Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kandinsky finished artworks

Our master artist's artwork. 
Wassily Kandinsky
Squares with Concentric Circles

Student artworks in pastel on watercolor paper.
The center two circles on the left side are complementary colors - colors that are across from each other on the color wheel.
The center two circles on the right side are analogous colors - colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Today for our Wednesday class we made pumpkins!
We wrote something we were thankful for on our pumpkins.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wayne Thiebaud - Let them eat cake!...well draw cake anyway

We are beginning our new project this week. We will be talking more about shape and line. We are practicing "seeing".
We will be drawing a cake with a slice cut out of it.

Wayne Thiebaud
Oil on canvas
60 x 72 in
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Wayne Thiebaud - pronounced the word "Tea" (like in a cup of tea) and the word "bow" (Like in a bow and an arrow). Tea-bow. Wayne Thiebaud (born November 15, 1920) is an American painter best known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figures. He is associated with the Pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his early works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work.

Questions we will discuss:
What shape is a cake?
Is the image of the painted cake a circle?
Is a circle perfectly round?
The cake top is and oval. Why isn't the shape perfectly round?
Are all the curves of the cake the same or are they different?
Is this a still life, portrait, or landscape?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ms. Martinez's Quarter 1 Parent Conferences

Parents will meet with Ms. Martinez in the Art Room to discuss their child’s progress in Art over the course of the first quarter. Specials conferences are optional. We recommend scheduling a conference only if a parent has particular question, concern, or love for one of our Specials. Conferences last 10 minutes.


Tuesday, October 14th
(ten-minute slots from 2:00-6:30)

Wednesday, October 15th
(ten-minute slots from 2:00-6:30)

Thursday, October 16th
(ten-minute slots from 4:00-8:00)

Friday, October 17th
(ten-minute slots from 2:00-5:00)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Some examples of our finished works...

The Master work by Paul Klee oil on canvas.

Some artworks by 3rd graders. Looks pretty great! Chalk pastels on construction paper.

Paul Klee cont...

This project aims to discuss 2 of the 7 elements of art.
Line & Shape

In class we discussed these questions:

Why is this painting called “Red Balloon”?
What does this painting make you think of?  A hot air balloon? A city? An airial view of a landscape?
Are the lines random? Or do they line up?
Can you find a very long line?
What colors do you see? Are they bright or muted?
What shapes do you see?
Squares, triangles, circles are geometric shapes.
What is an organic shape?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Paul Klee, Red Balloon, 1922

We have been talking about Paul Klee and his painting "Red Balloon". Klee was born December 18, 1879 – died June 29, 1940. He was a painter born in Switzerland and is considered to be a Swiss German. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually got deep into color theory, writing about it extensively; his lectures Writings on Form and Design Theory published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks, are held to be as important for modern art as Leonardo da Vinci’s Treatise on Paintings was for the Renisance. He and his colleague, the Russian painter Kandinsky, both taught at the German Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture. His works reflect his dry humour and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and also his musicality.

Although much of Klee’s work is figurative, compositional design nearly always preceded narrative association. The artist often transformed his experiments in tonal value and line into visual anecdotes. Red Balloon, for example, is at once a cluster of delicately colored, floating geometric shapes and a charming cityscape. –