Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kinder Torn Paper Snowmen

Kinder students are making snowmen! We are using our fingers to tear paper instead of scissors. This gives the paper texture, somewhat like the texture ice crystals have.

2nd Grade Georgia O'Keeffe Flower Paintings

Second Graders are hard at work on their O'Keeffe flower paintings. After learning about the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, students created their own color wheels and mixed the intermediate colors: yellow-green, blue-green,blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange, and yellow-orange. Then students chose their favorite intermediate color to mix on their large flower petals.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fifth Grade Horse Sculptures

After learning about the artist Leonardo Da Vinci and his never-finished horse sculpture, students created their own horse sculptures out of clay. After firing the clay to the high temperature of 1,945 degrees Fahrenheit, students are painting glaze on their horses to add some color.

Monday, December 6, 2010

4th Grade Clay Milagros

Fourth Grade students are studying Folk Art from Mexico. Milagros are small metal pendants that represent a wish or a prayer. Milagros are found in many countries all around the world, including Peru, Greece, Italy, Morocco, and India, as well as many Latin American countries including Mexico. Students chose a wish they would like answered, and had to draw how they wanted to represent the wish as a milagro. Some students chose to symbolize their wish literally, while others used symbols to represent their wishes. In these photos students have already attached their second piece of clay to the larger piece using scoring and slip, and are drawing in texture, pattern and details using a clay needle tool. Check out their intricate details!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Third Grade Gyotaku Prints

Third Graders are learning about Gyotaku prints. Japanese fishers first started printing their fish to make a record of the type of species and the size over 100 years ago. Gyotaku printing is now considered a fine art, with many artist embellishing their prints with watercolor paint and other details. Here are third graders printing their fish prints. Next, we are going to add color with watercolor paint. Find out more about Gyotaku Printmaking at http://gyotaku.com/.

Friday, December 3, 2010

1st Grade Self Portrait Gadget Prints

First Graders are creating self portraits using cardboard, spools, marker tops, and bottle caps. They first carefully dip each gadget into paint, then stamp it onto their papers in the shapes for their face, eyes, hair and more. Lots of fun!