Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

Friday, August 28, 2015

Back to School August 2015!

Welcome Back Zilker Panthers!   I cannot believe that it is ALREADY the end of August 2015, and a week has already gone by at Zilker Elementary!  I have so enjoyed seeing my students from last year, and meeting my new art students in kindergarten!  This is the start of my 18th year teaching art - and we are having a fabulous first week of school. 

 Way back in May, before summer started, my second grade classes made these beautiful sunflower paintings in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.  After learning the "double dip" method of getting two different colors on our paintbrushes, we painted these beautiful sunflowers, then cut them out after they were dry to make a large class collage.  These beautiful still lives are brightening the main hallway at Zilker right now!

Keep checking back to see what grade levels are working on for this new school year; my goal is to post once a week!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

What is Happening in the Art Room: May Edition

Spring is in the air and students are wired and ready for summer break! We are keeping busy with last projects, and a big group project.

 5th Grade artists are working on their Mexican Bark Paintings of animals.
 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students are all helping out painting the fence posts for the Garden Mural, our big group project.  We will finish next year with all grade levels contributing.
Pop Art is the style we are aspiring for; bright, bold colors on the veggies, fruits,helpful insects, and active Keith haring figures.

 Fourth Grade artists' last project is Wayne Thiebaud Dessert relief prints. We are busy trying to get everyone printed!!

 Kinder art students are finishing their clay pinch pots by carving four petroglyph symbols into the sides of their pots. We were studying the Mexican artist Juan Quezada, who also got inspiration from Native American symbols, which he painted onto his clay pots.

Second Grade artists are creating a beautiful whole class project that will brighten our hallway in August for the first few weeks of school. We are looking at Vincent Van Gogh's "Still Life:with 12 Sunflowers" painting, and each painted a sunflower to be glued onto a giant class collage. Now, students are each creating their own version of a vase with sunflowers that they can take home!

First Graders are making diorama habitats for their dinosaur sculptures.  They are also painting their clay  dinosaur sculptures with bright colors.

Third Grade artists are weaving on cardboard looms.  They are learning both the tabby weave and Egyptian knot technique.

We are keeping busy these last few weeks of school!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Visiting Artist Michael Hildago

Zilker parent and ceramic artist Michael Hildago visited Zilker art class on May 5th to give a demonstration to his daughter's Kinder class!  Mr. Hidalgo showed students how he creates mugs and pots on the wheel. 

He started a very large mug, and asked students what kind of details to give it to turn it into a monster mug.  Students gave ideas about eyes, nose, ears, arms, and hair.  Mr. Hidalgo also showed students how to attach two separate pieces of clay using the scoring method.

You can tell he enjoys working with clay!
Here is the finished piece!  Students really enjoyed having a real live artist visit our art class and share his techniques with them.  Thanks so much Michael!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 School-wide Student Art Show

There are so many great art works to see these year!  Here is a quick overview of what each class created:

 4th Grade Classes in Irvine, Brosko, and Lugo's rooms created these amazing fiber pieces that have radial balance.

 Third grade artists in Buono, Kent, and Yates' classrooms studied Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso to create these Cubist Faces.

Second Grade classrooms Morales, Dailey, Garland, and Sides studied the artist Georgia O'Keeffe and created 2-D flower paintings, and 3-D flower bowls made out of clay.

 Third grade students in Ms. Rakusin's class created these wonderful drawings of mangroves.

 5th grade artists in Mr. Woodage's class studied the artist Gustav Klimt, and painted these beautiful trees of life.

 4th Grade Ms. Thompson's class studied Vincent Van Gogh and drew the Texas State Capitol against a starry Texas sky.

 1st Grade classes also studied Van Gogh and used oil pastel and paper to create the downtown skyline of Austin.  These classes are Ms. Murphy's and Ms. Bomely's artists.

 First graders also studied symmetry and body proportions to create a self portrait collage. The classes on display are Ms. McLendon's and Ms. Avant's classes.

 Kinder students in Ms. Cohn's class studied Texas wildflowers and painted them.

 Ms. Shapiro's 1st  grade artists created dot paintings after looking at the book by Peter Reynolds.

 Kinder artists in Mr. McNitt, Ms. Caswell, Ms. Caroline, and Ms. Wolden's classrooms studied artist Jasper Johns to create paintings about letters or numbers.

Ms. Saucedo's 2nd grade artists created still life paintings after studying artist Henri Matisse.

 Fifth Grade artists in Weaver, Thompson, and Russell's homerooms created bicycle paintings.

 I hope you have had the chance to see the 2015 Art Show in person!  If not, it will be on display until mid May; please stop by and check out the amazing art works that our Zilker Panthers created!!