Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

Monday, October 29, 2012

First Graders Study Color

 First Grade students are studying color theory in art class.  We are mixing primary colors to make secondary colors, studying the different families of colors like warm and cool colors, and much more.  When students are finished, we will put all of our paintings together to create a book about color!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Second Graders Study Flowers

Second Graders are studying the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe.  We have learned about her life and how her large and close-up flower paintings made her famous in the 1930's.  We started drawing a technical drawing of a flower, labeling the different parts of the flower.  O'Keeffe looked very closely at flowers in able to draw them better, so second grade artists are following her lead. We also discussed how drawing illustrations like these are a career in art, and we looked at some other technical drawings in encyclopedias. Next we will be looking closely at flowers and draw an expressive flower, and turn that into a painting.

Monday, October 15, 2012

5th Grade Perspective Drawings

Fifth graders are studying one point perspective and creating an interior space for an art gallery.  We used converging lines, overlapping, and size to help create the illusion of depth in our two dimensional drawings.

 We are also using color and detail to help with perspective.  The paintings that are closer appear to have darker, richer colors and more sharp detail, while the artworks on the back wall have fewer details and appear to be lighter and duller in color.  Students are having a great time creating the different artworks for their walls!

Friday, October 5, 2012

4th Grade Russian Architecture

 Fourth Grade Art students are studying the art of architecture.  We looked closely at the St. Basil's Cathedral located in Moscow, Russia.  Looking at this whimsical structure gave us plenty of inspiration to design our own versions.

 We practiced creating value with black markers using cross-hatching and hatching shading techniques for the different gray values.  Students are also using a variety of different textures and patterns to decorate their own versions of the cathedral towers.
 These are truly amazing drawings!  A big thanks to the art blog Deep Space Sparkle for this amazing lesson idea!

Monday, October 1, 2012

2nd Grade Cityscape Paintings

 Second Grade artists looked at some of the Fauvist artists for color inspiration.  We discussed how the Fauvists used bright imaginary colors in their artworks.  We drew a scene from our very own city of Austin, and are busy adding imaginary colors to the buildings with watercolors.  These finished paintings will need to be hung in a place of honor at students' homes!  They are amazing!!