Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fifth Grade Space & Perspective Project

Fifth Graders are creating their own art galleries. They are using perspective techniques to create the illusion of depth and space on a two-dimensional surface. Students are using all of the following techniques: scale, overlapping, converging lines, details, and color.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Kinder Free Form Shapes

Free form shapes are shapes from nature, and sometimes are also called organic shapes. Kinder students used crayons to rub leaf designs onto their papers. The next class we added paint, talking about how to care for our brushes as we worked.

3rd grade Radial Design

Third Graders are working on Radial Balance. Balance is one of the Principles of Design, and radial balance is usually a circular design that has two or more lines of symmetry. The stained glass image above is from Notre Dame church, and actually has many lines of symmetry, not just the two lines my students are showing with the yarn. Students are working hard drawing different shapes and lines to create their radial designs. They are now adding color with markers, which can be tricky since the color must be balanced as well! Here are some students working on their beautiful designs.

Fourth Grade House Sculptures

Fourth Graders are hard at work on their house sculptures. Constructing them out of cardboard, we are trying to build a stable structure that will stand on its own, but have a little "character" as well. Students are adding fun details such as windows, doors, chimneys, and will start using small wood pieces (toothpicks, Popsicle sticks) to add texture and variety. We're using a lot of glue for this project; "Dot, dot, not a lot" will not work to keep our house sticking together!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First Grade: Geometric Shapes

First Graders are reviewing the differences between geometric and free form shapes. We looked at several different artworks, including Lois Ehlert's "Circus" collage, so students could identify different geometric shapes in them. Then, we each created a geometric shape collage. Last, we talked about creating prints out of our collage by rubbing crayons across them to pick up the texture of the paper shapes underneath. Here are some first graders working on the rubbing prints of their geometric shape collages.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Kinder Collage

Kinder students are working hard on learning shapes and lines. On this day, students were adding details to their collages. We practiced cutting out shapes and lines and glued them to create a collage. We are also learning how to use our supplies correctly.