Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Welcome Back to the 2014-2015 School Year!

 It is incredible to believe that summer is gone and we are back at school!  Every year, summer seems to get shorter!  I am glad to be back at Zilker working with our amazing Panther Artists!  This is the start of my 17th year teaching, and 14th year here at Zilker!

Back in May, third graders helped to create this fun example of unity. We used scrap paper and glue to make it, and I got the idea from a board on Pinterest, though the art was adult-created, not kid-created.  I may be a little biased, but I think our kid-created one is better!
 The students loved the three-dimensional aspect of making the circles and ovals.  I tried to capture it with photos, but of course it is better in person!
 We are off to a great start in Art Class this year!  For the first time ever, we have another all-day art teacher here on campus.  I would like to introduce Ms. Wilson, our art teacher whose home campus is Cowan Elementary:  Welcome Ms. Wilson!  Our students are sure to have fun learning and creating in her room!
 Stay tuned for some more amazing art this year, coming here and to our online museum on Artsonia. Yay for Zilkerland Art!

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!

http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=786811