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First Grade Jumpstarts in Artville!

 

First Grade Rainbow Rotation:











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

This year first grade has art twice a rotation for 45 minute periods.  All classes meet on Yellow, Day 3 and Purple, Day 6.

Ms. Tonkin and Ms. Skates:  Yellow; 9-9:45 a.m. Purple; 1:10-1:55

Ms. Powers and Ms. Madden: Yellow; 11-11:45 a.m., Purple; 9--9:45 a.m.

Ms. Murphy and Ms. Skates:  Yellow; 1:10-1:55, Purple; 10-10:45 a.m.

Recent Announcements

  • A Healthy Lunch     This collage and paper weaving project was one of the first projects we did this year, and I somehow missed taking photos.  That happens sometimes when we are all very ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2018, 8:19 PM by Carol Grams
  • Window Valentines     Can there be too many Valentine projects? I don't think so.  This project was an experiment, and the children entered whole-heartedly into the spirit of not knowing exactly ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2018, 1:55 PM by Carol Grams
  • Valentines in Honor of Martin Luther King To begin this project and introduce the ideas, we looked at a short video of "The Story of Martin Luther King Jr." by Johnny Ray Moore.  We also talked about ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 8:55 AM by Carol Grams
  • Paintings of Sanctuary Sanctuary is our Chapel theme this year, and it is also a beautiful theme for a painting. We talked about what a safe place might look like and feel like ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2017, 3:08 PM by Carol Grams
  • Monster Mash Who doesn't love a good monster this time of year?  In this project children learned a little about values and contrast, and how to work with this ancient art ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 11:43 AM by Carol Grams
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A Healthy Lunch

posted Jan 24, 2018, 8:19 PM by Carol Grams

    This collage and paper weaving project was one of the first projects we did this year, and I somehow missed taking photos.  That happens sometimes when we are all very excited about what we are doing.  I found this one photo and had to post it. The collages hung in the LS Cafeteria for quite awhile, and added to the cheerful atmosphere.
    The menu was the children's idea, and it is a wonderful imaginative touch.  Some students even made chef's hats and a stove.  
    Next year, a restaurant?

Window Valentines

posted Jan 19, 2018, 10:58 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 1:55 PM ]

   
Can there be too many Valentine projects? I don't think so.  This project was an experiment, and the children entered whole-heartedly into the spirit of not knowing exactly if it would work.  We used oil pastel to make wonderful heart designs on translucent paper, again looking at the work of Jim Dine for inspiration.  The risky part was painting them with vegetable oil.  I didn't know if they would ever dry!  After six days, they were still a little greasy.  We pressed them with paper towels and they worked fine.  They look amazing in the Lower School cafeteria window!



Valentines in Honor of Martin Luther King

posted Jan 10, 2018, 8:55 AM by Carol Grams

To begin this project and introduce the ideas, we looked at a short video of "The Story of Martin Luther King Jr." by Johnny Ray Moore.  We also talked about how artist use symbols to convey meaning, and looked at some of Jim Dine's heart paintings.  The children's finger paintings add texture to the collages.


Paintings of Sanctuary

posted Nov 8, 2017, 3:08 PM by Carol Grams

Sanctuary is our Chapel theme this year, and it is also a beautiful theme for a painting. We talked about what a safe place might look like and feel like, and how can we make a picture to share our ideas. 

Monster Mash

posted Oct 9, 2017, 11:43 AM by Carol Grams

Who doesn't love a good monster this time of year?  In this project children learned a little about values and contrast, and how to work with this ancient art material, charcoal.

First Grade Abstract Paintings

posted Sep 15, 2017, 11:00 AM by Carol Grams

We looked at the art of Vassily Kandinsky and talked about the language of lines, or how we can find meaning in colors, shapes, and lines. Kandinsky found inspiration in music, and we did too, listening to the Moldau by Smetana.  Painting to music is wonderful, and the children responded with great enthusiasm.  Color mixing was almost as much fun.


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.

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