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The 2016-2017 school year has gotten off to an art-filled start!  As we approach the end of the first marking period I wanted to take some time to look back at the wonderful memories we have created together these past few months.

During our first 2 weeks together, students worked together to solve puzzles, crack codes, and complete a scavenger hunt, to find out the way of the way of the art room.

Once we knew the rules and routines of the art room we got started working on a collaborative mural. This rainbow of colorful selfies filled the hallway outside the art room for the first 3 weeks of school. Grades 1-5 created a Mono Chromatic self-portrait using one color and many values. This mural provided so much color to the hallways and students loved finding their selfie and sharing them with their friends and families.

It’s always a special time of the year, preparing for the arrival of all of you. In addition to my excitement meeting new students and  welcoming back old  ones, I was also excited to share new visuals, materials, and technology tools. With the delivery of a much anticipated document camera I got busy semi flipping the classroom and how I gave instructions and demoed lessons.

The addition of a brand new ELMO document camera has allowed me the ability to record demonstrations and edit  and create videos to introduce projects and lessons each week. These videos are then presented on our smart board at the beginning of each art class. Students have loved this new routine as it has made viewing instructions easier, transitions smoother, and projects fun and interactive. These videos have made introducing artists, cultures, techniques, and skills, meaningful and engaging. Here is small glimpse into what one of these videos looks like. Click on the link below to see day 2 of a Second Grade lesson of Wassily Kandinsky.

Kandinsky line painting, 2nd Grade

These last few months we have been busy observing, discussing, and creating visual art. Many of these projects have since found there way home or are currently on display in the hallways of TG where they have been enjoyed and celebrated.


More new things.. 
This year we will be exploring a school wide theme in art. During the course of a year, each grade level will create a work of art inspired by the art and culture of Mexico. So far 5th grade has created Sugar Skulls inspired by die de Los Muertos, 3rd grade is currently creating a Marigold still life, and 4th graders are about to start a lesson on Mexican tiles using the printmaking process.

Stay tuned for what the rest of TG will be creating inspired by Mexican Art history and culture. It’s been fun creating units of study around the theme of Mexican art and its  vibrant colors and rich history.

Make sure to Follow our TG Art blog or tweet me @MsBeckGatorArt to see what we are creating in Room 112.

Enjoy these seasonal art projects created by Grades 1-5. Happy Autumn!

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. 

 

Flowers, 2nd Grade

Happy Spring! 

Enjoy this Spring inspired project created by our 2nd Grade Artists!  Students were introduced to the work of Andy Warhol, through the use of an Emaze presentation.  Students learned the history of Andy Warhol and how he became the Prince of POP! After introducing students to the artist students used art criticism to answer questions, “What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder? when looking at his,“Flower” print.

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Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964. 

We also watched a neat video on Pop Art that my second graders just loved!

We got started by creating our grassy background. Students used repetition in lines to imitate the grass seen in Andy Warhol’s Flowers. Our second graders used a variety of lines (tall, thin, thick, wavy, straight) to create their grassy  texture. They also played with different  values of green and blue oil pastels to create depth, highlights, and shadows.  Next, we used our mop brush to paint green and black liquid watercolor over our entire paper. We learned that this is called a resist or as I like to call magic

On day two, we used simple shapes to draw flowers. Students drew their flowers on a small 4”x 4” piece of paper. These were then transferred to a Styrofoam board.  I have to give a big shout out to Cassie Stephens for her awesome printmaking techniques and videos! We traced over their lines two times to create an imprint in the foam. We used two different color pens to keep track of where we have been and to make our lines were deep enough. Next, we cut out our flower shape and prepared to print!  Next class students will be using the printmaking process to print their flower 2 to 4 times. Students use their knowledge of warm and cool colors and friendly colors. Students enjoyed taking turns at the printmaking station and pulling multiple prints (copies) of their flowers just like Andy Warhol did! I just love this lesson and couldn’t wait to blog about it. Inspiration for this lesson came from Deep Space Sparkle! 

FullSizeRender-42B’s Flowers are currently on display outside the cafeteria, just in time for spring! I couldn’t wait to get these artworks back from Square 1 art so that I could put them out on display for all to see and enjoy.

Square 1 Art

Dear Families,

By now, you should have received your child’s personalized order form and stickers. I hope you are as excited about your child’s artwork as much as they are!

All orders are due Monday, March 28th.  Act now to receive *free shipping, which is only available during the fundraiser sale.

Three Easy Ways to Order: 

  1. Online: www.Square1Art.com/Shop
  2. Phone: 888-332-3294
  3. Paper Order Form on the back of your child’s custom catalog

Remember, your child’s access code is located on their catalog.

*All orders ship to the school.

Together, we can help support the school, build your child’s self-esteem and create lasting keepsakes from your child’s artistic achievements.

Tints and Shades, 2nd Grade

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  Especially ice cream cones made 6 scoops high with tints and shades and a cherry on top!

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This deliciously fun art project was created by our SWEET Second Graders! This lesson was inspired by one I found on Pinterest!  Here is the link! Our Second graders loved this lesson from start to finish.

We got started this lesson by created value using one color! After choosing an ice cream flavor, students got started mixing white (tints) and black (shades) to their color (hue) to create a value scale. Here is a look at our second graders creating their color value scales.

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On our second meeting day, we cut out our cone and ice cream scopes. We arranged our scopes from light (top) to dark (bottom) and collaged them onto our white background paper. We made them overlap and some even made their ice cream look melty or wiggly. Once our 6 scopes were glued down, students could add decorative toppings! Hole punches and scrap paper were used to create colorful or chocolate sprinkles. Don’t forget the cherry on top!

Enjoy our Tints and Shades with a Cherry on Top!

We all wanted to make a trip to Uncle Ed’s Creamery  for some homemade ice cream after this lesson!

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!

Falling Leaves, 3rd Grade

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.

Exploring Lines, Kindergarten

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Can you guess the element of art our Kindergarteners have been busy exploring? If you thought lines, you are correct!  Our Kindergarten friends have been learning all about lines. Our unit on line got started with a special poem titled, “Larry the Line”.  You can find this wonderful poem on Cassie Stephens art blog! After learning the words and the hand motions to the poem, students got to meet Larry (the stuffed animal snake) and practice creating lines with his body. We put all our knowledge to great use when we began creating our hot air balloons. We used a variety of lines (vertical, diagonal, horizontal, spiral, curved, and angle lines) to decorate the inside of our balloon shape. Next, we explored color and learned how to use our paint brushes like a ballerina, (on their toes not on their bottoms).After being introduced to tempera paint, students began adding colors to their hot air balloons to make them look realistic. We decorated squares with vertical and horizontal lines to make them look like realistic baskets. After cutting and attaching string, Kindergarten was ready for take off. Art has been such a sweet adventure with TG’s youngest artists! Oh the places you’ll go in ART!

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Check out our first project of the school year, now on display outside the  cafeteria. We are currently learning about shapes and have been busy creating Indian corn, leaves, and Monsters. Stay tuned for those projects. They just went home with your budding artist!

The sky’s the limit!