Friday, September 30, 2016

OrangeLeaf artist of the month

Take the family out for frozen yogurt and check out this amazing piece of third grade artwork. This piece was part of our study of Egyptian art and facial proportion. Great work Adonis!  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fifth grade pop art

Fifth-graders have been looking at marketing and advertising in our class. We also studied how to use circles and ellipses to create cylinders. Then they use their knowledge of both of these things to create their own flavor and can design for a brand-new kind of pop.

Fourth grade atmospheric perspective paintings

 For this project 4th grade students looked at the work of Katsushika Hokusai.  We talked about his use of complementary colors and atmospheric perspective.   Students each created 2 projects so that they could do their watercolor paint in glazed layers. I love the varity of beautiful sceenery and interesting colors.  Overall I am very pleased with how these look and I think the kids were too.

Third grade Egyptian portraits

 For this project third-graders studied facial proportion and looked at ancient Egypt and sarcophagus   Then they use their knowledge from both of us to create their own Egyptian sarcophagus some looks very modern some are very ancient all of them include ancient Egypt hieroglyphics to spell out their name . 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kindergarten Apple paintings

In this project kindergartners looked at the shape of a cut up Apple we pay close attention to the skin and the seeds and the stem. Students used oil pastel to create part of their work and then created their backgrounds with  a wet into wet watercolor wash.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hard at work

Some of our wonderful fourth graders hard at work sometimes I don't get a post as many projects of our third fourth fifth and sixth graders because their work can take them just a little bit longer but their very cool projects are coming along quickly hopefully next week I'll be able to show you what they have been up to

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

First grade Kandinsky's

First grade learn color mixing this week looking at the work of Kandinsky for inspiration to these lovely circle paintings. Students had to fold their paper to create 8 equal boxes so we talked about how many times we had to fold in half to get to 8.  (Gotta love when you can sneak a little math into art class.)  Then students drew out circles in each of the boxes and finally we painted the boxes using tempra paint.   Students were given their primary colors but they had to create secondary and neutral colors.  

Kindergarten color molas

Kindergartens practice their color mixing skills today and created a mola using the first letter of their name .  What I really love about this project is that it gives  students a chance to practice their letter, learn their colors and practice lots of following directions skills.  Students mixed all their secondary colors for this project.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Orange Leaf Artist of the Month

West is thrilled to be partnering with Orange Leaf in Grandville to showcase student art. This months featured artist is Dominic Robrahn from Mr. W's 2nd grade class.   His still life will be on display for the rest of the month at 
Orange Leaf 
9 Rivertown Parkway, Suite 600, Grandville MI  

Thank you OrangeLeaf and congratulations Dominic

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Second-grade postimpressionist still lives

 Our first project of the year in second grade was a look at Paul C├ęzanne. We studied his still lives and looked at their use of color and value. Then we created our own still lives using oil pastel for fruit and water color for our background. There are several more hanging in the halls at school right now if you wish to see them. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First day of school

I love the first day of school it's always a new beginning and a new start hopefully all of you wonderful student had a great first day just like the teachers did at West elementary. This photo is of the second graders learning postimpressionism still lives. Can't wait to post the finished product in a few weeks.