Square 1 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.

Kindergarten visits the Art Room!

Our Kindergarteners recently visited the art room for a special Square 1 Art project. I look forward to this special project every year because it’s my first time working with our Kindergarten artists. For this project, students used line, shape, pattern and color to create a heart shape masterpiece!  It was so much fun using vivid translucent watercolors over our crayon patterns and seeing them resist.  I loved our time together exploring materials, talking, and creating art.

Here is a sneak peak at our first art adventure together.

I loved getting to meet and work with Toll Gate’s youngest artists. They brought so much color and creativity to the art room. I’m looking forward to continuing our creative journey together in first grade. Your child’s personalized packet and free stickers should be arriving home next week!

Thank you Ms. Schlette and Ms. Seery for sharing your creative Kindergarteners with me. : )

1st Grade Square 1 Art

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A collection of work by 1D 

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 Raina 1D

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Pasquale 1D

My First Graders have brought so much cheer to the art room with these textured flower collages.  Grade One used a painting technique called double-loading to create two sheets of paper using both warm and cool colors. On our warm color sheet we drew fun, creative flowers using lines, shapes, and patterns. Once complete we began cutting our flowers out and gluing them down to our cool color paper. We completed class on Thursday by “filling a friends bucket” with words of kindness. 1D loved sharing what they liked about a classmates work.  We love celebrating each other in art. My First Graders filled my bucket this week!