Saturday, April 25, 2015

1st Grade "Alebrijes" (Oaxacan Wood Carvings)


First graders traveled to the Mexican state of Oaxaca to discover its beautifully carved and painted wooden sculptures called alebrijes.  A bold use of intricate patterns is especially evident in these works, so they offer the students great examples of this principle of art.  Students choose an animal tracer from my collection, trace it onto cardstock, and then fill it with any patterns of lines, shapes, and colors their imaginations can come up with.  I'll be decorating Senior Morales' door with some of these soon!

3rd Grade "Piranhas"

 Artwork by Carly

This was a fun kinetic art project whose full effect depends on opening the folded paper.  While the basic fish shape we used was the same for every student, the third graders got pretty creative with their patterns, their colors, and especially with what was happening inside the mouth of their piranha!

 Artwork by O.C.

 Artwork by Sophia

 Artwork by Nathan


 Artwork by Tyler

 Artwork by Vivian

 Artwork by Sadie


 Artwork by Maggie



2nd Grade Rose Windows

The rose windows of the great European cathedrals are a fantastic example of artworks in which both the positive and negative spaces of the work play equally important visual roles.  We spend some time learning about this particular aspect of the art element of space (and the cathedrals themselves with the aid of Google Earth) before creating our own rose windows.

North Rose Window, Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France

West Rose Windows, HES Cafeteria,
Hillsborough, North Carolina:)

Using a paper plate and a white colored pencil, students first trace a circle onto a piece of black bulletin board paper.  (I use the bulletin board paper because it's thin enough, even after folding into several layers, for the students to cut).  After cutting out their black circles, students fold the paper in half, then twice more until they have a small "pizza slice" shaped piece.  This is great folding practice, especially since it's important that edges are well aligned.  Then students carefully cut out pieces of their folded paper, before opening it to reveal the design of their window "frame." We also refer to this as the "positive" space of their artwork.  In the next session, the students glue a piece of wax paper to the back of their window frame and then glue various pieces of colored tissue paper "glass" to the wax paper to add color to all the spaces in the frame. These are the "negative" spaces of the artwork.  After the excess wax paper is cut away, the results are beautiful!






Kindergarten Up, Up, and Away Colors

Artwork by Rebekah (purple dinosaur)

This was a quick lesson for reviewing our primary colors and how they mix to make the secondary colors.  Kinders drew four overlapping balloons and colored them in the order red, yellow, blue, and red, making sure to leave the overlapping parts uncolored.  Using the color wheel (and what we have already learned during our color mixing lesson in the fall), the students filled in the overlapping balloon parts with the appropriate secondary color.  Then they were free to draw something - anything - that their balloons were carrying away.  One of my favorites was the picture one student drew of her balloons carrying away a...shirt!?

Artwork by Ben (a house above the city)

Artwork by Julian (primary colored ninjas!)

Artwork by Will (a duck-friendly elephant)

Artwork by Lily (Queen Elsa)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Art Show Time!

HES Dolphin Madison Orange shows fellow Dolphin Katee Suson
her beautiful sea turtle at the Orange County School Art Show

The fabulous works of approximately forty HES artists, along with works from many other student artists, are now on display at the downtown Hillsborough library as part of the annual Orange County Schools Art Show.  The show runs through May 3, and I encourage all parents to bring their Dolphins by the library to check out all the wonderful works of art by the County's talented artists!  

Dolphin artwork on display at the 2015 Orange County Schools Art Show

1st Grade Ceramic Turtles


First graders made these cute and colorful turtles by first using a template to cut a shell from a clay slab.  Then they added a head, four legs, and a tail by "scratching and attaching" their pieces together. Using a toothpick, the students inscribed their turtle shells with various designs ranging from realistic shell patterns to hearts and flowers.  After the turtles were fired, the first graders painted them from head to toe with tempura paints, using a smaller brush to for details.