A few months back I sent an email out to parents looking for a public space to display artwork.
Cindy and Scott Tuckerlaper were kind enough to offer up some space at their dental clinic.
We currently have twenty-three pieces on display in the lobby at the clinic. The artwork the
students created uses the theme of dental health. They offered to host an art reception on Tuesday
March 20th from 5:30-7:00. There will be pizza and drinks available. If you think you would like to
come by, please rsvp using the link below, so that they know how much pizza they need to order.
Orchard Dental Group and Orthodontics
14422 Orchard Pkwy Ste 200
Westminster, CO 80023
The artwork will likely be up for a few months, so if you can't make it then you can maybe drop in another
time to take a peek.
Hope to see you there!
This project was so much fun!!! It has definitely become one of my favorites. We started this lesson by learning about the artist Hundertwasser. He was an Austrian artist, architect, and environmentalist. His artwork was very colorful and inspired by nature. He used lots of curvy line, spirals, and organic shapes. Some of his work is pictured below. Hundertwasser believed that the outside of your house should tell you about something about the person living on the inside. The kids were asked to design a home inspired by Hundertwasser that would tell you something about them. They did this using sharpie, watercolor, and crayon. They were shown how to create a crayon resist. We made doors to their homes with little beads for door knobs. I then reviewed how to draw a self-portrait using a full body instead of using stick arms and stick legs. We put their self-portraits inside their homes, so now you can open the home and see who lives there. They are currently hanging outside of the art room.
The 2017 permanent art collection has been hung in the elementary school. You will find the work in the 1/2 and 3/4 break out spaces and down the 5th grade and kindergarten hallways.
Sophia Becker, Kindergarten
Sam Ashley, 1st grade
Gavin Lehman, 2nd grade
Christopher Treglio aka CJ, 3rd grade
Raea Fisher, 4th grade
Nick Hofer, 5th grade
The 2nd Graders just finished their insect unit using watercolor and pastel techniques. We started this unit by learning about entomologists and what they do. We watched a video on an entomologist that uses live insects to create artwork. The video is posted below. We then learned about insects from all over the world. The students spent some time studying and sketching out insects. I then taught them watercolor and oil pastel techniques such as color blending and mixing, pastel resist, crayon resist, alcohol resist, salt resist, and wet on wet. We spent a day experimenting and trying out these techniques. I then introduced them to the actual project. They were asked to choose an insect or arachnid that interests them and create it using 2 or more of the techniques learned in class. They were then asked to choose a location for their insects to be popping out from. I taught them how to create an accordion fold to make their insects pop out. Their insects were on flowers, logs, leaves, the sidewalk etc. I will post the pictures of their completed pieces this week.
This lesson started out with the book titled Harold and the Purple crayon. I used this story to show how line can be made in many different ways and that lines create shapes. The students then received a "pet line", which is a piece of soft wire that they can bend into different types of line and shape. We looked at examples of different types of line and they tried to mimick them with their pet line. The students then practiced drawing different types of line. For the next part of the lesson, we discussed how Wassily Kandinsky claimed that he could see different types of line, shape and color while listening to music. I showed them pictures of his work and we tried to figure out what the music he was listening to sounded like based off of what we saw in his paintings. I then challenged them to paint songs from the Fantasia soundtrack using different types of line, shape, and color.