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Monday, April 30, 2012

The Kings and Queens of 5th Grade

Fifth Grade

The Fifth Grade students created self-portraits based on the work of Georges Rouault. Students learned that Rouault painted portraits of King and Queens for a living and that his portrayal of clients had to be done well. Since each class has to do a self-portrait it seemed like a perfect pairing. Students created self-portraits based on his style. They had to create a personal design through use of patterns and symbols. Students also needed to choose colors and create texture in the clothing with watercolor paint. For inspiration students look at work by Rouault, playing cards and a postage stamp.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Carpenter Project with the Rising Stars

On Thursday March 29, 2012 the Rising Star Program from the AAPS collaborated with Carpenter students. This one day mentoring event had High School students paired up with children in different grades.

The Art Room became a place of collaboration as the Kindergardeners and their mentors create a "Rainbow Garden" based on the book Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. The combination of art for Youth Art and Music Month as well as March is Reading Month was awesome.

Pittsfield Township Hall

Art by Carpenter students will be on display at the Pittsfield Township Hall from April 2nd until May 31st, 2012. Pittsfield Township Hall is located at 6201 Michigan Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Hours to view the art in the Main Lobby are from 9am to 5pm. Please enter through the Public Entrance. They will be having an Open House on Sunday April 15, 2012 from 1pm-4pm.

Lots of New Art


Students in Kindergarden made lots of hearts for February. Below are samples of their work. The hearts were inspired by the Artist Jim Dine.

In Kindergarden "Family" is a theme that they explore. Below you will find their "Robot Families."

"The Body" is another theme explored. In art I read Germs Are Not For Sharing. Students created their very own germs. They also learned about symmetry.

In Kindergarden they talk about one's self. For this theme they created self-portraits.

Next we will be focussing on Pets.

First Grade

First Graders do scientific drawings of crickets, snails and goldfish. They were able to practice in the Art Room before they drew in their Scientific Journal in the classroom.

One First Grade Class was inspired by Matisse's Goldfish Bowl. They created their artwork with colored pencils and watercolor.

First Graders also learn about motion. I read Giraffes Can't Dance and they created a giraffe. This story also has a cricket in it and tied back to their scientific drawing.

Verdi was read to the students and they made their own snake. We discussed camouflage and predators. Students made a habitat for their snakes as well. Pictures will be posted soon.

Second Grade

Second Grade Students learned about the Artist George Rodrigue. The created their own Blue Dogs. They learned about tints and shades.

Second Graders listen to Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle and created their own seascape which included a foreground, middle ground and background. We did a wet on wet watercolor technique to get the background.

Students will be finishing up their work based on Chameleon's Colors soon.

Third Grade

For Third Grade student looked at the work by Alex Beard. Students had to create their  peacocks feather by making a pattern in colored pencil and than they needed to paint with either warm or cool colors to complete the picture.

Third Graders also drew doors with pastel. These doors were created to open and have each students' poem inside the frame. Their doors had to be symmetrical and have a balance of colors They did a wonderful job.

Third Graders study light and how light acts as it goes through a prism. The following paintings are their interpretations. Each one was created so that the picture only had triangles. Also, same colors could not touch. More to come.

They will be finishing up their calligraphs soon.

Fourth Grade

Fourth Graders created their very own Unicorn Tapestries. They were given a piece of paper with a piece of fabric attached to it. They had to create a scene that followed the patterns of the fabric as well as the colors. More to come.

Students are currently working on their own weaving. We created looms and students are learning warp and weft. Their work is in progress.

Students learned about the Elements and Principles of Design. They made images of based on Keith Herring to show lines, shapes, balance and rhythm. 

 Fourth Graders learned about Georgia O'Keeffe and abstract art. They choose a flower and created a pattern.

Fifth Grade

Fifth Graders made amazing instrument art inspired by Romare Bearden. Each students drew the instrument that they play and created a collage to balance their image.

Fifth Graders will be finishing their tesselations and their King or Queen inspired by Georges Rouault.