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Art – October 2017

Kindergarten

The kindergarteners have been busy learning about the elements of art in each lesson. They discussed balance while making their symmetrical creature and line and shape while painting their crazy cacti.  They also looked at the sunflower paintings of Vincent Van Gogh.  Using oil pastels, each colored a few flowers in a vase being sure to overlap and blend colors.

First Grade

The first graders used basics shapes to build super heroes and villains before adding more details to make them more realistic. They also learned how to draw pumpkins realistically using contour lines and color blending with crayons to help them appear three dimensional.

Second Grade

The second graders discussed the importance of line in all artworks before building their own artwork using three dimensional lines. They are now learning the difference between positive and negative shape while cutting out Halloween shapes.

Third Grade

The students viewed many artworks painted by George Rodrigue that focused on a large blue dog. They noticed how the dog stayed the same but the backgrounds changed.  Each chose a new place for the dog to go and created their artwork using markers, colored pencils, or crayons.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders finished their Pop Art inspired by Burton Morris using bright and bold colors. They also looked at the silly portraits made by Hanoch Piven.  His portraits are created by painting the outline of the face and placing found objects to make up the details of the face.  Students painted the face and are using images of objects from magazines to add as the eyes, nose, mouth, and eyebrows.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders finished their Roy Lichtenstein inspired portraits and they turned out great. They are now working on modular origami.  Using six pieces of paper, students are folding each into one section, and then connecting them to create a cube. Last step is to add color.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders looked at famous artworks including the Mona Lisa, The Scream, Starry Night, and American Gothic before deciding which one to create a parody of. Each artwork must be changed from the original but still recognizable.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders talked about how many logos they see in a day and discussed what makes a strong logo. Each student is currently designing a personal logo that incorporates their name/initial and their interest and hobbies.  After ideas are drawn their final copy will be made entirely with construction paper.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders worked very hard to design and draw this year’s yearbook cover. The top ten will be voted on by the 8th graders for the front and back cover of the yearbook.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – September 2017

Kindergarten

The kindergarten learned about the Art room while going on a texture hunt. They used crayons to transfer different textures onto their paper.  They also looked at the work of Wassily Kandinsky that focused on shapes and color.  Using construction paper scrapes, each choose one shape to repeat throughout their artwork.

First Grade

The first graders learned about mythical creatures, like centaurs and gargoyles. They then created their own creature made up of at least 3 different animals.  They also discussed the difference between two dimensional and three dimensional objects by creating 3D masks using paper strips.

Second Grade

The second grades transformed into shoe designers and created the bottom for a new pair of shoes. They were thinking of both form and function while working.  They then looked at cave art and made some of their own with their papers taped to the bottom of their desks.

Third Grade

They third graders were excited to make this year’s art dollars. Each created their own crazy currency to be used in first, second, and third grade.  They also learned about Keith Haring and created bright scenes filled with figures showing motion.  Now they are gluing small paper squares together to create their own mosaic.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders slowed down and looked very closely at their shoes. They drew their shoe exactly how it looked in front of them using contour lines.  They are now working on Pop Art inspired by Burton Morris.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders discussed what makes caution signs so eye catching. Each student created their own silly caution sign using yellow and black construction paper for high contrast and focused more on the image then text.  They are currently working on a self-portrait in Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book style by coloring in with primary colors, black, and a skin color.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders created an accordion artwork that changes depending on what angle you look at it from. Their drawings had to be different yet related, such as drawing the same house, during the day and at night.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders practiced gesture drawings and used their sketches to help create a wire sculpture of a figure showing motion. The sculptures are currently on display outside of the art room.  Now they are working on creating a personalized logo that incorporates their initials and hobbies.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders looked at a brief history of graffiti art and discussed the use of tags. Each student made their own tag in a way that creates one flowing name, not individual letters.  Once drawn they added color, dimension, and shading with colored pencils.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – Kindergarten-2nd Syllabus

Art with Mr. Brazee

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade will have 1 – 45 minute art class each six day rotation
  • Each lesson is tied to an Element of Art or Principle of Design
  • Most lessons will include some Art history incorporating an Artist and Art Movement
  • Students will plan, explore, and create many types of artwork from drawing, painting, sculptures, and printmaking and everything between

Featured Projects:

Kindergarten

Texture Rubbings, Bubble Wrap Printmaking, Jim Dine Shapes, Clay Pinch Pots, Symmetrical Creatures and Edvard Munch’s The Scream

1st Grade

Mythical Creatures, Super Heros, Jackson Pollock Watercolors, Jasper Johns Numbers, Sandy Skoglund Surrealism, and Realistic Pumpkin Patches

2nd Grade

Cave Art, Kente Cloth, Henna Tattoos, Cubism with Picasso, Cezanne Still Life, and Leo Lionni Chameleons

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Mbrazee@stcletusparish.com

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Art – 3rd-5th Syllabus

Art with Mr. Brazee

3rd – 5th Grade

  • 3rd -5th Grade will have 1 – 45 minute art class each six day rotation with 8-10 Art classes per trimester.
  • Their grade is made up 2/3 Artworks, and 1/3 Participation.
  • Artworks are graded using the following rubric:
Art Rubric

Student Name:

Grade/Room #:

This project shows that the student:   Student  Mr. B
1. followed directions (4)
2. was creative, with original ideas (4)
3. displayed neat work, good craftsmanship (4)
4. created a balanced composition (4)
5. finished project completely (4)
6. put name on back of project (1)
                                  Total Points Possible (21)
Comments:
  • Participation- Each student starts class with 5 participation points.  Points are taken away for wasting time, misusing materials, distracting fellow students, and not following the art room rules.
  • Art Room Rules and Consequences
    • Rules – Respect
      • Respect the teacher
      • Respect your classmates
      • Respect the art room and its materials
    • Consequences
      • 1st Offense – Verbal Warning
      • 2nd Offense – Student will be moved to another seat and lose a participation point for the day
      • 3rd Offense – Students will lose another participation point and have an email sent home

Featured Projects:

3rd Grade

Keith Haring Figures, Mosaics, Comic Strips, George Rodrigue inspired

Dogs, and Printmaking

4th Grade

Contour Shoe Drawings, Pointillism with George Seurat, Salvador Dali

Surrealism, and Hanoch Piven Portraits

5th Grade

One Point Perspective, Modular Origami Cubes, Roy Lichtenstein inspired Self Portraits, and Letter/Number Sculptures

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Mbrazee@stcletusparish.com

 

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Art – 6th-8th Syllabus

Art with Mr. Brazee

6th – 8th Grade

  • 6th-8th grade students will have 1 – 45 minute art class each six day rotation.
  • Each grade level will have between 8-10 Art classes per trimester and complete  3-4 Artworks within that time.
  • Their grade is made up 2/3 Artworks, and 1/3 Participation .
  • Artworks are graded using the following rubric:
Art Rubric

Student Name:

Grade/Room #:

This project shows that the student:   Student  Mr. B
1. followed directions (4)
2. was creative, with original ideas (4)
3. displayed neat work, good craftsmanship (4)
4. created a balanced composition (4)
5. finished project completely (4)
6. put name on back of project (1)
                                  Total Points Possible (21)
Comments:
  • Participation – Each student starts class with 5 participation points.  Points are taken away for wasting time, misusing materials, distracting fellow students, and not following the art room rules.
  • Art Room Rules and Consequences
    • Rules – Respect
      • Respect the teacher
      • Respect your classmates
      • Respect the art room and its materials
    • Consequences
      • 1st Offense – Verbal Warning
      • 2nd Offense – Student will be moved to another seat and lose a participation point for the day
      • 3rd Offense – Students will lose another participation point, will receive a behavior violation, and have an email sent home

Featured Projects:

6th Grade

Op Art inspired by Bridget O’Riley, James Rizzi Cityscape, Leonardo Da Vinci Notebook Page, and Paper Mache Animal Sculpture

7th Grade

M.C. Escher’s Translation Tessellations, Wire Sculptures showing Movement, Fred Babb Expressive Self Portraits, 8th Grade Plaques, and Zentangle Names

8th Grade

Graffiti Art Names, Chuck Close Celebrity Portraits, Plaster Masks, Graduation and Yearbook Covers, and Pop Can Still Life

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Mbrazee@stcletusparish.com

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Art – May 2017

Kindergarten

The kindergarteners discussed positive and negative space before creating an artwork filled with both organic and geometric shapes. They are finishing up the year coloring a banner for the Kindergarten celebration.

First Grade

The first graders looked at the artwork American Gothic by Grant Wood before creating their own making it more modern. They changed the clothes, hair, and placed modern objects into the background making the artwork more current, but kept the iconic window on the house in the background.

Second Grade

The second graders looked at still lives by Paul Cezanne and created their own. Each table placed a bowl, table cloth, and apples together and then drew what they saw.  They used color blending, shadows, highlights, and overlapping to make them realistic.

Third Grade

The third graders op art, complimentary color

The third graders looked at the Henri Matisse’s construction paper cutouts. After looking at these colorful artworks each student created an optical illusion using only construction paper.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders recently finished creating dvd covers. They focused on placement and size of each part of the cover; the title, slogan, and image.  They are currently drawing bedroom shelves filled with items that tell us about their interests.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders have finished their paper mache letters/numbers. They turned out great and are on display in the case outside the art room.  They also learned about paper quilling and practiced making the different types of coils.  They are currently gluing coils together to create their final artwork.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders are learning about different ways to shade a drawing. After carefully drawing a popped popcorn kernel, they will shade using blending, hatching and crosshatching, or stippling.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders reviewed the difference between negative and positive space. They recently finished designing an image/scene that has their name hidden in the negative space.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders finished decorating their plaster masks with paint, yarn, feathers, and glitter. They also designed and drew their name on a brick sized sheet of paper to be added to the wall of the Art Room.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – April 2017

Kindergarten

The kindergarteners created Easter eggs starting with a circle and radial symmetry. After coloring their circle they cut it into multiple strips, by gluing the strips with small gaps the circle became an egg shape.

First Grade

The first graders learned the process of making Ukrainian eggs. Using a watercolor and crayon resist technique all students filled their eggs with Ukrainian symbols using crayons and painted with watercolors.  They are currently creating a low relief additive sculpture using cardboard scraps.

Second Grade

The second graders discussed different reasons people take photographs, figuring most are taken to share memories. Students then drew something they would like to photograph before gluing it to construction paper to make it look like a phone or digital camera.  They also learned how to show movement in an artwork through the figures pose and using repetition.  Students drew each other in action poses making sure to show the bends in the arms and legs to emphasize movement.

Third Grade

The third graders looked at Faberge eggs and learned about why they were made before drawing their own Faberge inspired egg. Each egg needed look like it was on display and also show a hidden surprise inside.  They also learned about Andy Warhol and created a Pop art drawing with a repeated image.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders looked discussed how balance is used within an artwork before moving on to symmetry and then radial symmetry. Using small construction paper triangles each created their own artwork using radial symmetry.  They currently turned into graphic designers while creating new dvd covers.  They focused on placement and size of each part of the cover; the title, slogan, and image.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders have finished building their three dimensional letters/numbers and are ready to paint them. As soon as painting is complete they will be placed outside the art room in the display case.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders created an accordion artwork that changes depending on what angle you look at it from. Their drawings had to be different yet related, such as drawing the same house, during the day and at night. They recently learned about the world of steampunk, which is an alternate future where advances in technology were mechanical and steam powered instead of electronic.  Each then created their own animal in the steampunk style.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders reviewed the difference between negative and positive space. They are now becoming super creative while designing an image/scene that has their name hidden in the negative space.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders discussed how masks are used in ours and other cultures before creating their own using plaster wrap on plastic molds. After the plaster dries they are removed from the mold and decorated with paint, yarn, feathers, and glitter.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – March 2017

Kindergarten

The kindergarteners created scratch art paper by coloring their paper with crayon and painting them black. Last class they used a sharp stick to scratch a drawing into the paper.  They also learned how create bubble letters then filled each with different lines and patterns.

First Grade

The first graders drew a close up of a face thinking about a bad hair day. The hair was drawn with as many different types of lines they could think of.  They also looked at the work of Jasper Johns that focuses on numbers, and then painted their own artwork using numbers.

Second Grade

The second graders learned about Pablo Picasso and George Braque, the founders of Cubism. Using construction paper scraps and markers each is creating their own face focusing on shape.

Third Grade

The third graders finished their ice cream cone sculptures and they are currently on display outside of the art room. They also learned how to draw a dresser using one point perspective.  Each had three drawers that were open and filled with all sorts of stuff.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders finished their zentangles, which is an artistic meditation that uses repetitive patterns to create image. They are now looking at how balance is used within an artwork before moving on to symmetry and then radial symmetry.  Using small construction paper triangles each created their own artwork using radial symmetry.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders have finished building their three dimensional letters/numbers and are ready to paint them. Each letter/number will be painted with a pattern or design.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders created an accordion artwork that changes depending on what angle you look at it from. Their drawings had to be different yet related, such as drawing the same house, during the day and at night.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders just finished working on realistic drawings of tools inspired by Jim Dine. Each tool was drawn to include shadows and highlights to help it pop off the page.  They are now becoming super creative while designing an image that has their name hidden in the negative space.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders finished the Monster Project drawings for their kindergarten buddy and have moved onto their plaster masks. Students will discuss how masks are used in ours and other cultures before creating their own using plaster wrap on plastic molds.  After the plaster dries they are removed from the mold and decorated with paint, yarn, feathers, and glitter.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – February 2017

Kindergarten

The kindergarteners created surprise watercolors; each drew a picture with white crayons on white paper, and then painted with watercolors over them to see the image magically appear. They also learned about The Monster Project, where students draw monsters and then a professional artist recreates that monster in their own style. Our professionals will be their 8th grade buddy.

First Grade

The first graders looked at the work of Robert Indiana that focuses around one word. Each choose a word, wrote it in the center of their paper, and then created a border of images that show what the word means to them. They are currently creating an artwork with torn paper inspired by Alma Thomas.

Second Grade

The second graders created shape quilts focusing on shapes and lines. Students drew a simple shape; broke it up with straight lines, then added little x’s to look like stitching. The final step was coloring each section with a different color. They are currently drawing detailed robots with an emphasis on line.

Third Grade

The third graders looked at paintings that focused on ice cream by Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud. Each used newspaper to create “ice cream scoops” that were placed into a cone. When painted students were encouraged to use enough paint to drip down the cone so it appeared to be melting.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders used a crayon and watercolor resist technique to paint a school of fish. Each student designed their own fish to be repeated throughout their painting with crayon before painting with watercolors. They are currently working on zentangles, which is an artistic meditation that uses repetitive patterns to create images.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders each drew a selfie, as seen on a cell phone screen, focusing on foreshortening to create a realistic image. Recently they began working on their three-dimensional letters. They started by cutting one letter twice out of cardstock, taped paper cups in-between each, and taped a spacer to close the edges. They will then paper mached their letter before adding a design or pattern with paint.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders looked at the work of Jackson Pollack and discussed his splattering. Then they looked at the work of Chen Yingjie, who uses splattering as part of his artworks, such as the feathers of a bird. Students were asked to create an artwork that incorporated splatters similar to Yingije.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders just finished an expressive self-portrait inspired by the work of Fred Babb. They are currently working on realistic drawings of tools inspired by Jim Dine. Each tool drawn must include shadows and highlights to help it pop off the page.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders finished their Chuck Close inspired portraits and they look great. They are currently working on The Monster Project. Each received a monster drawing from their kindergarten buddy. It is their job to recreate the monster in their own style.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – January 2017

Kindergarten

The kindergarteners learned about mosaics and discussed where they see them, such as the church and their house. Using white construction paper squares each built their own mosaic snowmen and then drew details with markers.

First Grade

The first graders created colorful collages using organic and geometric shapes with oil pastels. Students chose a shape to cut out and colored oil pastels along the edge before smearing the oil pastel onto their paper.  They continued this process to fill the page.

Second Grade

The second graders read the book “A Color of His Own” about a chameleon before drawing their own scene filled with chameleons. Each scene must include at least two chameleons hidden inside.

Third Grade

The third graders looked at mixed media collages by Pablo Picasso and George Braque. Each created their own collage using markers, newspaper, magazine clippings, crayons, and construction paper and fabric scraps.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders looked at the illustrations from the book “Snowmen at Night” and discussed how real they look because of shading and color blending. Each created their own realistic snowman blending colors using oil pastels.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders are working on wacky weavings where each strip is decorated with a bright and colorful pattern. When their strips are ready they will weave them onto a loom cut with wavy and zig zag lines.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders finished creating the structure for their animal sculptures and have paper mached them. They are currently painting them each in their own style; some realistic while others are adding bright designs and patterns to them.  When complete they will be in the display case next to the art room.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders are painting an expressive self-portrait inspired by the work of Fred Babb. Their painting has to show their personality and have a positive message.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders looked at some of the large scale portraits painted by Chuck Close. Students chose a portrait they wanted to draw larger and used gridding to transfer the image on a larger paper before shading and blending to make it as realistic as possible.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – December 2016

Kindergarten

The kindergarteners looked at the work of Piet Mondrian and noticed how he uses black lines to break up the canvas and fills each section with primary colors. The students took black strips of construction paper to create a Christmas tree, and then filled each section of the tree with different shades of green; the background was filled with primary colors.

First Grade

The first graders looked at Marc Chagall’s painting “I and the Village” and discussed what we can learn about the artist by his painting. After discussing how memories can be shown in their artworks, each drew their favorite Christmas memories to create their artwork.

Second Grade

The second graders finished their Kente cloth by weaving their decorated strips onto their paper loom. They also discussed the history of the nutcracker and colored their own close up face of a nutcracker focusing on all facial features.

Third Grade

The third graders learned how to draw ornaments that looked three dimensional by shading and the use of highlights and curved lines. After creating a few perfectly drawn ornaments, they were cut out and glued onto a drawing of a Christmas tree branch, which used multiple shades of green to add dimension to the artwork.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders carefully finished their pointillism paintings this past week. They have also started drawing realistic snowmen using oil pastels after looking at the illustrations from the book “Snowmen at Night.”

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders finished drawing and coloring their one point perspective scene. They then moved onto wacky weavings where each strip is decorated with a pattern before woven into a loom filled with wavy lines.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders finished creating the structure for their animal sculptures and have paper mached them. When students return from Christmas break each will be painted to add the finishing touch.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders finished creating their personal logo. Each logo incorporates their name/initial and their interests and hobbies.  When we return from Christmas break they will be learning about the Fred Babb

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders finished their kaleidocycle, which is a twistable ring of six four-sided pyramids. As it twists it revels one of four drawings or designs.  When they return from Christmas break they will be learning about Chuck Close.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – November 2016

Kindergarten

The kindergarteners looked at self-portraits by Vincent VanGogh, Henri Matisse, and Leonardo Da Vinci before drawing their own self portrait. They also learned the difference between something that is two dimensional and three dimensional while using construction paper strips to create their 3-D amusement park.

First Grade

The first graders watched a video showing how Jackson Pollack placed his canvas on the ground and painted by splattering and pouring the paint all over it. Each created their own crazy artwork using watercolors and straws to blow their paint all over their paper.  They also looked at the funny portraits by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who uses fruits and vegetables as each part of the face.  After discussing how they are put together each student created their own.

Second Grade

The second graders discussed Eric Carle’s illustrations and how they are created. Using construction paper and wall paper scraps each created a new character using a collage method.  They are currently learning about Kente cloth and how to weave.  Focusing on patterns and color each student picked strips of paper, decorated them with shapes and lines, and finally wove them onto their paper loom.

Third Grade

The students looked at the Sunday comics to see what most comics have in common. Each created their own comic strip making sure it had a title, characters, dialogue, setting, and color.  Students worked hard to fit their comic into the six frame strip.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders looked at Georges Seurat’s painting Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte and discussed Pointillism. Each is carefully creating their own painting using only dots.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders looked at Raphael’s School of Athens and discussed how one point perspective is used to convey depth. After learning how to create three dimensional objects using one point perspective each student created their own scene using those techniques.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders started sketching ideas for their animal sculpture which will be made with a wire armature and paper mached. They are currently creating the wire armature to form their animal’s body.  In the next few weeks they will paper mache and paint their sculptures.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders talked about how many logos they see in a day and discussed what makes a strong logo. Each student is currently designing a personal logo that incorporates their name/initial and their interest and hobbies.  After ideas are drawn their final copy will be made entirely with construction paper.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders are creating a kaleidocycle, which is a twistable ring of six four-sided pyramids. As it twists it will reveal one of four drawings at a time.  Each drawing had to be related yet different.

 

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – October 2016

Kindergarten

The kindergarteners have been busy learning about the elements of art in each lesson. They discussed balance while making their symmetrical creature and line and shape while painting their crazy cacti.  They also looked at the sunflower paintings of Vincent Van Gogh.  Using oil pastels, each colored a few flowers in a vase being sure to overlap and blend colors.

First Grade

The first graders looked at the surreal work of Sandy Skoglund before creating their own surreal scene focusing on only two colors. They also learned how to draw pumpkins realistically using contour lines and color blending with crayons to help them appear three dimensional.

Second Grade

The second graders looked at the basic shapes needed to draw a Lego character. Changing colors, hair, accessories, and adding props made each students character unique.  They are now learning the difference between positive and negative shape while cutting out Halloween shapes.

Third Grade

The students viewed many artworks painted by George Rodrigue that focused on a large blue dog. They noticed how the dog stayed the same but the backgrounds changed.  Each chose a new place for the dog to go and created their artwork using markers, colored pencils, or crayons.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders finished their Pop Art inspired by Burton Morris using bright and bold colors. They also looked at the silly portraits made by Hanoch Piven.  His portraits are created by painting the outline of the face and placing found objects to make up the details of the face.  Students painted the face and are using images of objects from magazines to add as the eyes, nose, mouth, and eyebrows.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders finished their Roy Lichtenstein inspired portraits and they turned out great. They are now working on modular origami.  Using six pieces of paper, students are folding each into one section, and then connecting them to create a cube. Last step is to add color.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders worked on blind contours to help teach them to slow down and notice details. This technique helps them draw what they really see, not what they think it should look like.  From there, they moved onto their contour hand drawings making sure to notice all details and draw exactly what they see.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders practiced gesture drawings and used their sketches to help create a wire sculpture of a figure showing motion. The sculptures are currently on display outside of the art room.  They also looked at the surreal work of Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte and discussed how to make something look surreal, such as playing with scale and the laws of nature.  Each created their own surreal scene with colored pencils.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders finished their notan designs, which focused on how positive and negative space interacts in an artwork. They are currently working on designs for this year’s yearbook cover.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – September 2016

Art – September 2016

Kindergarten

The kindergarten learned about the Art room while going on a texture hunt. They used crayons to transfer different textures onto their paper.  They also looked at the work of Wassily Kandinsky that focused on shapes and color.  Using construction paper scrapes, each choose one shape to repeat throughout their artwork.

First Grade

The first graders learned about mythical creatures, like centaurs and gargoyles. They then created their own creature made up of at least 3 different animals.  They also discussed the difference between two dimensional and three dimensional objects by creating 3D masks using paper strips.  They are currently working on drawing super heroes and villains using basics shapes.

Second Grade

The second grades transformed into shoe designers and created the bottom for a new pair of shoes. They were thinking of both form and function while working.  They then looked at cave art and made some of their own with their papers taped to the bottom of their desks.

Third Grade

They third graders were excited to make this year’s art dollars. Each created their own crazy currency to be used in first, second, and third grade.  They then learned about Keith Haring and created bright scenes filled with figures showing motion.  Now they are gluing small paper squares together to create their own mosaic.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders looked at Line, and created an artwork featuring as many different lines they could think of. They also slowed down and looked very closely at their shoes.  They drew their shoe exactly how it looked in front of them using contour lines.  They are now working on Pop Art inspired by Burton Morris.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders discussed what makes caution signs so eye catching. Each student created their own silly caution sign using yellow and black construction paper for high contrast and focused more on the image then text.  They are currently working on a self-portrait in Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book style by coloring in with primary colors, black, and a skin color.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders worked on optical illusions in their artwork to help create a sense of movement. They are played around with the size of shapes, spacing of each object, and use of shading to help show that movement. They also looked at famous artworks including the Mona Lisa, The Scream, Starry Night, and American Gothic before deciding which one to create a parody of.  Each artwork must be changed from the original but still recognizable.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders looked at the tessellations of M.C. Escher and discussed how each shape fits together without any gaps or overlapping. Using cardstock, each student made their tessellating shape and thought about what it could turn into.  The final step was tracing their shape to fill their paper and coloring each one.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders looked at a brief history of graffiti art and discussed the use of tags. Each student made their own tag in a way that creates one flowing name, not individual letters.  Once drawn they added color, dimension, and shading with colored pencils.  They also learned about notan designs, a Japanese design concept focusing on light and dark, and created their own artwork using symmetry to balance positive and negative space.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mbrazee@stcletusparish.com.

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Art – Welcome Back!!!

Welcome back to another exciting year of Art at St. Cletus.

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade will have 1 – 45 minute art class each six day rotation
  • Each lesson is tied to an Element of Art or Principle of Design
  • Most lessons will include some Art history incorporating an Artist and Art Movement
  • Students will plan, explore, and create many types of artwork from drawing, painting, sculptures, and printmaking and everything between

Featured Projects:

Kindergarten

Texture Rubbings, Bubble Wrap Printmaking, Jim Dine Shapes, Clay Pinch Pots, Symmetrical Creatures and Edvard Munch’s The Scream

1st Grade

Mythical Creatures, Super Heros, Jackson Pollock Watercolors, Jasper Johns Numbers, Sandy Skoglund Surrealism, and Realistic Pumpkin Patches

2nd Grade

Cave Art, Kente Cloth, Henna Tattoos, Cubism with Picasso, Cezanne Still Life, and Leo Lionni Chameleons

3rd – 8th Grade

  • 3rd -8th Grade will have 1 – 45 minute art class each six day rotation with 8-10 Art classes per trimester.
  • Their grade is made up 2/3 Artworks, and 1/3 Participation.
  • Artworks are graded using the following rubric:

 

Art Rubric

Student Name:

Grade/Room #:

This project shows that the student:   Student  Mr. B
1. followed directions (4)    
2. was creative, with original ideas (4)    
3. displayed neat work, good craftsmanship (4)    
4. created a balanced composition (4)    
5. finished project completely (4)    
6. put name on back of project (1)    
                                 Total Points Possible (21)    
Comments:

Participation- Each student starts class with 5 participation points. Points are taken away for wasting time, misusing materials, distracting fellow students, and not following the art room rules.

 

Featured Projects:

3rd Grade

Keith Haring Figures, Mosaics, Comic Strips, George Rodrigue inspired Dogs, and Printmaking

4th Grade

Contour Shoe Drawings, Pointillism with George Seurat, Salvador Dali Surrealism, and Hanoch Piven Portraits

5th Grade

One Point Perspective, Modular Origami Cubes, Roy Lichtenstein inspired Self Portraits, and Letter/Number Sculptures

6th Grade

Op Art inspired by Bridget O’Riley, James Rizzi Cityscape, Leonardo Da Vinci Notebook Page, and Paper Mache Animal Sculpture

7th Grade

M.C. Escher’s Translation Tessellations, Wire Sculptures showing Movement, Fred Babb Expressive Self Portraits, 8th Grade Plaques, and Zentangle Names

8th Grade

Graffiti Art Names, Chuck Close Celebrity Portraits, Plaster Masks, Graduation and Yearbook Covers, and Pop Can Still Lifes

 

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Mbrazee@stcletusparish.com

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