January Art Newsletter

JANUARY ART NEWSLETTER

KINDERGARTEN: The students are reading the story “Snow Bears” by Jan Brett. They created polar bear drawings inspired by the illustrations in the story. They also added watercolor as a pop of color and dressed their bears in a festive hat and scarf to keep warm during this cold winter!

1ST GRADE: The students created collage penguins ice skating in the Arctic. They learned many interesting facts about penguins and art vocabulary words. The students used painting methods and collage techniques to complete their work of art. Just in time for the Winter Arts Festival!

2ND GRADE: The students designed winter cardinals inspired by the illustrator Louis Elhert. The students created painted paper and templates to create their unique cardinals.

3RD GRADE: The students created winter birch trees by demonstrating their knowledge of warm and cool colors. They used a collaging techniques to add their trees onto their painted background. They also sketched the birch trees and added shadows on their landscape.

4TH GRADE: The students are learning about the Native American Indian tribes the Iroquois and the Algonquins.  They will be creating original wampum belts that reflect who they are as a person. Learning about the  Native American symbols and motifs will allow them to express themselves by using characteristics of the Native American culture.

5TH GRADE: 5th Grade students learned about the contemporary artist Natasha Wescoat and created their own winter landscape for the Winter Arts Festival. They learned how to mix tints and shades and how to use tempera painting techniques in their own artwork.

ART HISTORY

3RD GRADE: The students started their Asia Unit in Social Studies and in this month they explored the techniques of Chinese Calligraphy and Japanese Gyotaku Printmaking.

5TH GRADE: The students are beginning their Latin America Unit where they will be learning about the Mayan and Aztec cultures. The students just finished learning about the holiday “The Day of The Dead” celebrated in Mexico. They designed their own sugar skulls using metallic sharpies and construction paper crayons on black paper. They also sculpted their own sugar skull from model magic clay and decorated them as a 3D art form.

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