Miss Katie's Art Class

Summer School Art Class: Week #2

Posted on: July 18, 2011

Wow! The first week of art classes went very quickly — and now we’ve finished the second week! The fourth and fifth grade students had a lot of fun finishing their Shrinky Dink project. I took a slight detour and decided to change the lesson from being centered around Gee’s Bend Quilts to lettering and typography, but the students didn’t seem to mind too much, and created some beautiful, wearable artwork in the process!

The first, second and third graders all got a chance to work on HUGE pieces of watercolor paper and use some tools that were new to them; rulers, protractors and compasses. We used the artwork of Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) as our inspiration. She and her husband, fellow artist Robert Delaunay (1885-1941), were influential in creating the small art movement known as Orphism. Orphism was heavily rooted in Cubism, but favored the more colorful palette of the Fauvists. Sonia used bright colors and simple geometric shapes to communicate the meaning of her art to the viewer. As her work matured, recognizable subject matter all but disappeared in her compositions of line, shape and color.

The kindergarten students got to learn and practice with one of the most important tools that we will be using in the art room, scissors. I taught the “Shred Lesson”! We talked about how sharp scissors can be, and learned how to handle them very safely, how to hold them when we cut, what we can and cannot cut, then we practiced with our scissors, cutting small pieces of paper into teeny, tiny pieces of paper. Then we made a HUGE MESS, throwing all of our teeny, tiny pieces of paper up into the air! We covered the floors, tables and chairs in confetti paper cuttings! It was BEAUTIFUL! The art room became the home of a very temporary, one-of-a-kind art installation by the new kindergarteners! At the end of our lesson, we learned how to make sure that the art room cleaned-up and the tools and supplies put away once we’re finished with our lesson. The kindergarten students did a great job of cleaning up too!

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