Students in Kindergarten, 1st grade, and Ms. Mary's STEP class are studying line this fall. Using folded paper, paint, and marker, they are exploring how lines can be straight, they can curve, and they can bend & zigzag. For Kindergarten and STEP, our line study connects to their work with letter formation in their classrooms.
It's a favorite time of the year for many students at IAA: the Square One Art fundraiser is here! Below are some examples of how students in grades K-5 chose to fill their square. The project is a wonderful opportunity to see what students will draw when given very few constraints. How would you fill your square?
As a follow up to their trip to see "Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch" at the Flynn Center, students in Kindergarten and STEP, our ELL class, explored Leo Lionni's picture book Swimmy. Students in STEP class used theater skills to act out the setting, plot, and characters in the book before creating their collage. They also created shadow puppets to explore the story further.
Click the gallery images below to view STEP students' exploration:
Kindergarten collages. Click to enlarge:
Kindergarten students created puppets inspired by Indonesian shadow puppetry,Wayang kulit. They predicted which parts would be visible in the shadow,asking: Will the marker show in the shadow? Will the shadow be gold if the puppet is gold? Will the holes in the puppets show in the shadow?
Below: Students used their puppets to explore the effects of light and shadow and to experiment with storytelling.
Stop by City Hall this month to see IAA artwork on display! Two students from each class have been selected to share their artwork in the annual City Hall Elementary Art Show. These students will be honored in an awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 19th. Their work represents the creative thinking that ALL of our students have been doing this year. Go check it out! On display through March 28th. Click below to view larger images.
Students in grades K, 2, 5, and one 1st grade class are in the midst of a printmaking unit. They are making collagraph prints from collages. Kindergarten and 1st grade students found there inspiration in mandala designs, students in grade 2 focused on making an image out of geometric shapes, and 5th grade students created images out of both geometric and organic shapes.
Kindergarten Still Lifes, below. Students practiced careful looking, painting inside the lines they drew, and creating a foreground and background. Click to view full images.
1st grade students in Ms. Alice's class used chalk pastel to create their still lifes. Click to view full images:
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.
Ada Leaphart, Visual Art Teacher at the Integrated Arts Academy