Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

Monday, March 30, 2015

Blog Posts Paused because......

......the Zilker Student School-wide Art Show is opening in less than two weeks!  

I am super busy getting artwork mounted to banners like in the photo below:

I'm also mounting artwork and adding names to other works that will be on bulletin boards.  Ms. Wilson, our traveling art teacher, is hard at work too.

I haven't forgotten about updating our blog....just busy getting all of the outstanding art ready for the art show!! Almost 500 students is A LOT OF ARTWORK!!

 The Art Show Opening is Friday, April 10 at 5:30 pm, coinciding with Zilker's Talent Show, so I hope to see a lot of you there!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kinder Fish Sculptures

Remember this post from a few weeks ago? 


Check out the finished Kinder Fish Sculptures that are brightening the Art Room Hallway!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

AustinISD District Art Show Participants

 March is Youth Art Month, and in AISD we celebrate by displaying student art in the District wide Art Show!  This year we were able to display in our brand new Performing Arts Center building. It is always so difficult to pick just a few artists to represent Zilker, and that is why I have a School-wide Art Show in April every year, so I can display EVERYONE'S Art!  I wasn't able to see every student who made it there on Sunday, March 8 (it was so crowded!), but here are a few of the amazing artists who represented Zilker this year in the district art show:

A big thank you to families who made it out to the Opening despite the rain!

Monday, March 9, 2015

2nd Grade Kandinsky-inspired Weavings

Second grade artists learned about the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky and looked closely at his use of line on his abstract artworks.  Then students took a line "for a walk" and created a linear design with a black crayon.  We added textures with texture rubbings after deciding upon a cool color or warm color scheme.  Then we created a loom for weaving by carefully cutting five slits into our papers.   Students began weaving the opposite color scheme into their looms with strips of paper.  Using a white crayon, students added texture to a black piece of construction paper, and glued their paper weavings to this to create a frame.  Last, students added more lines around the border with oil pastels.

Monday, March 2, 2015

1st Grade Abstract Paintings

First Grade art students are learning brush techniques in painting.  Students first learned about the different parts of a paintbrush:
Students practiced just using the "toe" of the bristles to create a very thin line.  Then we practiced painting with the heel and toe, gently pressing down all the bristles to make a really thick line.  Students were amazed that they could paint such different lines with the same brush! After practicing painting different kinds of lines, students then practiced painting large shapes with solid colors.

Next, students tried out painting shapes or lines on top of colors.  It was a fun experiment to see which colors could show up on top of the painted backgrounds. The final touch was adding a few lines around the border, and painting their names.  To see them all, check out our online students art gallery at Artsonia:   http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=926366