Welcome EAGLE School of Madison

Sept. 26, 2012

After School Art Class

from:Beckett, Marcia

to:All Students

Thank you for the overwhelming response to the after school art class this coming Tuesday.  Sign ups are now closed as the class is full.  There will be more after school art classes throughout the year. 

Sept. 24, 2012

Round and Round

from:Beckett, Marcia

to:Nest - 5/6 Art

Nest:  The Nest students are experimenting with lines in many ways.  This week we are going to make a line sculpture using wire.

Primary:  The Primaries are learning about symmetry while making a felt and fabric wall hanging. 

Upper Primary:  Maps are the theme again this week.  The children will be making imaginary maps.  Mapmaking ties into their study of communities in LA/SS/D.

Intermediates:  The Intermediates are now starting a unit about insects.  They will be making a paper insect this week and a paper mache sculpture of an insect next week.  This unit will tie in to their study of habitats in Science class.

3/4s:  The 3/4s are now working on radial designs.  Radial balance is any type of balance based on a circle with its design extending from center (for example, a wheel with spokes).  Repetition, pattern and balance are key concepts in this project.

4/5s:  The 4/5s are using magazines pictures to create a collage of the interior of a house.  They are focusing on overlapping and integrating the shapes.  Soon, they will be introduced to Surrealism and they will be adding unexpected elements to their picture using size, scale, juxtaposition and dislocation to create a surreal atmosphere.

5/6s:  The 5/6s had the privilege of listening to Mrs. Doris Koster, a wife of a veteran, talk to our class about the story of the poppies and read to us the poem "In Flander's Field" http://www.cal-mum.com/poppy.htm

The 5/6s will be making posters to honor the veterans.  These will be displayed at the Fitchburg Senior Center and three will be chosen for top honors and seven for honorable mentions.  The students will be invited to a Veteran's Day ceremony at the Senior Center.

Sept. 17, 2012

What is Art?

from:Beckett, Marcia

to:Nest - 5/6 Art

Nest:  The Nest students are experimenting with lines in many ways.   They created a line picture with construction paper, markers and yarn.  This week they will be making another line drawing with markers and soon they will make a line sculpture using wire.

Primary:  Complementary colors will be introduced through discussion and the book The Orange Book, by Richard McGuire (which is a delightful vintage children's book that contains pictures entirely using orange and blue colors).  The children will make complementary color collages.

Upper Primary:  Maps are the theme of this week.  The children will be making neighborhood maps and later, imaginary maps. 

Intermediates:   We are drawing a self-portrait to place on top of our painted backgrounds.

3/4s:  We are working on an "Art is..." poster.  Using words and images, the students are making a poster that depicts what "Art is" to them.  We read the book Art Is.. by Bob Raczka.  This is one of my favorite children's books about art because it introduces all different types of art and shows what art can be!

4/5s:  The 4/5s are using magazines pictures to create a collage of the interior of a house.  They are focusing on overlapping and integrating the shapes.  Soon, they will be introduced to Surrealism and they will be adding unexpected elements to their picture using size, scale, juxtaposition and dislocation to create a surreal atmosphere.

5/6s:  The 5/6s had the privilege of listening to Mrs. Doris Koster, a wife of a veteran, talk to our class about the story of the poppies and read to us the poem "In Flander's Field" http://www.cal-mum.com/poppy.htm

The 5/6s will be making posters to honor the veterans.  These will be displayed at the Fitchburg Senior Center and three will be chosen for top honors and seven for honorable mentions.  The students will be invited to a Veteran's Day ceremony at the Senior Center.

Sept. 07, 2012

Student Council Elections

from:Beckett, Marcia

to:All Students

Student Council elections will take place during homeroom next Friday, Sept. 14.  Student Council is open to students in grades 4/5-7/8.  We plan dances, dress-up days, School Store, the Talent Show, the food drive, Trick or Treat for UNICEF and other fun activities.  If you have any questions, ask Marcia Beckett

Sept. 07, 2012

Our art has a lot of "POP!"

from:Beckett, Marcia

to:Nest - 5/6 Art

"In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes,"  Andy Warhol

The Upper Primaries are studying Andy Warhol, so I thought I would share this quote with you. Here are updates from the art room.

Nest:  We read the book The Dot, which is a charming story about a little girl who finds her artistic voice by creating dot paintings.  The children started a dot picture by cutting out large dots (circles) from colored construction paper.  Then, dots were added with paint dabbers and markers.  These have been added to Artsonia.com and soon you will receive instructions about how to log in.

Primary:  A slideshow was shown about Stuart Davis' artwork and we discussed how artists could use letters and words in their pictures.  The children are making delightful pictures by arranging letters into a design.  Markers are being used to add color.

Upper Primary:  As I mentioned earlier, the Upper Primaries are learning about Andy Warhol and Pop Art.  They used mirrors to draw a self-portrait.  The self-portraits were photocopied several times and each were colored in bold and expressive colors.  To learn about Warhol, the students saw pictures of his work and next week we are going to read a book and watch a short video about him.

Intermediates:  The Intermediates have spent the past week mixing colors of paint and discovering new colors.  They divided a background into squares and rectangles and used their paint to color the sections.  Next week, we will be drawing a self-portrait to place on top of the background.

3/4s: We have finished our grid sketchbook covers.  The 3/4Bs have unfortunately missed two art periods, due to the class being on a Monday, so they will catch up to the other class next week.  We are now going to be working on an "Art is..." poster.  Using words and images, the students are making a poster that depicts what "Art is" to them.  We read the book Art Is.. by Bob Raczka.  This is one of my favorite children's books about art because it introduces all different types of art and shows what art can be!

4/5s:  We read about Leonardo DaVinci and his drawings of inventions.  The students are now using their imaginations to create their own invention.  They are coming up with all sorts of wild ideas.

5/6s:  The students have been taking their time to create some lovely name designs using objects for the letters.   We are now moving on to a design project.  They learned about two graphic artists:  Bradbury Thompson and Peter Max.  Working in partners or independently, students are making community posters for the school.  Some of the themes include building good character and celebrating the 30th anniversary of our school. 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 02, 2012

First Week of Art

from:Beckett, Marcia

to:Nest - 5/6 Art

During the first week of art, we became acquainted with the art room and the procedures of art class.  Each of the classes start working on the covers for their sketchbooks.  We are using individual sheets of prepunched cardstock (donated by the UW medical records center) and will bind them with rings later in the year.

Nest:  We read the book The Art Box which is about all the many types of supplies you might find in the art room.  Then, they chose a color and created a color collage from magazine images. 

Primary:  Each student made an image of the first initial of their name by cutting out colors from magazines and assembling them to form their initial.  In the background, they made texture rubbings with crayons and added watercolor paint for an extra burst of color.

Upper Primary:  The UPs made circle prints by dipping cylindrical objects in paint and dabbing them on paper.  When dry, the circles were colored with markers.

Intermediate:  They created a name design for their sketchbook cover and they started their first big art project.  On Friday, we read the book Luke's Way of Looking about a child who sees the world in his own way.  They experimented mixing colors of paint and created a background for a self-portrait.

3/4:  The 3/4s are using a grid layout to make a design for their sketchbook cover.

4/5:  The students each made a sketchbook cover by drawing their name very large and filling in spaces with bold patterns.

5/6:  The 5/6s are also making a name design for their sketchbook, but they are using objects to draw the letters of their name.  For example, they could use a crescent moon for the letter "C"  or a donut for the letter "O".  This project is really stretching their creativity.

Aug. 24, 2012

Welcome to EAGLE Art

from:Beckett, Marcia

to:Nest - 5/6 Art

Welcome back to school!  I am so excited to start our art lessons. 

You can learn more about what we do in Art class (and see pictures) by visiting the EAGLE Artists Website.  As school gets underway, your artwork will be posted on the ARTSONIA art gallery.  You will receive information in your locker about your username and password.

During the first couple of art classes, we will dive right in to creative art making and will design our sketchbook covers.

On Art class days, it would be a good idea to not wear your best clothes.  We do wear smocks, but paint has a sneaky way of finding its way on to clothing.