4th Grade

During October, 4th grade students will be engaged in a landscape unit where they will apply what they learned about landscape art and local artist Harold Gregor.  On October 18, they took a field trip to Downtown Bloomington where they visited Harold Gregor's gallery, viewed his artwork in person, and even got a chance to meet Mr. Gregor! Student's landscapes could be influenced by Harold Gregor, they could be realistic, or they could be abstract.  

Students learned about Surreal Artist Joan Miro and created their own surrealist work of art using Lines and Shapes, and finishing with the supply of their choice. Check out their finished artwork on Artsonia!

2016-2017 (3rd Grade)

This month students will learn about American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her beautiful abstract paintings of flowers, bones, and cityscapes.  After picking a painting that they particularly like, students will re-create the painting in a miniature size using clay.  This is one of my favorite projects of the school year, and the finished projects will be on display in time for the 3-4th grade Spring Concert in April. 

Students were introduced to living artist Ton Schulten and his beautiful, colorful landscapes created with bright blocks of color.  Students created their own landscape or cityscape using a similar technique and tempera paint.  

For Chinese New Year, third grade students make plum blossom art after learning the importance and symbolism behind them.  Plum blossoms are letting the Chinese people know that spring is on its way.  People in China use the plum fruits to make plum juice, plum sauce, and even pickled plums!  Student artwork can be found on the Artsonia student gallery.  


Third Grade Totem Poles 

 Third grade students are studying Native Americans in their regular classrooms.  In art class, we discussed totem poles of the Northwest Tribes, and learned about how and why they are made.  Students then had a choice when making their own totem pole.  They could create a complete totem pole using animal symbols similar to the Native Americans, or they could pick just one totem pole animal to be part of a collaborative grade level totem pole.  Students also had choice on supplies ranging from colored pencils to tempera paints. 


 For the Original Works Program, students were introduced to artist Claude Monet and his Impressionist style of painting.  He is one of the most well known artists and his Japanese Bridge paintings from his water lily pond are found all over the world's museums and galleries.  

Students used his style of painting to create their own Impressionist painting, using bright colors that blend on the paper.  This is one of my most favorite projects in third grade, they always do a wonderful job and I am blown away by their abilities and creativity!

Click here to see some examples of student artwork!

To learn more about Claude Monet and to see a collection of his paintings, click here

Third grade students started the year by reviewing patterns and reading "Pattern Fish" by Trudy Harris.   Students then created their own creature filled with different patterns using crayon and watercolor.  Some artwork was brought to Crumbaugh Library and is hanging in the newly remodeled children's area! Be sure to check them out next time you are there!

2015-2016 (2nd Grade)
Students were introduced to living artist Wayne Thiebaud and his paintings based on desserts: specifically cakes and pies.  Students created their own delicious treats and used crayons and watercolors to decorate them! Click on his name above to watch a video on Wayne Thiebaud!
Below are examples of his paintings and then some of the 2nd grade student's artwork in progress.


The Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Second Grade students are learning about Venice, Italy and have begun creating artwork inspired by what they learned through visiting the city on Google Earth, reading "Olivia Goes to Venice" by Ian Falconer, and by watching a short video on a family visiting Venice.  

Below are some examples from 2nd grade artists!