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First Grade Jumpstarts in Artville!

 

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Because we use the best paint in Artville, it is best to wear your not-best uniform on Art Day.

Ms. Murphy has art on Day 3, 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Ms. Bennett has art on Day 3, 1:10-2:30 p.m.

Ms. Powers has art on Day 6, 9-10:20 a.m.

Ms. Tonkin has art on Day 6, 10:30-11:50 a.m.

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  • A Valentine for Martin Luther King The message of Dr. King bears frequent repeating.  Children are learning about tolerance in their classrooms, in chapel, in community meetings, in music and in art.  It is one of ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2017, 7:42 AM by Carol Grams
  • Island Adventure Island Adventure is one of the high points of first grade, and in Artville we are the scene-painters and mood-makers.  What could be more fun than a dip ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2017, 10:55 AM by Carol Grams
  • Masterpiece: Chimu Earspools This Masterpiece from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, besides being beautiful, is a window into the perspective of a different culture and a different time.  We travel to Peru, and ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:50 AM by Carol Grams
  • Art Masterpiece: "Intrigue," by James Ensor "Intrigue" by James Ensor ties in with the CARE theme of Tolerance. Children look at the faces in the painting and try to imagine what the people are really feeling ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:44 AM by Carol Grams
  • Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to learn about Chinese painting and practice handling a bamboo brush.  We look at examples of ink paintings, making sure to notice how ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2017, 1:32 PM by Carol Grams
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A Valentine for Martin Luther King

posted Apr 18, 2017, 7:42 AM by Carol Grams

The message of Dr. King bears frequent repeating.  Children are learning about tolerance in their classrooms, in chapel, in community meetings, in music and in art.  It is one of the many rewards I have as a teacher who sees children for several years in a row, how their knowledge and understanding on this topic evolves and grows.  For this project, we spend time discussing the art components; the elements of shape and design, referring to the work of Matisse, and how we can use those elements to convey the meaning and spirit of Dr. King.  


Island Adventure

posted Mar 13, 2017, 10:55 AM by Carol Grams

Island Adventure is one of the high points of first grade, and in Artville we are the scene-painters and mood-makers.  What could be more fun than a dip in the ocean, especially if you're a mermaid; or are snorkeling, surfing, or even in a shark cage?


Masterpiece: Chimu Earspools

posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:50 AM by Carol Grams

This Masterpiece from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, besides being beautiful, is a window into the perspective of a different culture and a different time.  We travel to Peru, and back in time to try to enter the hearts and minds of the artisans who created these pieces.  It can be an arduous adventure, but very rewarding.

Art Masterpiece: "Intrigue," by James Ensor

posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:44 AM by Carol Grams

"Intrigue" by James Ensor ties in with the CARE theme of Tolerance. Children look at the faces in the painting and try to imagine what the people are really feeling. They make character puppets, and give them an expression, and in small groups put on a puppet show with the theme of making a new friend with someone who might be different.

Year of the Rooster

posted Jan 25, 2017, 1:32 PM by Carol Grams

Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to learn about Chinese painting and practice handling a bamboo brush.  We look at examples of ink paintings, making sure to notice how Chinese artists sign their name using a red tamp.  Children experience the feeling of making thick and thin lines with a single stroke.  We make a name stamp with clay.

First Grade Lights Up the Winter

posted Dec 14, 2016, 9:12 AM by Carol Grams

These pots are meant to be candle holders for tea lights.  All of the various characters and creatures started out with the basic form of the snowman.  Remember, if you can put two circles together to make a snowman, you can make anything. The pots varied from the traditional pinch pot, they were formed by pressing a small jar into a ball of soft clay. Children learned how to attach clay parts together using slip, and were encouraged to add details, pattern, and texture. Glazing was another day.



Halloween Under Construction

posted Oct 27, 2016, 1:41 PM by Carol Grams   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 6:47 AM ]

Children have a chance to exercise their building and designing muscles when they construct these houses out of paper, string and tape.  

What's For Lunch?

posted Oct 19, 2016, 7:05 AM by Carol Grams

We are very lucky to have a wonderful cafeteria, with great food choices for children and adults.  We try to teach children about food groups, nutrition, and how to make healthy selections, which of course would include a cupcake once in awhile, especially if it's made with paper and paint.  Eric Carle's "Hungry Caterpillar," with its beautiful collages of food, was the art inspiration.  On the first day of the project, the art room was set up with fingerpaint in the colors of vegetables, (greens, yellows) fruits,(reds, purple, orange) grains, (white, yellow, brown) and proteins (red & green, yellow & purple, blue & orange; did you know opposite colors make meat?).  It was great fun mixing the colors of broccoli, strawberries and grapes.  Next time, we decorated a plate, and designed our food.

Lines can Tell a Story

posted Oct 4, 2016, 11:23 AM by Carol Grams

First graders learn that lines by themselves can express feelings and ideas.  We describe and act out strong, vertical lines, exciting and dynamic diagonals, and lazy, peaceful horizontal lines.  Children look at a painting by Vassily Kandinsky, guess what it could be about, and talk about how it makes them feel. Then I put on some music by Smetana and we all paint lines that express the feeling of the music.  Next week, we invented our own colors from red, blue, yellow and white, and livened up our line design.



Art Hats with Creative Power!

posted Sep 8, 2016, 2:37 PM by Carol Grams

On their first day of Art, first graders are introduced (or re-introduced) to the lore of Artville by learning the names of the dragons, and a few other characters.   Pablo is the boy flying on the back of the dragon, Catmandu.  Pablo wanted to be an artist like his namesake, Pablo Picasso, but he was afraid to try.   So Catmandu made him a magical art hat, giving him special creative powers.  So we all made art hats!  Now everyone has creative power. Along the way, children learn how to make flat paper stand up into a three dimensional form.

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