Welcome to Mrs. Filiberti’s Art Class!
UPK students made coffee filter flowers by coloring the coffee filter with markers and then spraying them with water. Once they were dry, the stem and leaves were attached. They listened to the story, The Grouchy Ladybug. They cut, assembled and glued shapes to make a small ladybug. This week, the students made a flower pot with a flower collage for Mother’s Day.
The Kindergarten students cut, assembled and glued shapes to make a chick hatching from an egg craft. They made an umbrella and duck craft for spring using painted paper plates cut into umbrella shapes. They made a Mother’s Day using their handprints and purple paint.
First grade students learned about the artist Piet Mondrian and viewed examples of his work. They made their own Mondrian style piece by gluing black strips of paper horizontally and vertically. They used yellow, red and blue crayons to color the squares and rectangles they created. They made a “Beary” special bear craft for Mother’s Day. They also learned about the artist Henri Matisse. They watched a ten minute animated video about the artist. They created a collage using shapes they cut out of colored paper. They created their composition and glued the shapes onto a black sheet of paper.
Second grade students learned about drawing things from different points of view. They students drew a bunny from three different views. They drew portraits of a special lady for Mother’s Day.
Third grade students learned about the artist Frida Kahlo as part of their classroom study of Mexico. They learned why Frida Kahlo painted mostly self-portraits. The students drew portraits of the artist and used oil pastels to color their work. Some students began drawing “Our Lady of Guadalupe” portraits once the Frida Kahlo portraits were completed.
Fourth grade students watched an interview and learned about the artist Laurel Burch. They drew “Burch” style cats and decorated them with a variety of colors and patterns. They cut out their designs and glued them to a large sheet of colored paper.
Fifth grade students learned about the artist Georgia O’Keeffe. They designed their own large abstract flower and used a medium of their choice to color it in.
Sixth grade students have started to make their plaster masks as part of their study of Ancient Greece. We will work on this project for a few weeks more.
Seventh grade students completed their buildings in perspective drawings and began a black and white positive and negative space design using a full sheet of white paper and half sheet of black paper.
Eighth grade students are wrapping up the year by drawing their self-portraits. I am still waiting for copies of their photos!!
These past few weeks we have been working on a variety of projects in the Art Room. We have completed all of the Gala art projects in addition to others. Below you will see some of the projects we have been working on:
UPK classes made thumbprint birds to decorate a bird house for the Gala. They also made a rainbow/cloud craft by gluing strips of colored paper along the bottom of a cloud pattern. They glued cotton balls on the cloud. They cut and decorated an egg pattern using crayons. They painted over the egg shape to reveal their wax designs. They glued shapes together to make a bunny craft.
Kindergarten classes cut and glued shapes together to make a troll to integrate with their classroom study of fairy tales. They cut and glued shapes together to make a ladybug to integrate with the classroom study of Eric Carle stories.
First grade classes traced, cut and assembled shapes to make a collage for St. Joseph’s Day. They painted circles using the colors of the rainbow and added details to make them into birds. They made a paper plate bunny for Easter. They watched a short instructional cartoon video about the artist Jackson Pollack. They made their own “Action Painting” using orange, blue, red, and yellow paint.
Second grade students learned about the artist Claude Monet. They viewed a video about his life and artwork. They learned how to create artist guidelines using their hands and fingers to draw Monet’s footbridge. They learned about impressionistic painting. They were introduced to chalk pastels and used chalk pastels to finish their piece. They were so attentive! I was very impressed with their enthusiasm!
Third grade classes traced, cut and assembled shapes to make a “Rosary Flower” for Lent. The flower consisted of one circle for the center of the flower, (Our Father), ten petals, (Hail Mary), one stem, (Mystery) and one leaf, (Glory Be). They also made a Chinese Vase with blossoms to integrate with their classroom study of China.
Fourth grade students learned about the artist Wassily Kandinsky. They viewed examples of his artwork. They made their own “Houses in Munich” drawings using a variety of colors of oil pastels. They also made an abstract painting incorporating black lines, shapes and color. For this Kandinsky inspired project, they used sharpies, crayons and water color paint.
Fifth grade students learned about the artist Hundertswasser and viewed examples of his artwork and architecture. Hundertswasser is best known for his use of bright and dark colors. Organic lines and spiral shapes. For this project, the students combined their knowledge of warm and cool colors, patterns and lines. They painted two sheets of paper, one using cool colors and the other using warm colors, creating sections of colors and patterns on each. They chose one color scheme for their background. They cut that sheet into strips and glued the strips onto a coordinating piece of construction paper, leaving spaced in between the strips. They used coordinating markers to create additional patters in the spaces between the strips. They used the other sheet to cut out circles to make their flowers. They added stems and leaves to complete their work.
Sixth grade students completed their Egyptian portraits. They began working on a perspective drawing, which I labelled “Escape the Room”. They drew lines to create a room with a checkerboard pattern in one point perspective. They colored the spaces using two colors. They used a photo of themselves and blacked out the space behind them with black sharpie. They had posed for these photos in a previous class. They glued their photo in the center of the paper to create the illusion of trying to escape the room.
Seventh grade students learned about the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and viewed the piece entitled “The Great Wave”. Students drew their own version of this painting and used chalk pastels, paint and/or crayons to color their work. They also began working on a Perspective Building drawing. They drew diagonal lines from the vanishing point to the edge of the paper to draw the buildings. They added details to their buildings with sharpies. They used colored chalk or oil pastels to color the sky.
The eighth grade classes completed their animated character enlargement drawings. They will now use what they have learned to draw a celebrity portrait of their choice.
Art plans for the weeks of February 27th and March 6th:
UPK classes made paper plate lions and lambs for the month of March. They practiced their drawing, cutting and gluing skills.
Kindergarten classes practiced their cutting and gluing skills to make a Lenten cross. They cut out a cross template. They cut and glued colored squares of paper onto the cross to decorate it. This past week they learned about the artist Henri Matisse and viewed a short animated video about the artist and his work. We discussed organic and geometric shapes. We talked about creating composition in art and how to create a collage. Students cut out shapes from colored paper, arranged them onto a sheet of black paper and glued them on to make their own collage.
First grade classes learned about texture in art. They traced a cross stencil onto a sheet of white paper. They crumpled and glued brown tissue paper on the shape. They cut strips of purple paper into squares and glued them on the background space. This past week, they made paper plate Leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day.
Second grade students painted a rainbow and then cut it out. They glued clouds and pots of gold on the ends of the rainbow. Some students opted to glue two clouds on the ends. They glued cotton balls on the clouds. This past week, the students learned about the artist Claude Monet. We learned about creating artist guidelines to draw a proportional picture. They drew Monet’s Japanese footbridge and the pond. They will learn how to use chalk pastels next week and use them to color their drawings.
Third grade classes drew a Panda with bamboo to integrate with their classroom study of China. They used crayons and watercolor paint to color their drawings. They also learned about the Rosary before making a Rosary Flower for Lent. Each shape represents one prayer in a decade of the Rosary.
Fourth grade students traced and cut out three handprints on white paper and an egg shape on a colored sheet of paper. They rolled the handprints to make Easter Lilies and glued them onto the egg shape. They added stems and leaves to finish the project. This past week, they drew five shamrocks on a sheet of white paper. They began with crosses then drew heart shapes for the leaves. They used watercolor paint to paint their drawings and highlighted with gold paint.
Fifth grade students made a watercolor crucifix painting for Lent. They colored over the crucifix shape with black crayon so the wax would resist the watercolor paint. They painted the background with a variety of colors. This past week, we learned about the artist Hundertwasser. We viewed examples of his work. We began a multi-step project by painting a sheet of paper using only warm colors. We created patterns and lines over the colors. Next week they will paint a sheet using only cool colors.
Sixth grade students completed their Sarcophagus projects with their group members and cut them out. They also learned about the significance of a cartouche in Ancient Egyptian times. They cut out the shape of a cartouche and used a reference sheet to write their names in hieroglyphics. They colored their designs.
Seventh grade students finished their winter birch tree project and began working on illuminated crosses for Lent. They traced and cut out a cross shape. They applied oil pastels around the border of the shape. They taped the cross shape onto a sheet of paper and then used their fingers to spread the oil pastel out onto the background paper. They used watercolor paint to paint the background space before removing the cross shape from the paper revealing the white cross.
Eighth grade students continued to work on grid drawings. They created a grid on a printout of the Mona Lisa and labeled the rows and columns. They recreated the grid on a new sheet of paper and began drawing the Mona Lisa by transferring shapes and lines from the printout over to the new grid.
Art lesson plans for the weeks of January 30, 2017 and February 5, 2017
Due to the shortened weeks, the fact that I was out with the flu for two days, Catholic Schools Week activities and a snow day, I decided to combine the past two weeks into one post.
UPK-1 and UPK-2 students made a Valentine’s Day craft after listening to a story. They cut out a heart shape, folded pink strips of paper to make “wiggly” arms and legs and glued them on to the heart shape. They added little hearts for the hands and feet and drew a face with a black crayon.
UPK-3 students watched an animated video about the artist Henri Matisse. They learned about cutting out shapes and arranging them onto a sheet of paper and gluing them on once they are pleased with the arrangement. They made their own collages using colored papers.
K-1 and K-2 made “A Valentine Hug for You!” craft. They cut out a circle and drew their face on it. They glued it to a red piece of paper. They added arms and folded them over to simulate a hug. They added hearts for the hands and wrote the message on another heart and glued it onto the body.
- did not have art class for the past two Thursdays.
- students made a “Bee Mine” Valentine craft. They cut, assembled and glued shapes to make a Bee for Valentines Day.
Second grade students traced and cut out two heart shapes of different sizes. They glued the smaller heart onto the larger heart. They trace and cut out their handprints and glued them onto the heart. They decorated the border of the Valentine with sequins and wrote “I Give You My Heart” on the smaller heart.
3-1 learned about the artist and artwork of Wassily Kandinsky. They cut and glued colored paper to make concentric circles that we will attach to our Kandinsky Tree for the upcoming Gala.
3-2 completed their Aurora Borealis project by cutting and gluing the mountain ranges from their painted papers. They used chalk pastels to make the Northern Lights in the sky.
Class 4-1 did not have art for the past two Thursdays.
Class 4-2 drew an African animal silhouette on a sheet of black paper. They cut it out and made patterns on it with oil pastels. They glued this shape onto the Adire Eleko was resist painting the made previously to complete the project.
Fifth grade students completed all unfinished snowman projects. They also learned about the Jamaican artist Bernard Hoyes. They viewed a short interview with the artist and saw some examples of his work. They drew a dancing lady in the style of the artist and used oil pastels to color their work.
Sixth Grade students continued to work with their groups on the Sarcophagus project.
Seventh grade students viewed examples of Claude Monet’s winter landscapes. We observed the colors used to create the shadows in the snow. The students began working on a Winter Birch Tree project. They used painter’s tape to make the tree outlines. They are creating a horizon line and shadows in the snow. They can use chalk pastels and/or watercolor paint to add the color.
8-1 did not have art class for the past two weeks.
8-2 continued to work on their pop art projects.