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.