Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Create a snowflake and let it fall with other snowflakes from around the world!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Paper Mache

Fourth grade students learned about the many different purposes of masks such as telling stories and remembering history. They saw how masks support the culture and beliefs in many different areas of Mexico. Using personal history as inspiration, each student is designing a mask. Today we are using paper mache to build the base. Watch the video to see it in action!

Strike A Pose

Third grade students are drawing "sausage people." As one classmate models a pose, the others draw sausage shapes for each body part to capture the action of the pose.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pinch Pots

The kindergarten pinch pots are fired and ready for The Elementary Art Show May 12 and 13.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Youth Art Month

Four Washington Elementary students have their artwork on display for Youth Art Month (YAM) at the Iowa State Historical Building in Des Moines. Youth Art Month is a annual state wide art show coordinated by the Art Educators of Iowa. On Sunday, March 11th, the four students, Lidiya Frisbie (kindergarten), Ana Carminhato (first grade), Delaney Breen (second grade), and Mira Pappin (fourth grade) were honored at a ceremony for their outstanding artwork.  Student artwork will be on display through the month of March.

 Listed left to right: Mrs. Schloss (principal, Washington and Libertyville), Mrs. Finney (art teacher, Pence and Libertyville), Leone Gichure-Maira (fourth grade, Pence), Lidiya Frisbie (kindergarten, Washington), Delaney Breen (second grade, Washington), Ana Carminhato (first grade, Washington), Mira Pappin (fourth grade, Washington), Ms. Carradus ( teacher, Washington)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mask Parade!

Parading through the halls at Washington Elementary, Ms. Carradus’ fourth grade art students presented their artistic creations to classrooms on February 29th and March 1st and 7th.  The project started with students looking at and discussing the masks of other cultures. They watched a video on mask traditions in Mexico and talked about how masks help tell Mexican history. Ideas that students sketched portrayed something from their own personal history. With a plan in mind, students constructed a base using papier mache over a mask mold. By attaching cardboard forms, students individualized their masks to make animals, monsters, people, and other characters. Next, they added additional layers of papier mache to strengthen the forms. After painting the masks with acrylic paint, students embellished their masks with feathers, glitter, pom-poms, pipe cleaners and yarn. All the hard work paid off when fourth grade students wowed the other grades with their parade performance. Students invented movements that embodied their characters and stalked, hopped, juggled, and crept around the classrooms.

Here is a photo and video of Mrs. Hanshaw's fourth grade class on their mask parade. Students made up their own movements to show the character of their mask.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mask Parade!

Fourth grade students finished their masks and went on a parade around the school. Check out how Mrs. Buckley's class acts out the characters of their masks by using movements.

Monday, February 13, 2012

What's Going On in the Art Room?

Kindergarten is learning primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and secondary colors (green, purple, and orange). The secondary colors can made by mixing the primary colors (red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green, red and blue make purple).
First grade learned to repeat line and shape to make texture.
Second grade learned about positive and negative space.
Third grade is using chalk pastel techniques to add color and contrast to a Silly Glue Portrait that they drew with glue!
Fourth grade is almost finished with their masks and they look great! Students are adding the finishing touches and when everyone is finished they will go on a mask parade around the school.