Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Georgia O'Keeffe flowers

created by our lovely third graders...

Wow...this marking period is flying by!

We have been very busy this month finishing up our fundraiser projects for Art to Remember. I always like to get them out of the way early in the year. This year they took a long time because of our shorter art classes...but they are fabulous. I'll post some of them below.

In the Memorial Art Studio, students have been learning about making choices. We also are working towards behaving like artists. We've talked about how artists like to experiment sometimes with new subject matter, new ideas, new techniques and new art materials. We have several different stations set up for drawing. Our stencil station is definitely the most popular...but there has been some amazingly creative ideas generated at this station, especially in the past week as we are working more towards completing works of art, rather than just experimenting.

Last week, many classes had an additional station added to their choice time. This is the still life station and students are learning to observe and draw what they see. They are also learning that as an artist, they can make decisions about what they include or leave out of their drawings, and many have added backgrounds and details that they came up with on their own.

This is a bulletin board where I have just a sample of our third graders' artwork inspired by the flower paintings of Georgia O'Keeffee. I think these are amazing...and all so different. They really enjoyed working with oil pastels on this project.

You can see more on Artsonia in our school gallery! (Artwork will not be published until Thursday, 11/4/10).

One of the highlights of last week...I had one of my third graders tell me: "Mrs. Durocher, you inspire us to create great artwork." Totally made my day!