Archive - Mrs. Cleary's 3-4 Art Blog


3-4: Third Quarter

posted Jan 5, 2015, 2:47 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 5, 2015, 2:47 PM by Laura Karstens ]

The 3-4 Artists will watch an animation of the story The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, and work in collaborative table groups to start an artistic creation with a single dot and go in any direction from there. Artists will observe and analyze different ways famous artists used dots to create masterpieces, & transfer that knowledge to their own artworks. Some artists we'll investigate are Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Seurat, and Aboriginal artwork. Everyone will be given the same directions, yet so many different responses will be created! Artists will observe clay sculptures created by Nan Emmett, and discuss the idea of a Soul Shaker. Soul Shakers are clay vessels that contain a secret inside, which makes a rattling sound when shaken. Artists will have the option of using alphabet pasta to impress words into their vessels, with the idea that when you shake the vessel, you’ll get more of the word you’ve chosen (ex. Happiness). Artists will use the pinch pot method, coil technique, and slipping and scoring methods to sculpt their own Soul Shaker vessels. Artists will learn and apply clay terminology by identifying greenware, bisqueware, and glazeware (the different stages of the clay process). 3-4 Artists will observe and analyze Notans, a Japanese art form that focuses on the contrast between positive and negative shapes in a composition, by designing and creating simple and complex Notans. Artists will compare organic and geometric shapes, and transfer this knowledge by describing works by Mondrian and Matisse. Artists will evaluate composition and design choices by critiquing their finished Notans.

3-4: 2014-2015

posted Aug 19, 2014, 9:40 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 19, 2014, 9:40 AM by Laura Karstens ]

3-4 Artists will be exploring how to communicate ideas in both representational and non-representational forms through the use of 3-D shapes; neutral, intermediate, monochromatic, and complementary colors; contrast through bright colors vs. neutral colors and dark vs. light values; physical and implied textures; regular, irregular, and random patterns and rhythms; radial and asymmetrical balance; unity through color, shape, and texture; and the organization of elements. We will be critiquing art from throughout history and the world by describing, analyzing, interpreting, and comparing and contrasting artists and cultures by examining work by Rodrigue, Arcimboldo, O’Keeffe, and Monet among others. Some artistic challenges we may embark on are aboriginal style animal totems, radial name mandalas, value scale emotional paintings, and clay soul shakers.

Week of 4/21/14 - 4/25/14

posted Apr 21, 2014, 4:02 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 21, 2014, 4:02 PM by Laura Karstens ]

3-4 Artists will apply Paul Klee’s thoughts on a dot by creating a continuous contour drawing design. Artists will combine ceramic vocabulary to discuss the phases of abstract clay pieces and firing temperatures of the kiln. Artists will demonstrate proper glazing techniques by glazing bisque-fired artwork 

Week of 4/7/14 - 4/11/14

posted Apr 8, 2014, 3:53 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 8, 2014, 3:53 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Artists are constructing Abstract, Picasso-inspired self-portraits in clay using slab construction techniques or working on an independent clay project using the score, slip, and smooth method. Students are also comparing and contrasting different clay building and texture making techniques by observing and talking with classmates about their sculptural processes. 

Week of 3/10/14 - 3/14/14

posted Mar 10, 2014, 2:36 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 2:36 PM by Laura Karstens ]

3-4 A Artists observed and talked about Surrealism by examining artwork by Rodrigue, Coolidge, and Dali. Artists will create their own surreal animal picture by combining drawing, painting, and collage techniques

3-4 B Artists will compare and contrast the 13 different watercolor techniques they created last week by choosing at least three of the processes to produce a watercolor wish world that tells a story. Artists will evaluate how the visual effects of each technique supports the story of the painting by practicing several different ideas.

2/24/14-2/28/14

posted Feb 24, 2014, 3:06 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 24, 2014, 3:06 PM by Laura Karstens ]

 3-4 Artists will discuss the use of color, lines, shapes, and composition by examining works by Paul Klee and Marc Chagall. Artists will apply at least 13 different watercolor techniques by creating test sheets that identify each method. Artists will combine at least two different techniques to produce a watercolor wish world that tells a story.

Week of 2/10/14 - 2/13/14

posted Feb 10, 2014, 10:08 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 10, 2014, 10:08 AM by Laura Karstens ]

3-4 Artists will continue the 100 watercolor challenge by mixing and using primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Artists will discuss a variety of sources for art content by expanding on the notion that inspiration for creating art can come from many sources. Artists will describe visual characteristics of artwork by comparing and contrasting the visual characteristics of their artwork using art terminology such as collage, 2D/3D versus watercolors, patterns, and repetition.

Week of 1/27/14 - 1/31/14

posted Jan 27, 2014, 10:42 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 27, 2014, 10:43 AM by Laura Karstens ]

3-4 A Artists will continue to discuss the differences between collage and assemblage art by exploring Rosalie Gascoigne’s Tiger Tiger piece. Artists will explore different methods for creating a unified collage by finding different images and comparing and contrasting them based on color, texture, shape, size, and placement. Once the clay pieces are fired, artists will demonstrate proper glazing techniques and vocabulary by glazing bisqueware and talking about the different stages in the ceramic process.

3-4 B Artists will determine a big idea to explore through the art making process by brainstorming with peers. Artists will experiment with at least three different ways of exploring a big idea by trying different materials and processes. Artists will have to decide which method will best express your big idea by comparing and contrasting your artwork.

Week of 1/13/14 - 1/17/13

posted Jan 13, 2014, 4:22 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 13, 2014, 4:22 PM by Laura Karstens ]

3-4 A Students are constructing Abstract, Picasso-inspired self-portraits in clay using slab construction techniques or working on an independent clay project using the score, slip, and smooth method. Students are also comparing and contrasting different clay building and texture making techniques by observing and talking with classmates about their sculptural processes. 

3-4 B students are learning about the famous Blue Dog artist, George Rodrigue, and Surrealist Salvador Dali. They're observing and discussing some paintings by Coolidge, who painted surreal portraits of dogs engaging in human activities (ex. playing poker). The artist's challenge is to create a surreal collage of his or her chosen animal. Artists have the choice of using images for the animal and/or background from magazines, drawings, photographs, and/or paintings. In addition, the chosen animal can be real or imagined. 

Week of 12/16/13

posted Dec 16, 2013, 10:00 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 16, 2013, 10:00 AM by Laura Karstens ]

3-4 A Artists will compare and contrast different watercolor techniques in their Paul Klee-inspired watercolor worlds. They will also be experimenting and exploring with a variety of 2D materials. Some 3-4A Artists will continue working on their shading skills, and will learn two techniques for drawing the human eye.

3-4B Artists will continue constructing Abstract Picasso-inspired self-portraits in clay using slab construction. 3-4B Artists will also compare and contrast different clay building and texture making techniques by talking with classmates about their sculptural process

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