Tuesday, November 17, 2015

4th grade - Pumpkins Close Up

I had a feeling our 4th graders would do an amazing job on these.

Good thing we painted them on canvas!

We started this lesson by painting the canvas orange. Rather than randomly brushing on the paint, students were encouraged to put thought into their brush strokes. You can see the brush strokes even when painting a single solid color. Notice how the orange strokes help inform the shape of the subject.

Check out those bold highlights! 


Sunday, November 8, 2015

7th grade - Two Point Perspective

Using two point perspective, students in 7th grade are designing their ideal shopping plaza. They may design any type of stores that they are interested in. For example: clothing outlets, sports memorabilia, restaurants, etc. The stores can be real or their own idea for a business.

Check out the progress!

More photos to come!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

6th Grade - Andy Warhol Self-Portraits!

 Marilyn Diptych

Students in 6th grade are creating self-portraits inspired by the art of Andy Warhol.

To create four identical images, students used tracing paper and transfered the same drawing in each corner.

Now students are used non-representational colors to paint their self-portraits.

They are coming along nicely!

Check them out!


Saturday, October 31, 2015

4th grade Werewolf Portraits

Drawing a face can be very difficult. In 4th grade students learned techniques that make drawing a face fun and simple.

Features were drawn in sharpie, then students used watercolor paints for the finished the piece.

Watercolor can be very difficult to control, but the students did a great job!  Check them out!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

3rd grade - Self-Portrait Playing Cards

In 3rd grade students learned about the history of playing cards.

Students used colored sharpies to design custom playing cards. The cards were designed to be a self-portrait that also shows their interests.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Emoji Pumpkins!

Students learned about the visual language of emoji icons!

Emoji icons are a way to show your feelings through a language based on visual symbols that could be used by people of all backgrounds, ages, and levels of ability.

The students at St. Mark made their own Emoji Pumpkins!

Check them out!

We did this project with all grade levels. However, the 4th grade also wrote short stories in their art journals using emoji icons. 

Here are a few!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

4th Grade - Art Journals

 At St. Mark School all students in 4th grade keep an Art Journal. Each week the students have a written assignment related to the project or topic we are studying. This allows the students to continue their art education outside of the art room!

The art journal is about expression, emotions and thoughts, both written and visual.

Check out these first journal entries!





Monday, September 28, 2015

3rd Grade - Autumn Foliage

Check out these beautiful trees created by our 3rd grade!

We used colored tissue paper to put FOLIAGE in our trees. Crinkling the paper made it feel like real autumn leaves!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Water Rockets! - 7th Grade

The 7th grade students at St. Mark school designed water bottle rockets!

We tested each rocket with different shaped tail fins and nose cones to see how well they would fly. 

It was interesting to see how the artistic design decisions that the students made influenced the aerodynamics and flight of the rockets.


 Check out some of these awesome designs!
(there are more in the video too)