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! 

Video Here!

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!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Follow Art From Chaos on Twitter!

Blog followers! For those who may not have noticed, I finally got a Twitter for our class. Check us out for daily updates on what's happening in the art room! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Koi Collage

So, 4th grade was totally amazed by the wet-on-wet watercolor painting technique we used! We sprayed our paper with water then added dots of blue paint. The colors spread out and gave our artworks a WOW factor! You can see the wet-on-wet painting in action on our Twitter page. We also used "pigeon finger" splatter painting and salt for more texture and variety.

After our paint dried, we created pop-up 3D koi fish based on real koi fish designs. We got a beautiful view of warm and cool colors working together. The final touch was a white oil pastel for ripples in the water. Love these and they were so fun to make!