Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

Monday, April 29, 2013

4th Grade Wayne Thiebaud Dessert Prints

 Fourth Grade students have been studying the Pop Art of artist Wayne Thiebaud and his dessert paintings and prints.  Students practiced drawing many different kinds of desserts, using shading techniques like hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling to show texture and shadows.  Students chose their best drawing to turn into a relief print.  They traced their drawing onto a piece of Styrofoam, engraving the lines into the Styrofoam.  The following photos show most of the steps they had to take to make their prints.

Here a student carefully rolls the brayer loaded with ink across his or her Styrofoam printing plate.

Here a student is loading the brayer with printing ink so he can carefully get his printing plate ready for printing.
These two photos show students placing the printing plate face down onto a paper, and then rubbing the back of the paper carefully to help print the ink evenly on the front of the paper.
Another student rolling ink onto his printing plate to get ready to print.
And here are two students carefully pulling their prints; taking the paper off of the printing plate to reveal their final prints!
 A delicious slice of cake!
 A decadent ice cream sundae!
An amazing triple scoop ice cream cone!

Here are a few of the finished prints!  They make me hungry just looking at them!  All the students did a fantastic job at all of the many steps it took to create their prints!

Monday, April 22, 2013

3rd Grade Picasso Faces Paintings

Third Grade Zilker artists have just finished their Picasso Double Face paintings!  We looked at several of Pablo Picasso's portraits of people and discussed how he used Cubism to create them.  The style of Cubism allowed him to show more than one view of a single person in one painting.  We learned how to show both a side view and a front view of a person in the same drawing, and then we divided the face into different shapes to further abstract it. We painted the shapes different bright colors, and finally added black lines for contrast.  At the end, students wrote an "exit Ticket" to describe what they learned during this project. They all did a fantastic job!

Monday, April 15, 2013

2nd Grade Kandinsky Weavings

Second Grade artists are learning about the artist Wassily Kandinsky  We looked at many of his abstract paintings and talked about his use of different kinds of lines.  We then "took a line for a walk" around our paper, making it change from straight, curved, looping, spiral and wavy.  We added crayon textures to our line drawings and then added either warm or cool color watercolors on top of that.  Next we turned that watercolor into a paper loom to weave on.  We talked about weaving the tabby weave: over and under, over and under.  These photos show students demonstrating that step.  Students had to pick the opposite color scheme of their watercolor to weave with.  Look for the finished project coming home soon!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

3rd Grade Clay Fish Sculptures

 Zilker third grade artists are sculpting fish out of clay!  Here students are adding the final touches: texture and lines as well as details like eyes and gills.  Students will glaze the fish after they are bisque-fired in the kiln, and then I will glaze fire them.  Students worked very hard on their designs; I hope you enjoy them when they come home!