolation by untrained artists. Folk artists create scenes reminiscent of things they see every day.

Grandma Moses painted most of her artwork on strong pieces of cardboard. Most of her paintings show scenes of idyllic rural life. Some of her paintings are historical, dealing with stories told to her of her ancestors.

Friday, August 4, 2017

New School Year 2017-18!

Summer sure flew by! Students return to school on Wednesday. I'm excited about all I have planned for this year! I hope to post a little more this year than I did last year; it's hard to keep up with blogging anymore, but I'll try my best.

The first thing I want to share this year is my "welcome back" bulletin board; it's all made out of paper. The silver part is origami paper (I never use the two metallic sheets that come in every package, but they sure are great for other projects!), and the bristles are a long roll of brown paper I made 1/4" slits on with the paper cutter.

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 Purdue Bug Bowl Art Contest

Well, it's the last week of school, and I haven't posted in two months....I've been very busy! There are a lot of art projects that won't make it onto my blog this year, unfortunately, but I do want to share CES's submissions to Purdue's annual student art contest at Bug Bowl. The contest is open to grades K-12, but I only submit artwork from one grade level, to avoid repeating the same art assignment. I chose to submit 6th grade artwork.

Bug Bowl was April 8 and 9. I was delighted to find out that three of my students received awards! Students from CES received the 1st place award, the 2nd place award, and one of the honorable mention awards. Students from other schools won 3rd place, and the remaining honorable mention awards. These are the winners from CES: