Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kandinsky's Squares with Concentric Circles

This week, continuing our study of color theory, we will begin creating Wassily Kandinky's Squares with Concentric Circles, 1918. Using complementary and analogous colors. We will create these in chalk pastels.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers

This week on Wednesday 2C & 3C made Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Color Theory

We have begun to study color theory. We are learning about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. And we are learning how to make them! First using colored pencils.

We are also learning about complementary and analogous color schemes. Very soon we will be making artwork featuring these color schemes :) So the fun begins!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Curriculum Night

K-2 Curriculum Night Thursday, August 21, 6-8pm
3-5 Curriculum Night Thursday, August 28, 6-8pm


Hear about our curriculum maps. Where are we going and how we plan on getting there.

2nd & 3rd Grade Arete Curriculum Map and Projects

1st Quarter
Topic: LINE: Observe and discuss types of lines and how they are used in 2‐dimensional works.
Objective: Student will define types of lines; recognize the importance of line as a tool to organize composition, convey mood, delineate space; know difference between organic and geometric lines and shapes; use varied media: chalk pastels, oil pastels, watercolor; practice seeing and making varied line marks.

2nd Quarter
Topic: SCULPTURE: Observe and discuss shape, mass and line in dimensional works.
Objective: Student will define sculpture and recognize and define the various forms; compare and speak on differences in style/appearance between ancient Greek, Post-Impressionist, and ancient Chinese sculptures; experience sculpture making with clay.

3rd Quarter
Topic: TYPES OF PICTURES: portrait, self-portrait, and still life. Introduce Landscape.
Objective: Student will recognize the difference between realistic and abstract representations. Review thoughts on how elements of line, color, and shape support/impact realism vs. abstraction; use oil pastels and watercolor; review previously learned types of 2D artworks and add landscape, recognize and verbalize the differences, be able to define the types

4th Quarter
Topic: ARCHITECTURE: Observe and discuss varied architectural forms through history.
Objective: Student will know form follows function = how architecture is shaped for its purpose, recognize and define architectural features, use pen and wash, clay

2nd & 3rd Grade Core Knowledge Curriculum

                  I. Elements of Art (line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color)
                                    Mother and Child, Picasso
                                    The Great Wave at Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai
                  II. Sculpture (form and space)
                                    Discobolus (Discus Thrower), Myron of Athens
                                    Flying Horse, One Leg Resting on a Swallow
                                    The Thinker, Auguste Rodin
                  III. Kinds of Pictures: Landscapes
                                    The Oxbow, Thomas Cole
                                    View of Toledo, El Greco
                                    Virgin Forest at Sunset, Henri Rousseau
                                    The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh
                  IV. Abstract Art
                                    Young Hare, Albrecht Durer
                                    Cat and Bird, Paul Klee
                                    Bull’s Head, Pablo Picasso
                                    Baseball Players, Elaine Marie de Kooning
                                    The Snail, Henri Matisse
                                    Passenger Pigeon, John James Audubon
                                    I and the Village, Marc Chagall
                                    Bird in Space, Constantin Brancusi
                  V. Architecture
                                    Parthenon, Iktinus and Kallikrates
                                    Great Stupa
                                    Himeji Castle
                                    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Wednesday Atelier or “Artist’s Workshop”

Atelier noun \ˌa-təl-ˈyā\

The French word for "workshop", and in English is used primarily for the workshop of an artist in the fine or decorative arts.

Our students have art class one Wednesday a month. We are having 2nd & 3rd grade students bring in a piece of artwork that day to share with the class. This is not required and does not count towards the grade. Some students make a lot of artwork at home and this is an opportunity to share those projects. It could be crochet, clay, painting, any artwork without pop culture references.

2nd Wednesday of the month
                  2A Atolagbe & Peterson
                  3A Avery & Welch

3rd Wednesday of the month
                  2B Cook & Spriggs
                  3B Sexton & Austin

4th Wednesday of the month
                  2C Mason & Geyer
                  3C Naaktgeboren & Miller

Sitting like the Mona Lisa

We learned about one of the most famous paintings of all time "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci was Italian artist and the painting was created around 1506. The painting is now on view at the Louvre in Paris.

We learned how to sit and smile like the Mona Lisa when we are paying attention. It's fun!

1st Week of Art Class

We just finished our first week of art class. It was wonderful to meet all of the new students. We learned lots of new procedures and even got o make an art project. We read a book called "Beautiful Oops" by Barney Saltzberg and learned that in art mistakes will happen and it's ok. We will figure out a creative way to fix our errors.

We even made our own oops drawings!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August 7, 2014

Dear Archway Arete Families,

What an exciting time. We have been working hard to prepare for our first year on this lovely new campus. I look forward to our first day of school, August 11, in our exquisite new classroom. I am very excited to meet all of my new 2nd and 3rd grade art students. This year we are going to make so many discoveries and connections in art, not to mention beautiful creations! This year we will explore line, color, shape, and the many masterpieces outlined in Core Knowledge.

The visual arts are diverse yet interconnected by the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, which are the foundations of great works. Focusing on time-proven classics in the classroom, we can learn why these works are important, how they were made, and how we can incorporate this understanding into our own artwork.

Please email me anytime at

Thank you,

Melissa Martinez

2nd & 3rd Grade Visual Arts Instructor

Young Hare
Albrecht Durer (German 1471-1528)
c. 1502Watercolor
10” x 10”
Location Albertina, Vienna 

The brand new Archway Arete art room before we decorated.

Another view of the Archway Arete art room before we decorated.