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Mrs. Johnsen- Art

Happy Holidays to all of our families and students!

Learning to draw and think creatively helps prepare students for the future!
The truth is that learning to paint, create a website, or design an energy-efficient home requires mastering skills which are often invisible to the naked eye, but are developed through a strong visual arts education.

We continue to work on our STARR initiative.  Please remind your students about the expected behaviors in the art room and throughout the school.  You may also hear your student say that we did some stretching and deep breathing.  This is all part of mindfulness techniques that we may use get us ready for our art making.

Our Finished Rock Installation - CES making the school, community and world a "BETTER PLACE"!.

The Week of December 18th

Grades 1 & 2: We'll be engaged in holiday projects and finishing up our "Old Ladies..." this week.

Grades 3 & 4: We'll begin doing some holiday projects this week.  Students will be making a paper snow globe with original scenes.  We'll finish these up this week.  

Grades 5 & 6:  We'll continue our exploration of the self-portrait by using a variety of techniques and mediums. Our latest endeavor is to create a 3 dimensional portrait using a variety of materials.  Students will learn how to use plaster gauze to sculpt their faces.  Then they will be painting features, adding yarn hair, wallpaper backgrounds and felt clothing.  This will take several weeks to complete.

Grades 7 & 8:  The Element of line will be our focus for the next few weeks.  Students will learn how lines can describe form as well as create movement and mood.  We'll begin with a line design sampler.  This week will use our learned skills to create a still life that incorporates line to describe form.  Next, OP Art will come into play as we use line to fool the eye into seeing 3 dimensions.  Students will use the outline of their hand to create their OP Art piece using line and color.  Finally we'll create an Op Art piece using a grid and overlying circles.

The Mural is official finished.  Come visit our school to see the beautiful work in person!

This year's table artists!

Wassily Kandinsky

  Da Vinci's Mona Lisa

  Frank Stella

Officer Stepanian joins us for our rock painting project!