First Graders are learning about color theory and mixing colors in their classroom and in the art studio. Their Classroom teacher is working with them on a project inspired by the work of Sol Lewitt and in the art studio we are discussing the work of Josef Albers.
We began our Albers study today by reading An Eye for Color.
After a quick demonstration we divided up into pairs. Each pair received two sheets of 24" X 36" paper and a huge mixing tray with primary colors and three paint brushes. Working together, and using squares and rectangles for our exploration, we tried to mix as many distinct colors as we could.
We're off to a great start. We'll finish next week.
In keeping with our number theme, First Graders have created beautiful mixed media works in the style of Jasper Johns. I cut out and created these number sheets and showed the students different ways of using the stencils. They could trace. They could make rubbings, or they could draw their own numbers. I asked them to be sure to fill their paper with numbers. We used crayons for stage one.
Next we decorated with oil pastels.
We finished up with tempera cakes.
Great work First Graders!
(The second half-group's work will be posted next week after they've had a chance to visit the Art Studio.)
The First Grader's at St. T's study Jazz and the music of North America in their classroom. In the Art Studio, we study the visual artists of North America. This spring we have been painting giant flowers in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe. We begin our exploration by reading the book: My Name is Georgia, by Jeanette Winter.
We want our flowers to be HUGE, so we each begin with a piece of white paper 24" X 36". The First Graders are almost as big as these paintings!
I give them a demonstration in blending one color of wet paint with another. Each of us chooses one color to have on our palette which we will blend with white. After looking through flower catalogs and describing the early spring flowers that we have seen around our school and at home, we sketch out the shapes of our petals. We make them big, big, BIG. So big that they don't even fit on our huge paper!
Then, using one brush, we outline the petals with either the white or the colored paint. We use the other puddle of paint to fill in the petals, always pulling our brushes in the directions that the petals would grow from the center of the flower.
We stop here! and wait till next week when our paint is dry and WON'T blend with the details we add to the centers and backgrounds.
After reading Miss Rumphius,
and re-examining the flowers catalogs, with particular attention to the centers of the flowers, we choose bright colors and fancy up our paintings from the center out.
The finishing touch is the green paint we add to define the edges of the petals.