This past Friday was our annual “Together for TG” Art Auction! Above are images of each grade levels creations from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Each Toll Gate class worked collaboratively, with the knowledge that they were creating something special to contribute to our school fundraiser. These projects were created during art with the help of the following parent volunteers. A special thank you to Jennifer Mahan, Besty Gicquel, Cecile Boukhelifa, Wendy Deschapelles, Brogan Sanderson Bowden, and Ashley Ryan, and Kit Greener (a past TG parent) who helped guide our TG artists on this special creative journey. In addition to working collaboratively, students also worked independently to create works of art that celebrated and further explored that specific artist, art movement, and or medium. I just love that each student will be taking home a small piece of these special projects.
A huge thank you to Ashley Ryan and Betsy Gicquel, whose support, enthusiasm, and love for art helped make these past few months so special. Their planning and preparation, which started back in September, helped turn a vision for a “Together for TG” night into reality.
I’d also like to thank Mrs. O’Leary for photographing our creations! We wouldn’t have the beautifully documented images seen above if not for her expertise!
On a personal note, I’d like to thank my father, Lou Beck, whose expertise in masoniary helped guide all our mosaic creations.
I hope the families that have adopted these special works of art love them as much as the students that created them! Enjoy a look back at these wonderful works of art.
Take a look at this years Square 1 Art projects! They are just full of color and life! Coming home soon will be your child’s custom catalog featuring their artwork. Until than enjoy a sneak peak at each grade levels artist inspiration.
Here’s a look back at a 3rd grade project finished a couple weeks back. We began by looking at Paul Klee’s painting, “Goldfish”. This was a great lesson because it allowed us to review a lot of art elements and concepts. We begin day one by creating our center fish. Students use lines and shapes to make a realistic or fantasy fish in the center of their paper. We observed how Paul Klee used vivid, and bright colors to make his fish stand out from the background. We reviewed warm and cool colors and used them to create our fish and habitat. We also reviewed lines, patterns and shapes and used them to create visual texture in our fish.
On day two we focused on the smaller fish and plant life around the edges of the paper, creating a decorative border. We learned that Klee’s, “Goldfish” was painted using two kinds of paints: watercolor and oil paints. The watercolor allowed for thinner more translucent effects. The oil paints for thicker, more vivid colors. Instead of oil paints we used oil pastels to acquire the same painterly qualities. This allowed us to create a watercolor resist! Enjoy these fishy creations made by our 3rd grade artists.
Part of being a great artist is being able to observe and talk about art. We’ve gotten started many new units of study this year, by answering the following three questions; What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder?
This visual thinking routine has encouraged our artists to make thoughtful observations and interpretations when looking at art. I’ve also loved listening to our students develop their own ideas and questions about the art they are studying. It’s been a great lead into a new unit of study. In this case, it was Paul Klee’s, “Goldfish”. This was a great painting to study since there is so much mystery to it.
This is a lesson near and dear to my heart. This is the third year I’ve taught it, and it just keeps getting better! This year, our third grade artists choose the time of day they wanted to capture their falling leaves. Third time’s the charm! I just love the emotion and personality in each work of art!
Enjoy these beautiful falling leaves, created by our 3rd grade artists.
A batik is a traditional method of producing colored designs on textiles by applying wax and dye. Instead of using the traditional materials, we created our batiks by using crayons, oil pastels, tempera paint and white paper. We began by studying our leaves organic shapes and texture. We arranged our leaves so there was balance and harmony in our composition. The texture rubbing technique was used to create each leaves shape and veins. We used oil pastels to mix and blend colors inside the blade part of our leaves, making them look so realistic! Our 3rd graders did a wonderful job blending colors, creating values, and making their leaves look so delicate and beautiful.
We began the batik process by first wrinkling our papers into a ball, making sure that our artwork was on the inside. Carefully, we unfolded our paper and smoothed out the creases. Next, students brought their papers to the painting station, where they covered their whole paper with blue and purple tempera paint. Lastly, students brought their projects to the sink area, where we ran water over our paper and watched as the paint ran off our leaves. Our backgrounds (negative space) held the paint and made for a beautiful backdrop to our vivid fall leaves. Our 3rd graders captured all that is sweet and special about Fall, the slight breeze, rich color, and crisp air.
Our 3rd grade artists have been busy creating these colorful Mexican Folk Art Mirrors. Students used lines, shapes, and color to create their radial symmetry designs. We learned that radial symmetry designs radiate from a center point and looked at examples from nature and human-made objects. Our reflective center designs were created on Metal tooling foil. Our Mexican Folk art mirrors mark the first art project of the school year. They will soon be coming home! Look out for our autumn leaf batiks. They will soon fill our hallways.
Our final three collaborative murals are now complete! Take a look at the work of our Kindergarten, First, and Fourth Grade Artists. They used the elements of art to illustrate their grade levels character values.
Grade Four, Citizenship Kindergarten, Caring
Grade One, Fairness
It was so nice meeting my Monday classes yesterday, and finally getting to piece together our mystery murals. Students enjoyed working together to create one unified piece of art! I love the rainbow of color now filling the hallway outside the art room. Check out all six pillars of character!
The most colorful time of the year is upon us! To celebrate, here is a look back at last year’s mosaic mural project.
Our mosaic murals were inspired by what we see when looking out our window. Images of trees, native birds, and mammals are just a few of the images found throughout the mosaic. Each handmade tile was pieced together to create images of Fall and Spring.The quotes where chosen by last years 5th graders to fill in our blue skies. These words of wisdom and images of nature, act as symbols of growth, motivation, change, friendship, love, and success. Memory tiles frame our image and illustrate the passage of time from season to season and year to year.
“Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus
Calling all artists grades 3-5th! To celebrate NJ Walk & Bike to School Month, April 2015, Greater Mercer TMA is sponsoring a children’s bookmark design contest. Students can use their creativity and imagination to respond to the prompt, “My favorite place to walk/bike is..”
Please submit all entry forms to Mrs. Beck by March 15th. The winning design from each county will be printed and distributed to schools and local libraries in Mercer and Ocean Counties. A $50 gift certificate will also be rewarded to the winning student. For contest rules, as well as an entry form, click on the link below.
Our 3rd grade artists used their imagination, to illustrate these creative underground world drawings. We got started, creating a horizontal line that separated our above ground and below. Next, we created tunnels and rooms in our underground world. In the ground area around our tunnels, students used repeating lines to create patterns and textures. We studied pictures of soil, clay, bedrock, and ground water to create our repeating lines.
(Students using their sketches to create pattern and textures in their ground area)
Students then designed the rooms and creatures that might inhabit their underground worlds. Due to time, each class applied color to their underground worlds in a slightly different way. 3C used a warm or cool color scheme for their pattern and textures. Enjoy exploring the underground worlds of our 3rd grade artists.