So far this year we have been very busy in the art room learning about LINE, SHAPE, FORM, and VALUE.
Window collages inspired by Matisse's Open Window brought a beautiful close to the summer.
K-2 students have explored their EMOTIONS using abstract art to show the colors and feelings in their hearts. The results are beautiful and meaningful.
Grades 3-5 have been using LINE to create depth in artwork.
With Halloween around the corner, students in Kindergarten and 1st have been creating cat collages.
2nd and 3rd grade have been working on using VALUE to create FORM in organic pumpkin drawings/collage. The lumpier the better!
4th and 5th grade have been working with clay to create spider web coasters and witch hats. This exploration of FORM has been especially fun.
dia de los muertos
Many people believe that the Day of the Dead is the Mexican version of Halloween. This is not true. . . The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 2nd of each year. It is a time for remembrance of loved ones lost and ancestors that came before us. People dress in skeleton masks and festive outfits to celebrate life after death.
In honor of Dia de los Muertos:
4th and 5th graders are making sugar skull two way drawings that may represent different people or different aspects of themselves.
3rd graders are working on sugar skull collage.
K-2 are still working on a variety of line and shape artworks. They will be introduced to Day of the Dead concepts a bit later in the month.
So excited to share in this celebratory Mexican tradition this month!
The start of the school year is always filled you such excitement!
Donations of Clorox wipes will be GREATLY appreciated!
After reintroducing ourselves to each other and the classroom, I love to work on name inspired artworks for the start of the year. Name art incorporates line and shape, when using a scheme, it also incorporates color. It is a fun place to start and a great way to get creative juices flowing.
4th and 5th grade will be working on Graffiti art. We will discuss real-world examples, and the ethics behind graffiti making, or tagging. We will use perspective to make our names really pop!
3rd graders will be creating name bugs. This is a fun project that always turns out great. Students can also practice their cursive skills on this one.
1st and 2nd graders will be creating a name art inspired by the artist Paul Klee. They will work on handwriting, repetition, color schemes, folding, and more!
Kindergarten will be creating rubbings from three dimensional versions of their own names. They will work on tracing to improve name spelling, letter recognition, and handwriting.
Click on the images to view more artwork.
I look forward to another GREAT YEAR!!
May Day: Spring has sprung!
Fifth grade spent some time working on a fan-favorite, Minecraft inspired self-portraits. We discussed game design and how far pixelation has come.
K-2 worked hard on creating colorful eggs nests in celebration of spring.
The students learned all about many different varieties of eggs and went wild with color as a result!
March is READING MONTH
We are having such a great time making rhymes!
Our classes are exploring multiple works by Dr. Seuss and using them for inspiration to create unique rhyming sentences.
"The Sneetches" is one book that is being read and discussed with the older classes. Students are asked to find the multiple morals provided by the story. The students then illustrate their work.
Younger classes are reading "There's a Wocket in my Pocket". They create creatures with a new name in a rhyming place.
February is Black History Month, but in the Hedke artroom we talk about embracing diversity all year long!
Some current projects that we have going that teach the acceptance of others and futhering our understanding of others include:
All hands In - A project that symbolizes the fact that no matter what our race, heritage, background, lifestyle, dress, etc., etc , etc., we are all one TEAM.
Jacob Lawrence Collages - A collage that shows how community impacts our lives. We look at African-American painter Jacob Lawerence's work, read a book he has illustrated and find out about the meaning of his community inspired artworks. We then create a community inspired collage of our own.
It's the Great Pumpkin... Hedke!
The fall is a perfect time of year to explore organic shape and form. This fall we have a wide range of fun and educational art projects happening at Hedke.
Kindergarten is making pop-up pumpkin patches. They are using organic shape, warm colors, and line to create natural looking pumpkin patches that take 2D shapes to make 3D sculptures.
K - 2 are also exploring organic shape through the work of Pablo Picasso. His abstract portraits are a great inspiration for creative witches and frankensteins.
3rd grade is loving the creation of organic form tree sculptures and pumpkin patches. They are using warm colors, actual textures, and more. Unfortunately, these are a must see in person: the pictures really don't do them justice.
4th grade is getting extremely creative with haunted house silhouettes.
4th and 5th grades are all making organic jack-o-lanterns out of clay.
5th graders are also practicing form through shading partial pumpkin drawings with warm color value techniques.
More pictures will be posted soon.
Elements of Design: Line
Elements of design can be found in every single artwork.
This first project of the year is focusing on Line. Line is used all the time in creating artwork, the question is whether or not Line is being used CREATIVELY.
To explore line variety, the classes are working on imitation stained glass creations. Kindergarten to 5th are using Line in a variety of creative ways to create their stained glass.
K through 2nd are working on line and shape variety.
3rd and 4th grade are working on organic vs. geometric Line.
5th are using the Lines created by the letters of their names to create more symbolic stained glass artworks that represent them as individuals. These stained glass works tell the story of the student, as many stained glass images tell stories.
Students from Kindergarten to second grade are exploring the wild world of POP art. They are spent some time learning about, and discussing, Andy Warhol and his artistic stylings.
Using Warhol as an inspiration, students are creating POP art paintings and drawings. They are bright, BOLD, and fun!!!
Lauren Dziadosz is a K-5 art teacher at Hedke and Anderson Elementary Schools in Trenton, Michigan