Capture the color while it lasts! 3rd and 4th grade students have been putting color theory to the test, finding inspiration in Vermont’s fall colors. Pictured: students worked quickly to match the color of a fallen leaf, knowing that the color would change as it dries.
Kandinsky in Kindergarten: Our Kindergarten artists have been collaborating on large scale Kandinksy-inspired compositions, paying special attention to his use of different types of line. Last week we projected his paintings on the whiteboard, and students took turns using dry erase marker to show their classmates which lines and shapes they found most interesting. This coming week, the students will paint on top of their drawings to investigate how they can blend colors together.
Color Spectrums inspired by minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly
1st we painted color gradients using only primary colors. Secondary and tertiary colors emerged as we mixed red, yellow, and blue.
Next we discussed how Ellsworth Kelly creates spectrums of color that take on many shapes and forms.
Then we created our own abstract spectrums, using our painted paper to collage.
The result? A reinvented color wheel, brought to you by the third grade!
How does an artist know when s/he is finished? / Still life drawings in progress. Artists in 2nd and 5th grade have been practicing observational drawing in the art studio. Pictured are images from our mid-process critique in which students discussed the question, "How does an artist know when s/he is finished?" The conversation was inspired by a comment from a 5th grade student who said, ”Ms. Leaphart, I think if I add anything else to my picture it will ruin it!” Knowing when to keep working and when to take a break, we concluded, is a valuable skill for an artist.
Continuous Line Still Life Drawings. Students practiced keeping their pencil on the page the entire time their drew. This helped them look closely at lines and contours on the object instead of getting wrapped up in their drawing:
Inspired by their surroundings, students in Ms. Lynda’s STEP class practiced observational drawing.
2nd Grade students share a smile over their Square One (a fundraiser for our library) watercolor paintings.
Ada Leaphart, Visual Art Teacher at the Integrated Arts Academy