4th Grade

Together for TG, Art Auction

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.

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. 

 

4th Grade, Roman Mosaics

Take a look at these beautiful Roman inspired mosaics made by our 4th grade artists. A mosaic is the art of creating  images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. We looked at how the Romans and other ancient people made these elaborate mosaics. We observed how they might have been used to make a counter top or a wall or even the whole floor of a room. Roman mosaics were practical because they were easy to wash and helped to keep the house cool. They were also beautiful. The Romans loved to combine a practical purpose with wonderful art. Our 4th graders worked individually to create beautiful mosaic birds or flowers. They also worked collaboratively for a number of weeks this winter to piece together images of olive trees and irises inspired by Vincent Van Gogh.  A special thanks to Mrs. Mahan and Mrs. Ryan for assisting  our 4th graders on this special artist journey. These mosaic masterpieces will be on display in the gym from 3:30-4:00 next Tuesday, March 15th for a “Together for Toll Gate” preview. They will be going to the art auction Friday, March 18th. I just love love these mosaics and will miss seeing them in the art room everyday.

These chosen mosaics were inspired by the following Vincent Van Gogh paintings; Orchard with Blossoming Trees, 1888, Olive Orchard mid-June 1889, and Irises, 1889

Birch Trees, 4th Grade

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This 4th grade art lesson began with an Emaze presentation!! This amazing visual experience gave us a up close and personal look at Gustav’s Klimt’s, Birch Trees series! We really felt like we were walking around an art gallery looking at the work of this famous artist! We used our observational skills to answer the following questions, what do you see? What you think? What do you wonder?

Gustav Klimt

After answering questions, we discussed how artists create a sense of space in landscapes. We observed that things closest to us were darker, more detailed, and larger in size. The opposite was true about things further away. They appeared lighter and smaller in size.

Day 1 got started with a demo using different sized masking tape to block off our birch trees and create our realistic background. In order to make sure our tape wasn’t too sticky, we used lint from our clothing, to take some of the stick off. We also created and illusion of depth by making our trees thicker in the foreground and thinner in the middle and background. Next, we created a horizontal line that separating our sky from our ground. We used warm and cool   watercolors to bring our landscape to life. We practiced different watercolor techniques like wet-into-wet, dry brush, and lifting.  If there was time, students could remove their tape from their birch trees shape.

On Day 2, we focused on creating the textures observed in the fallen leaves and birch tree. We learned how to reuse old credit cards as stamps, dipping them in black tempera paint and scrapping them on our birch trees shape.  This created the black and gray horizontal marking found on real birch trees. Lastly, we used our paint brushes to create quick dashes of autumn colors for our fallen leaves.  This texture was similar to the the one found in Gustav’s Klimt’s, Birch Forest I.  I’ve been wanting to do a birch tree art lesson for years and this one did not disappoint! It was so much fun from start to finish. These autumn landscapes are just fantastic!

Our autumn birch trees are currently outside the art room! They have gotten a lot of attention from parents, staff, and students  walking by!

Keith Haring inspired Figures, 4th grade

These Keith Haring action poses were created by our fantastic fourth grade artists. We began the year by using Keith Haring’s iconic style and images to review our art room rules, create a collaborative mural, and make 4 dynamic action poses.

IMG_7556We did some practice drawings in our sketchbooks to get us familiar with Keith Haring’s distinct style. These colorful and dynamic works of art are currently on display outside the art room.

We learned how to draw a Keith Haring figure by first creating a stick figure and then giving it body! After drawing an outline around the stick figure, we erased our original “skeleton” lines. We practiced drawing light and filling our space with an exciting action pose. Later, students mixed and applied tempera paint to create flat areas of color similar to that of Haring’s work. Do you notice the use of complementary colors? Students used contrasting colors in two of their four action compositions. 4M created one action composition due to time. We completed this project by using our sharpie markers to outline our dynamic figures and create expression lines. Students used bold lines and vivid colors to bring their Keith Haring inspired figures to life. I have a new found love for Keith Haring’s art.

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Character Counts!

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.

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Grade Four, Citizenship                                            Kindergarten, Caring 

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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! 

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Moving forward, looking back

Goodbye Summer. Hello Autumn. 

 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.

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IMG_7453“Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus

Art Contest, Grades 3-5

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.

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Entry forms can be downloaded here, or picked up in the art room!

4th Grade, Mandalas in the Making

Here is a sneak peak at the marvelous mandalas, our 4th grade artists have been busy created. We are currently in the final stage of the printmaking process. Students are finally seeing their designs come to life in color, shape, and  space.  Students have been busy the past couple weeks creating their mandala designs and tracing them onto styrofoam plates. The process of creating multiple impressions of one image, made the printmaking process so magical and fun.  I have enjoyed watching our 4th grade artists work together to create each of their 4 prints.

printmaking stationOur new printmaking station (my desk) 

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The printmaking process

Our relief prints were created by transferring ink from our styrofoam plate to our prepared paper.  Impressions were pressed onto hand painted watercolor paper. Students created their abstract backgrounds using liquid watercolor, in either a warm or cool color scheme. When cut out and assembled,  our 4 ‘limited addition” prints, created one mandala.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Finished Mandalas, created by 4We and 4F, on display now!