Sunday, January 26, 2014

Why Fine Arts in Education?

Fine Arts education contributes to the school and community environment supporting quality of life. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Kindergarten and Texture

     We are working on TWO projects at once.... THAT'S HOW WE ROLL!  
Students are discussing the difference between visual texture and tactile texture. 

Learn with your student here! 
Discussing texture is a great way to expand your child's vocabulary. 

Texture is the element of art that refers to the way things feel, or look as if you could feel if touched (the illusion of touch).

Types of textures
Texture is the character of a surface and is both tactile and visual.
  • Tactile texture is the tactile quality of a surface, such as rough, smooth, sticky, fuzzy, soft or slick. A real texture is one you can actually feel with your hand, such as a piece of sandpaper, a wet glass, or animal fur. It also can be created by an artist by doing a collage.
  • Visual texture is a visual quality of a surface. It is the result from painting or drawing as the real texture.  Visual texture is an illusion of texture created by an artist. Paint can be manipulated to give the impression of texture, while the paper surface remains smooth and flat.   

When we are finished, we will have Texture Turtles and "Swedish" Fish. 
Turtle shells in the making and our first experience with clay!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Polar Bear Portraits...It's cold outside!

 3rd Grade

It's cold outside! Well, it was yesterday... or it will be tomorrow.  Either way, we have polar bears in our hallways in January. We learned two watercolor techniques in this project. My students had so much fun learning about the wet-in-wet and salt resist watercolor techniqes which you can see below without bears.  We pondered the question. "Why is it important to experiment with techniques in art?" I found an artist on Etsy which you can see above and in my post "Snow Days" or as the kids would say "They were ICE days Mrs. Richards!"  I really thought my students would enjoy this project and we decided to take it a step further adding scarves and hats.  We hope you enjoy!


I love how each bear has a different expression. 
We also adding stamping to some.