Friday, January 27, 2017

FIFTH GRADE . . . Drawing like Vincent

Sketch by Mason

This week our sketchpad assignment was to draw like Vincent van Gogh. Some students created a drawing or painting based on one of his well known compositions, and others focused on a more original subject matter, filling it with the short directional strokes typical of a van Gogh. Here are some of our interpretations . . .

Sketch by Matthew

Sketch by Riya

Sketch by Matteo

Painting by Alexandra

Painting by Gabriella S.

Sketch by James

Painting by Syena

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

FIRST GRADE . . . Weaving a pattern!

Weaving by Michaela

First Graders learned how to weave with yarn on a handmade loom. This is a project that celebrates the art and culture of the Native Americans and teaches us a wonderful technique using patterns.

Our handmade looms were created out of the cardboard base from water bottle trays and we recycle these looms every year. Six slits are cut into both ends of the cardboard and yarn is strung from top to bottom creating the warp (or vertical) strings of the loom.

Next, students choose a color of yarn to weave with. We learned how to measure the yarn against a table edge by working in pairs with our friends. One student holds the end of the yarn against the end of the table and the other student unrolls the yarn to match the length of the table and cuts it off.

To weave with our colored yarns, we learned how to follow a pattern of "Over, Under, Over, Under, Over, Under." Not only is the process of weaving a pattern, but we can also create a pattern by alternating colors of yarn.

The completed weavings were then removed from the cardboard looms and they now hang from twigs that the students found outside and brought into school.

A special thank you to guest weavers, Dr. Danial and Mrs. Reddington, for helping out with one of our weaving lessons!

Here are some examples of our completed woven designs. To see all of our work, follow this link to our home page of Artsonia!

Weaving by As'ad
Weaving by Claire
Weaving by Phillip

Weaving by Camila

Weaving by Sadie
Note to families...
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    In my class, students are given the chance to explore different materials and fun new techniques as they develop their signature style. Some young artists love to draw with a pencil, some like to paint on canvas or create images in a digital format, while others prefer working with clay and molding three-dimensional forms. In my classroom, we use a variety of materials allowing all artists to experiment and figure out which type of art they like the best. At Ranney School, we place a strong emphasis on originality and celebrate artistic differences, always nurturing and encouraging the imagination of every student.
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