Lauren a senior at Marblehead High School, a member of the National
Art Honor Society and (my oldest daughter) spends the day helping create mural sized reproductions of
Bell School art student dinosaur designs for our up coming 2014 Winter
Lauren working from 3rd graders original drawing creating a large sketch on black paper.
Teaching the process of paper mache is always an interesting undertaking in any elementary school art classroom. My first couple of years of teaching I tried various paper mache projects but it was always a huge undertaking with 25 kids in a class. After many years have finally come to embrace the process. This year I started paper mache with my 1st grade classes. I combined this project with a PTO enrichment program on Birds of Prey. The kids saw owls first hand during the presentation. Making a connection with live owls their sculptural art was a great experience. And paper mache is a wonderful medium to address many of the elements and principles of art and design.
The elements are: line, shape, color, texture, space, and form.
The principles include: pattern, balance, contrast, unity, variety, rhythm, movement, and emphasis.
Our owls were created from recycled materials, acrylic paint, and model
magic. Donated newspaper, paper towels, aluminum foil and black pins
make up the recycled elements. Students use painted paper for feathers
to create texture and depth. Here are some of our owls from my first two
classes that completed their owls. I just love these.
following students from Mrs. Nohelty's art classroom have been selected
to be exhibited at the bi-annual Marblehead Public School Art
Exhibition at the National Grand Bank on Pleasant Street in Marblehead.
The work showcases student work from K-12 art students in the MPS. Work
selected will be on display from November 2013 until March 2014.
Students left to right: Remington Tilkens, Theo Scola, Evan Manning, Caroline Janney,
Hundertwasser is one of my favorite lessons so far this year. During the fall I was enrolled in a visual art course for art educators. In one of the units on color theory for elementary art I came across this awesome lesson by Patty at Deep Space Sparkle. This lesson was originally created for 5th grade but my Bell 3rd graders were well up to the challenge and accomplished some very visually appealing work.
The lessons main concept was to develop the students understanding of warm and cool color palettes, patterns, lines, composition and abstract imagery. It also has strong art history component by introducing art students to Hundertwasser (1928-2000), "a visionary and responsible creator, who mobilized the power of his art in order to spread his message for a life in harmony with nature and the individual creativity. Hundertwasser was a symbolic figure for a non-conformist way of life, a forerunner of environmental protection and an ambassador for a self-determined alternative existence."
A wonderful resource for students is Harvesting Dreams: Hundertwasser Kids by Barbara Stieff and Hundertwasser (Taschen 25th Anniversary) by Harry Rand.
3rd Grade Students at Work 2013 - Hundertwasser Lesson
A First Grade Lesson in the rainbow order of color hues.
A rainbow spans a spectrum of colors which the human eye translates to color vision. In the acronym Roy G. BiV, the colors are arranged in a rainbow order of decreasing wavelengths, beginning with red and ending in violet. The kindergarteners develop "Roy" with painted Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet tempera colors. The painted sheets are cut to construct "Roy's" hair and bowtie.
Throughout the course of the school year, every class from Kindergarten to Third grade meets once a week for 45 minutes in the art classroom. Bell Students will have art for approximately 12 art classes each grading period.
The program is designed to provide an enriching Fine Art experience for every student regardless of their skill-level, talent, or aptitude. All students have the opportunity to create and participate in an individualized yet cooperative artistic environment.
In the Bell Elementary art program we focus on creativity and expression of individual artistic accomplishment. The students, regardless of age, are encouraged to engage in the visual arts while working within the structure and expectations of the Marblehead Public School Fine Arts Curriculum, and the Massachusetts State Visual Arts Educational Frameworks. Art lessons within the Bell School program are developed with a strong emphasis age appropriate artistic skills while integrating the theories of Elements and Principals around Art and Design.Students are graded according to their willingness to participate, age appropriate visual art skill sets and classroom behavior.