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.
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!
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.
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.
Lauren Dziadosz is a K-5 art teacher at Hedke and Anderson Elementary Schools in Trenton, Michigan