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Mrs. Johnsen- Art

                                               Art Class at CES

  Pablo Picasso said “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it”, this philosophy is shared and encouraged throughout the National Education and the Arts statement as they also believe that schools need to promote students into taking calculated risks and imaginative leaps as to learn how to adapt and change.  Engagement in a thriving arts program helps promote this approach to learning.

Week of June 3rd

We'll be wrapping up all our projects this week.

Grades 1 & 2: We'll be refining our fine motor skills this week using materials called "Wikki Stix".  These are waxed sticks that can be used to create pictures and sculptures.  Students will be instructed on how to use them to create pictures.  These can be reused many times for more creative fun.

Grades 3 & 4:  3rd and 4th graders will learn about the artist Claude Monet and how to create tints of colors using white paint.  We'll use these skills to create "Monet's Ice Cream Party".  We'll be drawing big, stacked bowls of ice cream and then learn to mix our paints so that we can fill in the spaces with the bright, light colors used by Monet in his lovely impressionistic master pieces.  This week we'll ad our marker details to bring out all of our shapes, to complete the piece.

Grades 5 & 6:  We'll be learning about "value" in art.  Students will do animal paintings that display a range of values using watercolor paints.  Some of us are just beginning and others will continue their work on this project this week.  We'll finish these up this week.

Grades 7 & 8: 7th and 8th graders are learning about the use of positive/negative space and symmetry in art. Students will create black and white nature designs using these concepts.  The resulting pieces are bold and graphic. Our next assignment will celebrate the Spring season.  We'll make floral paintings using a glue line technique and watercolor paints.  Students that have begun this project will use watercolors to finish their pieces this week. We should be  completing these paintings this week.

2nd Grade Mural Painters

Traveling Exhibition - Edgar Degas

Presentation by Zach Johnsen, designer and illustrator 

Keith Haring Inspired Life-Size Figures of our 2nd Grade Artists