Thursday, November 7, 2019

Celebrating Creativity

Every year the orchestra teacher and myself take 50 6th graders to the Joslyn Art Museum... 
and every year it is AWESOME! 

(this years group)

They spend the morning taking classes that focus on art, theater and music. 
Then we spend the afternoon listening to the Omaha Symphony perform (we can't photograph that).
It is always so much fun to see our kids enjoy the day 
and I am always so impressed with their behavior. 

Students were learning about theater makeup and how to make "bite marks." 

Students were learning how moving through dance works for storytelling. 

We get to have awesome docents take our students on fun gallery tours.

This years traveling exhibit is the St. John's Bible. It is amazing. Some students were able to learn about gilding and how it was used. 

Love that he had to wear an art shirt on the art field trip. 

and you can't forget the bus sing alongs... 
(even if I wish we could)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Just Makes Me Happy!

The 5th graders have been finishing up their non-figurative paintings... and they just make me HAPPY! Stay tuned for the things that are going to be happening with these!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Non-Figurative Artwork vs. Abstract Artwork

Abstract Art is an image of something broken down into lines, shapes and colors. 
We looked at the painting "Musical Forms" by Georges Braque and discussed how once you know the title, you can see more of what the image is based on... but that it isn't an exact drawing of a guitar or music. 

Students then took a subject (their name)
and drew them onto 9" square paper. 

We cut the squares into 3" squares
and students were able to move them around.

Students focused on turning their names into an abstract image 
of lines, shapes and color (black and white). They focused on making sure 
the image was interesting to look at. 

They then uploaded them to Artsonia. You can see our images here.

Non-Figurative Art is artwork that is art created by using lines, shapes and colors. 
(sound familiar?)
We looked at this sculpture by Louise Nevelson called "Case with Five Balusters."

And then we created these non-figurative watercolor paintings 
that focus on lines, shapes and colors.

You can check out our non-figurative paintings here.

This was a fun way to create some quick projects that really 
help us understand the differences between abstract art and non-figurative art. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


So far this year I have put up a few things... and I still have a few to put up.

The 5th and 6th grade students made these cubes. 
I finally got around to putting all 600+ on display together. 
It is always impressive to see kids working independently 
but seeing them all together is so very impressive. 

The 6th graders created color wheels and when I finally put these on display
the kids all impressed. I had put a "exhibit under construction" sign on this 
cast at the start of the year. When that finally came down and this went up, they agreed
 it was worth the wait. 

The 5th graders are working through the difference between abstract and non-figurative art. 
Our abstract art project had us drawing our names, chopping them up and rearranging 
them into images based on lines, shapes and colors. 

Monday, October 14, 2019

6th Grade WIN Time

Every 3 weeks we rotate through different WIN (What I Need) groups. For my last group I had 6th graders and we worked through using Google Drawings to create these polyline self portraits. I think they did a great job.

I learned how to do these drawings from the amazing digital artist Joshua Pomeroy. 
You can check out his online videos on YouTube
The first video I watched and was amazed by was his drawing of Justin Timberlake

5th Grade Awful Alphabet Letters

I was super impressed with the drawings the fifth graders finished up. They did such a great job of creating their creatures and making fun places for them to "live." I also think they did a great job of creating alliterations to go with their projects. Here are just a few:
Enormous E eats extraordinarily elaborate eggs with an energy elixir everyday.

Jolly J jumped when Jayden Jaguar emerged from the Japan Jungle Jaguar Exhibit.

Artist A at an amazing art gallery

The cruel carnivorous C was creatively colorful.

You can check out the rest of them at our Artsonia site. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

6th grade Working Away

Just like 5th grade, 6th grade is working through testing, vacation days and altered schedules to finish up their projects. We are still finishing up our color wheel projects and we have been enjoying some fun art starter videos that have to do with color. You can check them out here:
This is always a fun review... even if it is stuck in your head for a long time. 

Image result for color wheel
(click the color wheel image to watch a Khan Academy color intro)

We watch a bit of this one (start at about 5:20)

The students have been doing some amazing work on creating unique color wheels. Check out Artsonia to see what they are doing. 

The "Wednesday 6th graders" are doing great on their fiber art projects. They are finishing up their embroidery images and getting ready to start on sewing their creatures. I can't wait to share some of their work here.