4th Grade, Recycled Robot Sculptures

Fourth Grade students just finished creating these unique/one of a kind, recycled robots!  We began by learning about robots, what they are, how they function, and what they are made from. Students designed their robot “prototype” with a specific function in mind. They turned their working drafts into 3D sculptures. Our 4th Grade artists were encouraged to use as many recyclable materials as possible in their creations. They were also challenged to create a sculpture that did not exceed 8’x 8″ 8″.  Students have been cutting, layering, bending, twisting, and attaching their recyclable pieces for the past few weeks. Take a look at their finished sculptures! Fourth grade really loved working on this PBL lesson!

On our last meeting day, students participated in a post-it note critique. Students enjoyed sharing their creations with their classmates.

3rd Grade Art Exhibition

Our 3rd graders did a fantastic job showcasing their artistic creations at their gallery show yesterday. They presented their fish and biography works of art to parents, staff and students. I’m so proud of our 3rd grade artists! I have so loved collaborating with our 3rd grade teachers on this exciting science/ art/ writting project! An earlier post showcased a sneak peek at our recyclable creations. Now, take a look at our finished fish! fish Display 1 Fish display 2 fish display 3 Students designed a fish inspired by four adaptations, body shape, mouth, coloration, and reproduction. Students began by collected plastic recyclables to reuse in the creation of their fishes body.  Next, we used cardboard to create details like fins as well as a mouth. Thirdly, we layered plaster wrap over our fishes form to make them sturdy and ready for color. Lastly, we used different painting techniques to create our fish’s coloration.  Each fish was fashioned with features best suited to help it survive in their aquatic habitat. Arn’t they fantastic!

3rd Grade Happenings

An oldie but goodie, these clay dragons were created by our 3rd grade artists back in January! In celebration of finding my missing camera card, I thought I would share these gems! Enjoy the creativity of our terrific third grade artists!

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Currently, we are working 3 dimensionally, this time using recyclables and plaster wrap to create fanciful fish!  I have so loved collaborating with our 3rd grade teachers on this exciting science/ art project! Here is a sneak peek! We will be adding coloration later this week and into next!

4th Grade, Cake Slices

Grade Four turns cake into an art form!


4th Grade takes the cake.. for their recent creations! For the past two art projects we have centered on cake as our subject matter.  And what’s not to love about cake, from the taste, to the nostalgia, even the role of cakes on TV shows. Baking cakes has truly become an art form.

         Before we created our cakes in the round, we worked two dimensionally, using oil pastels to blend and create value in our compositions. We looked at the work of artist Wayne Thiebaud and tried to mirror his style and realistic renderings of everyday objects.

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We used our cake creations as inspiration, however this time we focused on just a slice, and creating it three dimensionally. The icing on the cake was getting to work with CLAY!  Students combined and expanded upon prior clay skills like slab building, coiling, and joining clay using the score and slip method. Next came the decorations! Some students found inspiration from shows like Ace of Cakes, choosing a theme or characters, while others created cakes for special occasions like birthdays or even weddings.

Cake slices that look so real… you just want to take a bite out of them!

Robots in Outer Space, 2nd Grade

Our Second Graders created these lovable, robot in outer space, a couple weeks back. This project tied in perfectly with their study on the earth, moon and stars.

Aren’t they totally out of this world, AWESOME!

I found this lesson last year in a School Arts Magazine, the title of the project was “Building a Better Robot”. This lesson is one of my favorites to teach, because it combines my love of  printmaking and painting. Our 2nd graders, built their robot, using cool objects like legos, bottle caps, cardboard, straws, and tooth picks, to name a few. When these objects were dipped in white paint, and pressed against black paper, they created a print. They combined shapes and lines to create their own original robots. Next, we envision where our robot would live. Using our imaginations, students got to work drawing planets (familiar and unknown), constellations, the sun, moon, rockets, space shuttle, and comets.  I was pretty impressed with how much our second graders know about astronomy.

We discussed questions like;

  • What are robots?
  • What are they made out of? 
  • What kinds of shapes do you see in robots? 
  • What functions can they have? 

Students used their imaginations to create unique robots with special functions. They gave their robots names, thought about their function in the world, and where they might live.  2B-D we even had time to write short stories, in robot font, to go along with their creations. 3D-O’s were used to create dimension and make our robots stand out against our colorful, sparkly backgrounds. This was the first time we used glitter liquid watercolors in the art room and they were a hit. Even my, not so glitter loving self, was excited! You can expect to see these creations in your second graders backpack any day now.

Winter’s Wonderful Work

Take a look at winter’s wonderful work, captured by our 5th grade artists.

We got started, by examining photographs of snowflakes, taken by scientist, Wilson Bentley, also known as, “The Snowflake Man.” When we studied snowflakes up close, we noticed how intricate and unique they are. We were amazed to find, how many different types of snowflakes there are, and how these tiny particles come to be. We learned that while their hexagonal shape and six sides stay the same, the details of their overall structure varied. Here is an incredible time-lapse video of how a snowflake is formed. What an art form! We created our 3 dimensional snowflakes by using Popsicle sticks for the arms and aluminum foil to create the wintery feel and sparkle. Our 6-sided snowflakes, demonstrate our understanding of radial or rotational symmetry.

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“Splendid snowflakes” 

Our 5th graders used color to create feelings of excitement and warmth or calm, and coolness. Using warm or cool colors, students got to work, creating snowflake designs as unique and special as the artists that created them. It was neat seeing our snowflakes transform through color, pattern, and unique shapes.

“Nature has been mastering itself for some time now, and it is an honor to be able to capture its beauty.” – Justin Beckett 

3C’s, 3D Flower Still-lifes

3rd Graders in Ms. Cohn’s class just finished these beautiful 3 dimensional flowers in a vase. Take a look!

flowers 3rd displayWe began by learning that a still life is an arrangement of inanimate objects, such as fruit or flowers. We even looked at a famous flower painting by Vincent Van Gogh titled, Sunflowers. In addition to creating 3 dimension on a 2 dimensional surface, students also worked in the round to create flowers that actually came out into space.

We began by learning how to create a 3D sunflower using Model Magic. Students used a bowl to create the shape and tools to create texture. Once complete, students moved on to creating 3 other flowers of their choice. They could be as imaginative or realistic as they wanted. Our 3rd graders rendering their vases and backgrounds with chalk pastels using lights and darks in their design to create form and depth. They experimented with color blending to create value both with chalk pastels and acrylic and tempera cakes. A collection of still life’s are currently on display outside the art room! Enjoy


Tubular Castles, 3rd Grade

3rd graders began this lesson by looking and studying castles. We answered questions like;

  1. What are castles?
  2. What were castles made out of and why?
  3. Name castle features and why they are important.
  4. Where would castles be located?

With this knowledge, students got started creating their backgrounds. First, we created our sky by blending 3 colors to create a gradient. Once dry students created clouds using white paint. To create depth, we learned that our clouds needed to get small as they got closer to our horizon line. Next, students drew hills on different color green construction papers. We gave these texture by scrunching and wrinkling our paper, laying it flat, and going over our hills with chalk pastels. Once our background was complete, students got to work creating their 3 Dimensional castles. We reused paper towel rolls to create our tubular castles. Students pinched, cut, and bent pieces of cardboard tubes to create details like battlements, a drawbridge, and arrow slits. These turned out so cool! I love all the details students added to accent their fantasy castles. Inspiration for this lesson came from Cassie Stephens Art Blog. Enjoy the selected work from 3C and 3M.