March 19, 2009

4th Grade-Perspective Cities

The 4th Grade students learned about drawing in Perspective. They learned how to create roads, buildings, signs and many other things from their imaginations using the Horizon Line and Vanishing Point. These artworks are all so unique and are painted beautifully with watercolors.

February 10, 2009

2nd Grade-Wild Things Printmaking

The 2nd Grade students used Maurice Sendak's children's book, "Where The Wild Things Are" as inspiration for this project. After reading the story and creating a list of animal characteristics they observed in the Wild Things, students began to create their own. Students sketched four different Wild Things of their own and chose their favorite one for their final artwork. Once they made their selections, students learned about Printmaking. Each student made four color prints from the stamp they created. Once the prints were mounted, students used Construction Paper Crayons to write "Where The Wild Things Are" in their own style to connect it back to the book.

February 9, 2009

1st Grade-Jim Dine Hearts

The 1st Grade students created a Valentine's Day artwork based on the work of Cincinnati artist, Jim Dine. He is well known for his involvement in the Pop Art movement and created many works using "heart" imagery. We looked at some examples of his work and the students created their own colorful interpretations of the classic symbol of love using oil pastels and watercolors!

January 26, 2009

1st Grade-Owl Moon

The 1st Grade students created artworks based on the book, "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr. They worked on creating a collaged background of branches and the moon. Then they added the effect of snow with a toothbrush. Finally, each student created their wonderfully unique owl to perch on the branches.

2nd Grade-Jasper Johns Number Quilt

The 2nd Grade students created a brilliant numeric artwork through the study of Jasper Johns. We looked at examples of Johns' work and noticed how he was able to take ordinary things we look at everyday-like numbers-and turn them into beautiful artworks. Students enjoyed coming up with patterns and using their creativity to jazz up their number work. They are displayed in a quilt-like format to capture the viewer and draw him/her in.

3rd Grade-Egyptian Cats

The 3rd Grade students learned about the culture of Ancient Egypt (through a classic episode of Reading Rainbow). They learned about how cats were at one time worshipped and viewed as gods. Students enjoyed writing their names in (a loose) hieroglyphic translation as well as adding details that are characteristic of Egyptian artwork.

4th Grade-Jackson Pollock Weavings

The 4th Grade students learned about Abstract Expressionism through the work of American artist, Jackson Pollock. They used warm and cool colors in their paintings to achieve contrast within the weaving. Who knew you could get away with dripping and splattering paint in school?

January 23, 2009

5th Grade-Surreal Dreamscapes

The 5th Grade students learned about the surreal life of Spanish artist, Salvador Dali. They completed their own type of "Mad Lib", filling it in with all of the objects to be included in their artwork. These colorful landscapes come alive with all of the elements that make it seem like a zany dream.


This is an art blog.

The artwork on this blog has been created by students in 1st through 5th grade at Riverside Elementary. The idea is to have an accessible format for students, parents, friends, teachers and others to experience and enjoy the creative young mind.