Welcome to the Jungle!

Posted: April 30th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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Kindergarten students took a trip to the jungle through the eyes of artist Henri Rousseau.  Although Henri Rousseau went to zoos and botantical gardens (a zoo for plants) to sketch animals and plants from life, he used his imagination when putting together his jungle landscapes.  Kindergarten artists used craypas and tempera paint cakes to create their backgrounds.  They discovered that the oil in the pastel craypas resists the watercolor paint, so you can paint right over your drawing and not ruin it!  We created our animals from a textured paper made by rolling a marble in tempera paint.  Basic shapes were cut from the paper and combined to make jungle animals.

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Owls

Posted: April 16th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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In second grade students study owls and birds in their science class.  We used their owl knowledge to draw owls.  Notice the different lines we used to create interest and texture!  The owls were drawn in chalk pastel, which was a new art medium for us.  It was messy and fun to work with!

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Eat a Rainbow Everyday!

Posted: April 16th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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Artists use art to send messages.  An art career that uses art and design to convey messages is a graphic designer.  In our school, we are trying to practice at eating right to develop healthy minds and bodies.  Eating a rainbow of foods everyday can help.  Students painted a fruit or vegetable of each rainbow color.  The student artists were only given primary colors plus black and white, so they needed to use their art skills and tools (color wheel) to remember how to mix the secondary colors.  All of the fruits and vegetables were then cut out and glued into a group mural of a rainbow.  One mural included cauliflower clouds as well because we decided that white veggies, like cauliflower, parsnips and potatoes, were not only delicious, but nutritious!

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Joan Miro Aliens

Posted: April 16th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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Joan Miro was a Spanish artist who used shape, line and color to create abstract paintings.  Students discussed his painting Boy and Dog in the Sun.  The painting inspired us to create alien drawings using a variety of space, line and color.  Student artists drew their aliens using crayons and textured rubbing plates.  Third and fourth graders are looking forward to Space Week in May and this project helped jump start their interest.

120 Comments | Filed under Curriculum Connections, Fourth Grade, Third Grade