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Board Room Artwork Gallery

Indian Trail Artwork Decorates Board Room for May and Throughout The Summer

Indian Trail students explored distant lands when we learned about the tradition of Henna tattoos.  They were able to see and hear about this custom that is still carried out today.  Using the elements of line, shape, and color the students traced their own handprint and then designed their own unique “tattoos” on their handprint using only black ink.  To contrast this design, the background was done in 2 or 3 colors to make their work stand out.

Third-grader and first-grader students welcomed spring with paper weaving and springtime birds using the technique of torn paper mosaics.

Radial design is apparent in the beautiful designs that the fifth-graders made using discarded CDs, making sure that their designs “radiated” from the center point out.

Water colors were used for the winter birch trees that also incorporate shadowing in the fence line.

Picasso would be proud to see the wild witches made by the fifth-graders after learning about this famous artist’s abstract techniques.

Atmospheric perspective is shown in the foggy silhouettes made by the fourth-graders. 

Finally, tissue paper cities appeared as we used form, color, space, shape, and value to create these colorful towns.

Kingsbury Elementary School Decorates Board Room for April

Elementary art students at Kingsbury School have provided visual happiness for all those viewing their art projects on display at the Educational Services Center.  The children have created projects reflecting various styles and cultures in art.  From studying abstract artists like Jackson Pollock and Joan Miro, they have created soft pastel designs exploding with color, shape and line.  Claude Monet’s garden paintings helped fourth grade students develop their own impressionistic garden scenes using transparent watercolors.  To sharpen their drawings skills, fifth grade students used magazine photographs to draw part of a portrait that is almost a perfect mirror image of the photos they worked from.  They learned the purpose of using different values to create shading in the face that made the drawing appear as realistic as the photograph.  Along with studying different types of art, the Kingsbury art students explored different cultures and the art from those cultures.  They learned about the black-figure technique used on vases by ancient Greek artists and incorporated those designs into their own works.  They made Ojo’s de Dios, a weaving project thought to have originated with the Huichol Indians of Jalisco.  Batik, which is a wax-resist dye technique used in Indonesia for hundreds of years was introduced to second graders and recreated in their turtle paintings.

Art at Kingsbury School is an expressive and creative process enriched with the knowledge of famous artists, their styles and enhanced with the elements and principles of design.  In other words, enthusiasm and an excitement for the subject of art are shared by all and evident in the works of art on display.

The second-graders at Kingsbury explored the characteristics of the sea turtle and their environment.  The colorful sea turtle paintings emphasized color, balance, texture, and patterns.  By drawing contour lines with crayons and wrinkling the paper to create creases that accept more pigment of the paint, gave the illusion that light is refracting through the ocean. A crayon resist technique was used by brushing the blue watercolor over the colored lines.  Students enjoyed seeing the magic take place by creating an underwater look.

March Features Kesling Intermediate School Artwork In The Board Room

Sixth-grade students created Word Art and Cubist Letters projects.  The Word Art lesson introduced students to the style of Pop Art including key style characteristics and also included the concepts of pattern, unity and contrast while the Cubist Letters lesson introduced students to the style of cubism including key style characteristics and also included the concept of warm/cool color families.

Seventh-grade students worked on Woven Mandalas and Linocut Prints.  The Woven Mandalas lesson introduced students to the world of mandalas throughout the world.  Students learned that mandalas symbolize the individual or personal soul.  Then together the students compared and contrasted the belief or used of mandalas from 5 different cultures.  Students then created poem in the shape of a mandalas that symbolized their place in this world.   Finally, using the poem for guidance they created a woven mandala to as a visual representation of everything they put into the poem.  The Linocut Prints lesson focused on the many types of printmaking including safety and signature requirements.  After looking at lots of examples together, students were instructed to create a design that showed strong visual movement.

Eighth-grade students learned about Before and After Drawings, Artist Collective, and Tri-Footed Vessels.  The Before and After Drawings included two lessons.  The “Before” drawing was a drawing the students completed on their first day in class.  Students were asked to draw a person to the best of their ability and as realistically as they could.  This drawing served to evaluate where student abilities were and to identify areas that needed to be covered.  The “After” drawing was a term-ending drawing in which students used skills they had gained throughout the class.  This drawing involved many days of work within an almost silent working environment where they were “in the zone” of concentrated and intense drawing.  The Artist Collective lesson’s main purpose was to students to focus their attention on looking for and noticing detail and working to draw what they see accurately.  The Tri-Footed Vessels lesson included an investigation of Cameron, Africa and the people who live there and the symbols commonly used by these people.  Students learned about a specific type of tri-footed pottery made there and ended the lesson by creating a tri-footed vessel of there own.

La Porte Middle School Students’ Artwork Decorates Board Room for February

La Porte Middle School artwork created by sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students reflects the use of many different kinds of mediums.  Line, shape, color and value enhance acrylic paintings of color wheels, cubist portraits, op art designs and monochromatic bottles.  Abstract face masks were made using the collage technique.  One point perspective was used in the cylinder drawings.  Studying the Chinese New Year, students made Chinese dragons.  Mandalas were made after learning about the occurrence of radial symmetry in nature.  Aboriginal Dreamings were made with oil crayons and white paint.  Students studied Chinese calligraphy and then made unfolded crescent fans putting their favorite phrase across the front.

La Porte High School Decorates Board Room for January

Students in Mrs. Laura Krentz’s Beginning Level 2D Art, students were faced with the challenge of learning to create artworks that have a three-dimensional effect on a two-dimensional surface.  This technique is achieved through mastering the art of shading or chiaroscuro, the term the Italians coined to refer to the art of adding lights and darks to an artwork.  Students work using direct observation when drawing still life objects.

In Mrs. Krentz’s painting class, beginning level students are encouraged to experiment with color placement and color interactions that create movement, contrast, emphasis and unity – which are some of the basic principles of design.  Students learned that a good work of art starts with an idea and a plan.

Mrs. Krentz is the Photography Club Sponsor and all La Porte High School students are welcome to join the club.  Students use their own digital cameras to create high quality photos and meet after school each week for peer critiques, guest speakers, and fun activities such as photo scavenger hunts.  This year, the students voted to create a calendar for 2010 that features their photos. This calendar is a fundraiser to provide a scholarship for a senior student who desires to continue photographic studies in college.

Students in Mr. Turner’s painting class worked with Mixed Media Painting techniques and their first assignment of this semester’s was to draw then paint a picture of ceramic vessels.  Each table was given two random ceramic vessels and instructed to draw them at whatever angle they were sitting at.  Students were to paint the vessels in the same realistic colors with watercolor, then choose a contrasting color(s) for the background.  To complete the project students were given the option of using colored pencil to enhance the color hence making it mixed media.

Mr. Turner’s Beginning Level 2-D art class focused on drawing from real life.  Studies start with basic objects under dramatic lighting and then work up to more complex arrangements.  Students were given one class period to complete a drawing of a sphere using ebony pencil and chalk on grey paper.

Board Room Festively Decorated By Hailmann Elementary Students for December

Hailmann Elementary students are filled with the holiday spirit!

First-graders followed a series of directions to create their elves and "reindeer in the window" projects.  What expression!

Second-graders made candy canes that look good enough to eat.

Creating a checkerboard pattern was key for the third-grade reindeer project.

Fourth-graders made another type of reindeer, along with colorful bells that allowed them to combine tissue paper to create interesting color combinations.

Happy Holidays from Hailmann!

Crichfield Elementary School Traditional Artwork Decorates Board Room during November

In November, the Crichfield students focused their learning in the art room on Native Americans and Thanksgiving traditions. 

5th graders learned about the German folkart of scherenschnitte and cut beautiful lacey turkeys in the scherenschnitte style.

2nd and 4th graders learned about the customs and lifestyles of the Native Americans.  They made cradleboards after learning how Native American women were responsible for tending to the crops and caring for their infant children.  They also looked at Native American symbols and clothing when decorating their sitting “Braves”.

3rd graders turned their artistic talents towards Tom Turkey making sure that holiday meals DON’T include their relatives and friends, hoping that cooks everywhere follow their suggestion and serve something OTHER than the traditional turkey meal on Thanksgiving!

Kingsford Heights Elementary School Says "Welcome to the BOOard room!”

Kingsford Heights Elementary School celebrates Halloween by decorating the Board Room with festive artwork during October.

Second and fourth-graders created witches and Frankenstein monsters full of expression.  Third-graders learned the torn-paper technique to make jack-o-lanterns.  Bats in flight were created by fifth- graders using tools usually associated with math---compasses. 

Ms. Martha Snyder, Kingsford Height’s art teacher stated “We hope you enjoy our efforts...Happy Halloween!”

Riley Elementary School Artwork Decorates Board Room For The Start Of The 2009-2010 School Year

First-grade students discussed the apple season which inspired the students to create an apple tree by using red paint and crayons.  Lines and shapes in art and nature were identified by the students.  By using their finger each student placed the apple prints on their tree.  The first-graders enjoyed this project as a creative outlet that allowed them to use a variety of techniques.
Second-grade students learned the technique of printmaking and created Owl Apple Prints.  Patterns were created by using fruits and vegetables.  The lines and shapes of these natural objects create a distinct print which was transferred onto the white paper.  The apple prints became the owls that sit on the colored branches.  The second-graders were amazed by the patterns formed by using a stamping process.
Third-grade students created self-portraits by using their pencils and crayons.   They learned the difference between a portrait and a self-portrait.  Proportion and scale were discussed while drawing the facial features.  A number of great artists painted pictures of themselves.