Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Bug's Life--More student work

A Bug's Life--4th Grade

Fourth grade artists created landscapes from a bug's point of view using a crayon resist and watercolors. The students worked with scale and tried to imagine how big the world would be to an insect.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Warm and Cool Hands-- Third Grade Art

Third grade used warm and cool colors and pattern to create these tempera paintings. The students viewed artwork by native people and how their hand print was not only a record of who they were or where they had traveled, but also a way to sign their art. The students each used their hand prints to sign their paintings.

Notice how the warm colors (red, orange, and yellow) advance and the cool colors (blue, green, and violet) recede?
This color effect creates an optical illusion. The boys and girls loved this trick of the eye! The boys and girls also learned how to "let their paintbrush do the work" while working with the cake tempera, a new medium for the third graders.

Friday, October 15, 2010


Come back next week! I'll be featuring work from 3rd and 4th grade!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lines and Colors and Shapes....Oh My!

First grade started their Barrows art experience learning about primary and secondary colors, geometric and free-form shapes, and line variety. The students incorporated these elements of art into an abstract painting. On day two of our painting we took a break from the painting process to conduct an art experiment. After reading the book, Mouse Paint, the boys and girls mixed cups of primary colored water to make secondary colors. They then had fun experimenting with mixing all three colors together.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Second grade paper sculptures

Second grade viewed stabiles by Alexander Calder. Stabiles are large, outdoor sculptures made from welded and riveted sheets of metal. The students constructed colorful sculptural "playgrounds" by folding, bending, twisting, and joining paper strips.

October Newsletter

Welcome to the Barrows Art October newsletter and my first blog! Please check in periodically as the format may change from a monthly newsletter to a more frequently updated blog. It's hard to believe that a month of school has passed and I am so pleased at the artwork the Barrows' boys and girls have been creating. Please read on to catch up on what each grade has been working on.....