The fifth grade students learned about the paintings and the life of the French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954). Henri Matisse is particularily noted for the various patterns that he uses in his paintings. after viewing Matisse's goldfish painting (shown below) the student used collage/multimedia techniques to create their own fish bowl scenes.
The kindergarteners have been busy in the art room creating relief prints of their houses. The students drew a picture of their houses on styrofoam plates, and they rolled ink on the plate and printed the image.
Last month, the kindergarteners celebrated the 100th day of school. In art class, the students drew portraits of themselves today. The students also used their imaginations to create drawings of how they thought they would appear 100 years from now. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing their interpretations!
The first Grade students were inspired by the artist Jim Dine, who created the painting below titled "The Confetti Heart." They created a heart mosaic using scraps of colored paper found in the recycle bin in the art room.
After viewing the paintings of Emily Carr, the third grade students were inspired to create forest paintings! Emily Carr is a Canadian artist who drew inspiration for her paintings by her natural surroundings on the northwest coast. The students viewed pictures of the Manistee National Forest, and we discussed the differences between the forests of the northwest coast and the forests in the midwest. They used tints and tones in order to indicate highlights and shadows.