Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween Pumpkins

It is Halloween today and our grade 4 Р6 class celebrated by making their own oil pastel pumpkin patches. We began with stories and legends  about the beginnings of Halloween. Our story about jack-o-lanterns really fired up their imaginations.

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Van Gogh Sunflowers

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

It was a wet and windy day today but we brightened up the classroom with sunny still-life paintings in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. We looked at examples of his work from his self-portraits to his landscapes to his famous sunflower paintings. Then it was our students turn to take up a paintbrush and have a try.

And here are a few more examples from our class the next day:

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Keith Haring Collage

“Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.”

Keith Haring

Action was the word of the day as we explored the art career of Keith Haring. Our students really enjoyed the whimsical and energetic style that he brought to his work. We worked on action line drawings and translated them into a graphic collage…take a look.

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Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
– Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, Evening Star, inspired our session today. We used liquid watercolours and salt to create our background. The students enjoyed the way the wet watercolour mixed to create purple and orange in the night sky. Next we used cardboard and black acrylic paint to make our trees. Take a look:


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Printing with Gelatin Plates

With our grade 4 – 6 group we did something completely different, we used gelatin to create monoprints. We learned about the life and career of Edgar Degas who created many monoprints and then tried our hand at making our own. Our students enjoyed layering the colours and the tactile experience of pressing the print. Take a look at their creations:

To learn more about the art of gelatin printing check out Linda Germain’s blog, she is a very talented artist that works in this medium.

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Marc Chagall Stained Glass Murals

“If I create from the heart nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”

Marc Chagall

This week we learned about the life and career of the great artist Marc Chagall. We studied the Peace Window that he created for the United Nations and created our own works of art.

We urged the children to really create with the quote in mind. They did an amazing job!

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Emily Carr Landscapes

“Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises.”

Emily Carr

Emily Carr was our artist today and we used her painting, “Blue Sky, 1932” as our inspiration piece. We learned about this famous Canadian‘s life, work and influences.

She is known as the first artist to attempt to capture the spirit of Canada in a modern style.

We learned about the term ‘mixed media’ and used acrylic paints and chalk pastel to create our paintings. Highlights and shadows helped to complete our forest scenes.

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Caspar Friedrich and a Moody Sky

“I have to stay alone in order to fully contemplate and feel nature.”

Caspar Friedrich

Our grade 1 -3 class learned about the artist, Caspar Friedrich, a German landscape painter. He is most famous for his work featuring contemplative figures silhouetted against a night sky.

The students created a moody night sky by blending their colours right on their canvas and finished the piece with an inukshuk.

I really love the colours and the contrast…

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Getting Tangled with Zentangles

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”

– John W. Gardiner

Zentangles filled our classroom and inspired our Grade 4 Р6 group to create  abstract landscapes.

The term zentangle is used to describe a way of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.

For this project we used permanent pens and reassured our students that there was no need for an eraser.

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Line Drawings inspired by Picasso

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

Pablo Picasso

Picasso was our inspiration with our Grade 1 – 3 group at Humbercrest Public School this week.

We started with a brief overview of his career and then focussed on his line drawings. Picasso had such a talent for reducing an animal or person down to their very essence in a simple line drawing. The kids really enjoyed looking at the examples and trying their own owl line drawing. We also touched on warm and cool colours and divided our students up into a ‘cool’ colour group and a ‘warm’ colour group.

Take a look at their efforts:







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