Friday, February 16, 2018

Winter Fine Arts Night

Last night Edmunds Elementary School held our Winter Fine Arts Night for grades three, four, and five.

 Third and fourth grade students displayed sculptures of birds and self-portraits. It was a highlight for students to use real tools, including drills and hot glue, to create their work. 

Fifth grade students displayed light-up paper circuits, multi-layer prints, chalk pastel abstractions, and hand-sewn monster dolls.

Artwork is hung primarily on bulletin boards and large paper panels. 

Sculpture is displayed on the tops of lockers and on display tables. Some bird sculptures hung from the ceiling.

At our school the art show gets paired up with the concert for well-rounded Fine Arts evening, which helps mutually increase attendance to the event. The hallway was packed!

The concert included a traditional Sioux lullaby and folk songs from Jamaica, Germany, and South Africa. Our fabulous music teacher Betsy Nolan led an amazing finale of of the song "Hall of Fame," accompanied by student teacher Emily Luce on piano.

The two-dimensional artwork will stay up for a couple more weeks, so if you want to get a peek, stop by.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

First Grade Still-life: Composition and Blending

Artists in first grade drew and painted a variety of natural and man-made objects

Students used their hands as view-finders, like a camera lens, to "zoom" in and out and learn to crop their image to a specific composition of their own choosing, including or excluding elements.

This artist has zoomed in closely to the fruit, cropping out part of the pitcher.
Students used pencil to sketch and oil pastel to blend colors on the objects.

The composition here is zoomed out, showing the whole table and all the objects on it.

Green apple and red pear peeking out from the side of large white pitcher.

Students used warm and cool watercolors to create the backgrounds. The warm colors were used for the surfaces, and the cool colors created shadows cast by the objects.

Finally, students outlined the objects in black oil pastel to create visual "pop" and delineate edges that might have disappeared during blending or painting.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Winter Landscapes

We are deep in cold here in Burlington, and a perfect time for second grade to explore how color and light effect a winter landscape. 

Artists began by considering the time of day and light source in their landscape. 

All students added a snowy or icy surface. 

Artists used white a a base color for the snow and ice, then added shades of grey, silver, blue, and purple to create shades. 

These dark spaces on the form and surfaces are always opposite the light sources.

Moon (with craters!) on left, darkness and shadows on the right on the snowman.
The medium is oil pastel, and it allowed students to do some pretty incredible blending.

Afterward, lots of additions were made to landscape, such as creatures and people, mountains and houses.

Moon glowing on an lake!

Wind and snowflakes swirling around
Students discussed gaze direction- how to make the subject clearly looking in a specific direction, which in turn guides the viewer's eye. Below, the snowman gazing at the moon encourages us to look at what the subject is seeing.

Gazing right at us, the viewer, and we look back.

Gazing downward.

Check out the tree's reflection on the icy pond!

Students used cut paper and fabric to add details to their picture, particularly on the snowmen.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Stunning Fifth Grade Paper Circuits!

Blink, blink!

Fifth grade students in Mr. Style's class are finishing up a project on paper circuits. 

These artists began by making a sculpture or painting on cardboard, keeping in mind the plan that one or two areas of the image would be illuminated.

Theme was wide open, although children love the seasons and many were wintery or tied to holiday-inspired.
This student selected RGB LEDs, which change color when they are on
The students used LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), copper tape, and a button cell battery to create parallel and simple circuits. Students learned to solder to make permanent connections between the components.

Students used cardboard and making tape to make pressure switches, so that they lights would be on when a cardboard button is pressed, and would turn off when the button is released. This is achieved because the pressure closes the circuit when a piece of copper tape makes contact with the battery. The button for the switch could be any part of the picture; below the lollipop is pressed to light up the gingerbread man's buttons.

These artworks will be on display at our February 15 Arts Night for grades 3-5. Don't miss it!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Papier-Mâché Birds

Third and fourth mixed-grade classrooms have just finished making sculptures of birds.

Students looked at examples of work and discussed how sculptors use a mix of visual and tactile textures with different media to create their finished work.

Using newsprint, wire, and masking tape, students created armatures.  Some students added beaks and wings with cardboard.

Students brainstormed bird species, and chose the type of bird that was of interest to them to sculpt.

Some students took a creative, imaginary direction (like the skier above), while others chose to reference source materials and Audobon paintings.

Artists chose to have their birds variously on pedestals, in nests, or hung from wire in flight.

Students who created pedestals used a drill to create holes in which the wire legs were installed.

Some students used the pedestals as a true setting for their birds, turning them into grassy fields, snow covered peaks, or sparkling icy glaciers.

Perhaps it's the time of year, but penguins were enormously popular!

These birds will be on display at EES at our upcoming February 15th Fine Arts Night! Don't miss it!