Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

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!