4th grade Music Collages

4th grade also learned about Romare Bearden and they had a spin on their Black History Month collagraphs, and made music related Collages! They were allowed to use any music related idea! They definitely used their knowledge from the prior project and turned it up a notch! 

Jazz Monoprints

Black History Month is upon us! We learned about the history of Jazz music! Starting in New Orleans by African-American musicians, the kindergarteners and first graders listened to New Orleans style jazz and identified the instuments they heard. After compiling a list of instruments they were given, and then used brayers to roll out the … Continue reading

Jazz Collographs

Black History Month is upon us! We learned about the history of Jazz music! Starting in New Orleans by African-American musicians, the kids listen to New Orleans style jazz and identified the instuments they heard. After compiling a list of instruments they were given a bunch of cardboard, and got busy cutting and  gluing! This … Continue reading

1st & 2nd Meet Romare Bearden

Black History Month means focusing on a black artist, both 1st and 2nd grades learned about one of my favorite artist from the Harlem Renaissance, Romare Bearden!  He looked at several examples of his work, and discussed what the word collage meant. Then they got to work!  1st grade had to build a person, they … Continue reading

3rd grade meets Aaron Douglas

3rd grade was introduced to African-American artist Aaron Douglas for  Black History Month. We talked about the word silhouette, and figure, and then they got to work making a painting in the style of Aaron Douglas, about their lives. Nice Job!

Kinder learns about William H. Johnson

For Black History Month, Kinder learned about African-American artist, William H. Johnson. This is the painting below that we studied.  We talked about perspective, and how the road looks like it’s disappearing off into the distance, and then they followed along as I drew with them. We reviewed directional lines throughout this lesson and shapes. … Continue reading

William H. Johnson’s Stylized Landscapes

1st grade learned about African-American artist William H. Johnson, and examples of his work, paying close attention to the use of foreground, middle ground and background. They noticed that his work wasn’t photographically realistic, thus introducing the word “stylized”. Their assignment was to draw a picture of how they got to school, making it inclusive … Continue reading

Monoprint Self-Portraits

5th grade was focusing on the proper placement of facial features and how to draw them. They were not allowed to make “L” or triangle noses. We also reviewed fractions by discussing that they eyes were 1/2 of the head, and the nose was 1/2 of that 1/2, and the mouth was 1/2 of a … Continue reading

Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach Story Quilt

Grades 3 and 4 learned about African-American artist Faith Ringgold, and her book Tar Beach. We read the book and discussed foreground, middle ground, and background found in the pictures. We also discussed the type of art Ms. Ringgold is known for, story quilts.  Then the students were given fabric and told to cut squares … Continue reading

Alma Woodsey Thomas Torn Paper Art

2nd grade learned about African-American artist Alma Woodsey Thomas and her abstract color field paintings. They learned that though the paintings weren’t identifiable as objects, they could still be flowers or astronauts as she named them, because, “Alma said so.” They loved that little bit of sass!   They got to work making their own … Continue reading