How do we travel? How do we get to school everyday? How do kids all over the world travel to school everyday? These are some of the questions presented to the Astronauts and Legos classes at the beginning of the year. We explored several 2D materials such as colored pencils and watercolors, discussing travel and NYC transportation. We also talked about morning routines and how we get ready for school. The students worked together on a large paper bus posted outside the art room and each created their own "window" drawing in the bus. We then made watercolor crayon paintings of a new way we would like to travel to school. Finally, students created their own 3D vehicle and worked collaboratively to create a 3D road map connecting their vehicles together. Students shared their vehicle sculptures, asked questions, and commented on each other's work.
The Crayons have been very busy in art since school started.
We’ve been exploring many types of drawing and painting materials and talking about the sizes and textures of different tools that artists use such as brushes, paper, wood, and clay.
This past Wednesday we looked at Van Gogh’s Starry Night and listened to sounds from the painting (from MoMA’s Destination Modern Art website) on the SMARTboard. The Crayons talked about the different things the Crayons noticed in the painting and the children shared their own experiences about nighttime, wind, and being outside. We then used metallic materials to create our own drawings using large movements.
The Pumpkins and battleships are beginning a yearlong study of travel (including local and world cultures) in art. Every student created observational drawings of their own backpacks by noticing lines and shapes. Students in these classes are now creating a functional, improved 3D backpack in art to take with us on this journey.
The preschoolers have been exploring a variety of materials and learning about lines and dots the first month of school. We've also talked about the different types of tools artists use, such as brushes, markers, and chalk and have been learning about size and texture when it comes to the variety of papers we've created our work on.
For the first day of Art, the students in the Otters, Clouds, and Battleships were divided up into teams of 2 and 3 and given a bag of mystery materials. Students were then asked to use the materials in their bags to create a sculpture that could float on water. The groups had 25 minutes to work on their sculptures and then we tested them in water! Some sculptures did not pass the test at first, but classmates brainstormed with each other to help find ways so all of the sculptures could float by the end of class.