Thursday, October 6, 2016

Japanese Tea Cups

After looking at some beautiful Japanese tea cups and discussing how they differ from our tea cups and coffee mugs (no handles, cylindrical, thin) 5th grade created their own cups from clay. They did a wonderful job forming their tea cups and making them nice and smooth.

Once the clay dried, we used paint to add color and details. They were encouraged to use designs from examples of Japanese artworks (cherry blossoms, koi fish, kanji, etc.). So pleased with the results! Some day we will have a kiln and will be able to make real ceramic projects that we can drink out of. So if you are a parent visiting our page, please note that this is air dry clay and is NOT food safe. As I have informed the children, if you try to drink from these, you will get a mouth full of mud and paint. It is not advisable. :D 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cactuses & Patterns

1st grade took their knowledge of patterns and colors to create these amazing Mexican cactus paintings! We started with a guided drawing to create the pot and different kinds of cactuses. We added patterns to the flower pot and outlined everything with Sharpie to make our lines bold. After that, we viewed different skies from photographs and tried to recreate what we saw. Thank you Jamestown Elementary blog for the inspiration! 

Oaxacan Animals

4th grade created animals based on the folk art from the Oaxacan region of Mexico. We viewed original Oaxacan animals and created our own from clay. We painted them with bright colors and patterns to look like real Oaxacan folk art. Love the diversity of these animals! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mexican Mirrors

3rd grade focused on radial symmetry with these Mexican mirror collages. We viewed many examples of Mexican folk art, especially the mirrors. We discussed radial symmetry and how to create radial symmetry in our artwork. We started by drawing with markers on TruRay paper then used Sharpies to create a design on aluminum foil for the middle. Love how bright these are and how awesome they turned out! Thanks Painted Paper for the inspiration!