Thursday, December 15, 2011

What's Going On in the Art Room?

Kindergarten is experimenting with clay. They learned to roll, pat, pull, pinch, and poke the clay to make forms.
First grade finished their murals.
Second grade is finishing their clay sculptures.
Third grade is adding details to make their sausage people more realistic.
4th grade is working on constructing forms to add details to their masks.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

What's Going On in the Art Room?

Wow! It has been a busy week!
Kindergarten is using organic and geometric shapes to make a collage.

First Grade is working with a group to make a collaged mural.
Second Grade is combining clay forms using a score and slip technique.

Third Grade is drawing people using real models.

Fourth Grade is beginning to papier mache their masks.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's Going On in the Art Room?

Kindergarten- is gluing pieces and shapes together to make collage.
First Grade- is using line to show movement.
Second Grade- is making clay into forms (3-D shapes)
Third Grade- is practicing good craftsmanship when they use markers.
Fourth Grade- is designing a mask to show something from their "personal history."

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Independent Project Addition: Pop-ups!

I am adding pop-ups to the independent project list! Independent projects are choice-based projects that students plan out and get to work on when they finish their assignment.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Parent Teacher Conferences

I will be available for conferences on Thursday night. Stop by to see what your student is working on in art!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Introduction to Color Theory

Do you ever make a work of art, take a photo, or put an outfit together and the colors seem to pop or harmonize but you don't know why? Or the opposite, the colors clash with each other? Basic color theory can help you understand why.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Artist's Tool Kit

I just added a new interactive art link from Minneapolis Institute of Art called "The Artist's Tool Kit." It has games and different activities to teach The Elements of Art and Principles of Design.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

What's Going On in the Art Room?

Kindergarten- Is learning to see shapes everywhere.
First Grade- Is practicing making their own patterns.
Second Grade- Is using line and shape to make texture.
Third Grade- Is using proportion guidelines to draw a portrait.
Fourth Grade- Is designing symbols of things that make up who they are.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Art Educators of Iowa Conference

Mrs. Finney and I are attending the Art Educators of Iowa (AEI) Fall Conference in Des Moines this weekend. The conference will provide an opportunity for us to grow and learn more in our subject area. AEI is a great resource for art lessons, news about art education, the latest art research, and collaboration with other art teachers. Here is their website:

Friday, September 30, 2011

Doodling Helps People Retain Information

Art is more than beauty and expression. It is also about conveying understanding in visual communication. The kinesthetic act of doodling can help students retain concepts in school. You can read more about it in this article:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Coming Soon In Art!

Kindergarten students are learning about the element of art, line. They will soon learn the basic care and use of paint and paint brushes.

First Grade students will discuss Henri Matisse's painting The Painter's Family. Students will get experience drawing all the parts of the body and create a family portrait.

Second Grade students are learning about the element of art, texture. The have identified and collected a variety of textures by making rubbings from surfaces around the art room. Students are learning how to create texture in a drawing or painting by using line and shape.

Third Grade students are learning the proportions of a face. After practicing using proportion guidelines in a self-portrait, students will complete a series of portraits of their classmates using the same technique.

Fourth Grade students are learning about self-portraits. Students viewed a PowerPoint slide show while they thought about and discussed famous artists' self-portraits. They are reviewing the proportions of the face. Students will  complete a self-portrait from observation using a mirror and proportion guidelines.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Kinetic Sculptures

Theo Jansen has mixed art and science to create wonderful kinetic sculptures. Check out this short video from the link below:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Why Art Education is Important

Art teaches a specific set of thinking skills or "studio habits of mind." The eight "studio habits of mind" are:

Development of Artistic Craft
Making Clear Connections Between Schoolwork and the World Outside the Classroom 
Innovating Through Exploration
Reflective Self-Evaluation

To learn more about it, click the link to read the article, "Art for Our Sake," from The Boston Globe by Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mrs. Gleason's Kindergarten Class on the Front Page!

Fairfield Ledger photographer, Michael Leach, came to take photos of Mrs. Gleason's Kindergarten class on their first day of art with Ms. Carradus!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Interactive Kids Art Sites

Hello! What a great (hot) first day of school.

I have added some links to cool kids art sites on the side bar. Check them out!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back To School 2011-2012

I am looking forward to another great year at Washington Elementary! There are a lot of great art projects planned for this year. Here is a little taste of what is coming up this year:
Kindergarten: Pinch Pots
First Grade: Ceramic Animal Sculptures
Second Grade: Storyteller Sculptures
Third Grade: Sausage People (drawing people using real models)
Fourth Grade: Masks
Hope to see you all at Open House Monday night (4-5:30)!