Kindergarten & 1st Grade:
The students read the story “The Shape of My Heart” by Mark Sperring. Inspired by the images and text from the book, they created their own artwork by using various techniques such as; decoupage, cutting, and blending oil pastels. The students were able to experiment with these techniques and design their own hearts, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
The 2nd graders learned about the pop artist Jim Dine and viewed many of his brightly colored works of art. The students were inspired by his piece titled “Four Hearts”. First, they drew their heart with sharpie. The next step was to use a ruler to divided the paper into various shapes. Lastly the students added patterns and color to really make their hearts Pop! The students’ interpretation of Jim Dine’s hearts came out fabulous!
The 3rd graders created a Valentine using symmetry and values and tints. They explored how many colors they could make with red, white and purple. Mixing the colors, they realized you could create many different values of one color by adding white.
The 4th graders learned about the Brazilian Pop Artist Romero Britto. They watched a video about the artist and discussed how they felt about his work. The students learned that Britto is currently living in New York City and that he recently released a luggage collection with his artwork printed on various suitcases. His luggage collection is available and can be purchased at JFK International Airport and at Macy’s Department Stores. As an artist in today’s society, this is a great way to get exposure. In addition, the students are also able to see how being an artist could possibly be a long term career choice for them. Inspired by Romero Britto’s artwork titled “A New Day”, the students then used sharpies and brightly colored markers to create their own Pop Art.
The 5th graders learned about the Pop Artist Burton Morris. They analyzed and interpreted some of his work. They created their own collaged inspired by the artist. Using symmetry and cutting techniques they were able to cut a perfect heart. Burton Morris’s work is also found in NYC at Dylan’s Candy Bar and in the background of many famous TV sitcoms sets such as Friends.