Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

Monday, December 14, 2015

Garden Mural Finished!

 We are finished!  Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students have been working on these Pop Art paintings since April last semester.  They are now installed in our community garden.  Stop by and check them out in person - the detail is incredible!  I am so proud of my panther artists! Extra thanks goes out to my fifth grade interns, pictured below, who helped me install the painted boards on top of the existing fence!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Primary Colors and Mondrian

Kinder art students are studying the element of color in art class.  We started by looking at the artist Piet Mondrian, and watched this fun video that shows many of the Dutch artist's artworks:


Students then chose different sizes of rectangles and squares in the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.  Students arranged and glued the shapes to their white papers. The only thing missing were the black lines!  Instead of drawing or painting the lines on, students printed them with pieces of cardboard and thick tempera paint. A new and fun way to add lines!

Check out the finished artwork here on Artsonia, our online student art museum!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Human Proportions and Color Schemes

Third grade artists are drawing from observation, looking closely at the art room's wooden mannequins. We discussed Proportion, which is a Principle of Design, and looked closely at how the ovals and circles of the mannequins where proportionate to the human body. We learned to draw contour lines, smooth unbroken lines, when we were drawing the ovals and circles.    

Then, we started to add color with watercolors.  First, we studied warm and cool colors, and noted the difference between them.  Students had to chose to put cool colors below the horizon line, or above it.  Then, the next class students painted the warm colors in the opposite spot.

Painting was a little tricky because students were trying hard to control their paintbrushes and not paint inside the mannequin shapes.  They did an outstanding job!

Check out the finished art here on Artsonia, our online Student Art Museum!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Garden Mural Update

Third,  Fourth, and Fifth grade artists are working hard to complete the fence mural we started last spring.  Students are painting the active figures inspired by Pop artist Keith haring with bright, vivid colors.  They are also working on adding color to the fruits, veggies, and garden insects that are depicted on the fence posts.  I can't wait to see this mural installed!  We are hoping to have it finished and up by the end of this semester; stay tuned for pictures of the finished fence!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dias de Los Muertos

 Third and Fifth grade art students study Mexican Folk Art for the Days of the Dead, or Dias de Los Muertos, which is celebrated on November 1 and 2 in Mexico and many other Latin American countries.This is a time where families remember the people who have died, and create an altar in their homes honoring the person's memory.  Here is a display describing the holiday and the many different ways artists use art to celebrate this important cultural event.
 Third and Fifth graders each made a work using the skull or skeleton, which is a common image used by Mexican artists such as Jose Posada.

To see these beautiful works of art closer, go to the links below.

Monday, October 26, 2015

5th Grade Symmetrical Sugar Skulls

Fifth Grade Artists are studying the beautiful art of Dias de los Muertos, or Days of the Dead.  Celebrated on November 1 and 2 in many Latin American countries, and here in Texas, people remember the lives of their family members or friends who have died.  Some families set up an ofrenda, or altar, in their homes that includes a photo of the person they are remembering, the person's favorite food, flowers, candles, and sugar skulls.  We looked carefully at the art of the sugar skulls, and made some of our own intricate patterns in a drawing of a sugar skull.
One of the criteria for the drawings was symmetry.  Students drew one side of the skull, then had to carefully trace so that the second side was symmetrical.  Then students added color with markers.

See the finished works here on Artsonia!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Kinder artists study TEXTURE and FREE FORM SHAPES!

Kinder art students learned all about free form shapes.  We talked about how most free form shapes come from nature, and concentrated on the different shapes of leaves.  Students did a texture rubbing of different leaves with crayons, and filled their entire papers.  The next day, students learned how to paint carefully to take care of their brushes.  Students added a different color of paint to each leaf, so that each leaf now had two different colors.  Students were amazed at how the waxy crayon leaves resisted the wet paint! Students created beautiful, abstract works of art with the free form shaped leaves!

Check out the finished paintings here on Artsonia!  

Monday, October 12, 2015

4th Grade St. Basil's Cathedral Architecture Drawings

As the first lesson of our architectural unit, fourth grade artists are studying St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.  We looked at its unique colors and patterns, and at its signature onion domes.  Then we practiced using markers to make different values and textures, using techniques like hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling.  Finally, we got to design the outside of our own towers!

 Our last step was to carefully cut out our building and glue it to a bright colored paper. Special thanks goes out to Deep Space Sparkle for this inspiring lesson plan!

Check out more finished artworks on Artsonia, our online student museum!

Monday, October 5, 2015

2nd Graders study TEXTURE

Second grade artists are studying the amazing Maurice Sendak and his wonderful story "Where the Wild Things Are."  We looked closely at his illustrations and had a texture scavenger hunt, and then practiced drawing textures using lines and shapes.  Students drew different wild things and chose the best one to turn into a watercolor.

Here are more amazing Wild Things on our online Student Art Museum: