Promoting a sense of self through art.

The students from Room 1 are beginning to learn who they are and form a sense of identity. We also talked about how we like to spend our time playing, sports and books we like etc. We then spent a few minutes looking at our facial characteristics. How we look and how uniquely each one of us was made in Gods image. We also looked at a few “self portraits” of famous artists. I explained the definition of “self portrait”. They each then held a mirror and looked at themselves closely. Looked at color of eyes, mouth and nose shape etc. They then painted a self portrait. Enjoy! – Ms. Monica

Wayne Thiebaud; Cake Paintings

The wonderful American artist Thiebaud was widely known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects, pies, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, cakes and hot dogs. He was associated with the pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture. I shared with the students his work and I even read them a book filled with his artwork. We also talked about “pastel colors”, and how to mix them. They then so eagerly got busy working on their beautiful cake/pastry painting. Enjoy! -Mrs Monica

Fun little moments

I love when a student/teacher or teacher/teacher dress the same unintentionally. Today I found myself looking at Susanna we both paused then she cries out “Ms. Monica we are twins today”, with such excitement in her voice. We both laughed. Ms. Joyce helped us capture this fun little moment. We have many fun little moments like these everyday. This is what makes our job so enjoyable. –-Ms. Monica

Apple Tree Painting

We talked about how fruit is grown on a tree and when to harvest the fruit. We also talked about the fruit of the spirit and how those characteristics help us to be a good friend. Each student painted their very own apple tree. 😉

May this fall you go apple picking with your family, it makes for great memories. -Mrs. Monica

Ten Apples Up On Top

The students and I talked about how an object balances, and what balance is. They also listened to the story by Dr. Seuss, Ten Apples Up on Top. We also practiced drawing circles. Then they painted many red apple circles. We even had fun counting them afterwards. 😉

-Mrs. Monica (Art Teacher)

Winter Village

The students had such a fun time with this art project…painting “snow” onto the village to create a winter wonderland. We also shared stories about playing in the snow and going to the mountains. Some of our friends haven’t experienced the snow. I encourage you to take a day trip to go see some snow. We are blessed to live near the mountains…. 😉

-Mrs. Monica

Dot Painting

I read the inspiring story, “The Dot,” by Peter Reynolds. It’s an inspiring story about art, not giving up, and seeing where art takes you. The students then painted their very own dot painting and expressed themselves based on the story. Enjoy!

-Mrs. Monica

Thick & Thin Lines

This week we started the series all about “lines” and various ways they are used in art. Specifically “thick and thin lines”, and their differences. We looked at both drawings and paintings and the impact the weight of the line adds to the composition . They had fun shouting out loud which was a thick line and which was a thin line as I pointed to the different ones. They then had fun creating stunning artwork with the variation of line weight. I love these!! (I did this exact project my first year of design school in college)

Enjoy

-Mrs. Monica

Van Gogh Sunflowers inspired paintings…

The children have been learning about the life of Van Gogh through this fun children’s story, “Van Gogh and the sunflowers”, by Laurence Anholt. We also looked at many photos of sunflowers, fields of sunflowers and Van Gogh’s many still life paintings.

I also demonstrated how to paint a vase filled with flowers, which they loved seeing and creating.

Enjoy the beautiful paintings…

-Mrs. Monica