2nd grade used tempera paints and oil pastels to create snowy scenes.

2nd grade used tempera paints and oil pastels to create snowy scenes.

Second graders created snowmen using tempera paint and oil pastel.  First they scoured the room for circles to trace!  I put out a few good candidates — rolls of tape, yogurt containers, and condiment cups — but students were welcome to find anything round in the room that fit on the paper.  We discussed why snowmen would have different-sized circles (the base needs to be large and stable enough to support the rest of the snow!).  After students found and traced their circles, they used white tempera paint to add the snow.  After the paint dried, students used oil pastels and other tempera colors to add details to their snowmen and their backgrounds.


Completed Sunflowers

Completed 3rd grade sunflowers in Mr. Satterfield's office

Completed 3rd grade sunflowers in Mr. Satterfield’s office

3rd graders have finished their Georgia O’Keeffe sunflowers!  After painting the outlines with tempera paint, we used oil pastels to add color.  When deciding on our color palettes, we decided to use warm-cool opposites to help our sunflowers stand out.  If students used a cool color for their background, they used warm colors for their petals, and vice versa.  These particular sunflowers are currently brightening Mr. Satterfield’s office!

Kandinsky Paintings

Kindergarten students used oil pastels and watercolors to create these colorful paintings.

Kindergarten students used oil pastels and watercolors to create these colorful paintings.

Kindergarten students looked at Wassily Kandinsky’s Concentric Circles study.  We discussed the meaning of the word “concentric” and where they might have seen concentric shapes before (ripples in a pond is a popular example!).  Students then folded their paper into quarters and drew a series of concentric shapes in each corner.  They colored some of their white space with oil pastel and some with watercolor.  We learned to blend oil pastels with our fingers (it’s a bit messy, but really fun!) and we learned how to take care of our watercolor paints and our brushes.

Kandinsky Shapes

Kindergarten concentric shape paintings

Kindergarten concentric shape paintings

Kindergarteners looked at Vassily Kandinsky’s Squares With Concentric Circles painting.  We folded our paper in half and half again to divide the sheet into four segments.  Then we used oil pastel to draw a shape inside each segment.  We then drew larger versions around each shape to fill up the space.  In the next art class, we discussed how to develop good painting habits, such as cleaning the brush and adding water to the paint.

Undersea Paintings

Caitlyn's Undersea Painting

Caitlyn’s Undersea Painting

Gerry first graders used oil pastels and tempera paint to create underwater scenes.  We thought of all the creatures that can be found in the ocean, such as shrimp, lobsters, jellyfish, and sharks.  Then students used their oil pastels to draw their creatures and background details, such as sand, kelp, and bubbles.  Some students had to blend their oil pastels to get the perfect color.  Finally, students mixed water into their tempera and painted a wash of blue across the scene to give it that underwater look!

In Like a Lion

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Mrs. McCarthy’s 2nd graders used their Integrated Arts time to create posters for the upcoming community meeting.  They decided to base their artwork on the proverb, “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.”  They worked as a group to sketch the outlines in pencil, and then decided on a combination of oil pastels to blend.  The lion’s mane in particular was the source of much discussion!  They then used black tempera paint to outline their artwork.

Autumn Trees

Reagan's tree drawing

Reagan’s tree drawing

Kindergarteners have been noticing the way the leaves are turning colors and falling from trees.  We discussed that all trees have a trunk — it can be tall and thin like a birch tree, or wide like an oak tree, or crooked like the trees on Devereaux Beach — and branches grow out from the trunk, and smaller twigs grow out from the branches.  We thought about how branches are wide closer to the trunk and they get skinnier and pointier toward the end.  Students drew their own trees with oil pastels and used their fingers to blend the colors inside the trunk and branches.  Some students had time to add the sky and environmental details.  Our next step is to glue on pieces of tissue paper to create leaves — they can still be on the tree, or they can be swirling around in the air, or they can form a big leaf pile at the base of the tree!