Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

End of the Year Projects

Summer is near, but we are still busy in the art room with our last projects.  With all the schedule changes for field trips, concerts and field days, we are scrambling to finish these projects!
Fifth Graders are finishing their Mexican Bark Paintings, and third graders are finishing their Picasso Paintings and clay fish sculptures.

 Kinder Students are studying African Masks and Symmetry. We first practiced drawing a few masks, then we started cutting out shapes and gluing.

First Graders are finishing their self portrait collages.  These are always favorites of parents!

 Fourth Graders are sewing.  We are learning the cross-stitch, straight stitch, running stitch, and satin stitch, as well as studying radial design!

 Last, but not least, second graders are creating paper weavings, studying the artist Wassily Kandinsky and the warm and cool color schemes. Fingers crossed that we get everything completed by next week!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Zilker's 2014 School-wide Student Art Show

The main hallway of Zilker Elementary is now the Zilker Museum!  Every student has a piece of artwork on display...it is a sight to behold.   This year the art show is also interactive because you can scan QR codes to find out more about how we created the art, or find out more about the artist who inspired us to create.

Fifth Grade's Hundertwasser Collages

Fourth Grade's Wayne Thiebaud cupcake Sculptures
Third Grade's Weavings
Third Grade's Keith Haring Collages
Second Grade's Georgia O'Keeffe's Flower Paintings
First Grade's Eric Carle Collages

First Grade's Quilts

Kinder Pablo Picasso Guitar Collages

Mr. McNitt's class made these awesome house prints and added color with chalk in Ms. Jepson's art class.

Every year students continue to amaze me with their talent in art!  I sincerely hope you had time to see this art show in person.....what a lucky art teacher I am to be able to work with such creative art students!

Friday, May 2, 2014

4th Grade Self Portraits a la Matisse

Fourth Grade artists are painting their self portraits.  We looked at several of Henri Matisse's portraits and talked about his use of simple stylized lines in the people's faces, as well as his extensive use of pattern in the backgrounds behind the people.  In one portrait alone we counted fourteen different patterns!  Students carefully drew their faces using proportion.  We talked about facial proportions and measured with rulers to correctly place the eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and eyebrows. Then students drew five or six patterns in the background.

Students had the most fun adding the brightly colored paints.  Last we added oil pastel for fine details in the background.

Check out the finished portraits with oil pastel details here at our online museum at Artsonia!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

AustinISD's Youth Art Month Display

 Last month Austin ISD held their annual district-wide Art Show.  Each art teacher in the entire district has a small space to display their top artists at the One Congress Plaza building.  It is always a difficult task picking only 10 to 15 artworks to represent Zilker Elementary.  These amazing artworks created by Zilker's fantastic artists represented Zilker Elementary this year!
 Congratulations to second graders Chris M. and Mathew A. whose great wild thing watercolors were displayed!

 Shout out to fifth grade artists Luka V. and Kensley M. for their well-executed Aboriginal dot paintings.

 First grade artists Dash S. and Micah M.  rocked it with their beautiful oil pastel interpretations of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

 Second Grade artists Reyna G. and Laurel J. created beautiful tropical bird collages inspired by artist Eric Carle.

 Fifth Grade artists Emma S. and Hailey L.  also made amazing Aboriginal Dot Paintings that represented Zilker at the district show.

Last but not least, second grade artists Genesis C. and Aislyn T. had their tropical birds chosen for the display.

A big congratulations to these artists who honored all Zilker Elementary artists by representing our school in the district show!