I am looking forward to the start of the new school year. We had an amazing year, last year. I am truly impressed by the level of talent that the students possess here at Millburn. I have been working hard to plan some wonderful new learning opportunities for this year’s art class. I can’t wait to share some of the new projects I have planned for the students this year.
I will be planning to sponsor an afterschool art club for interested students. There will be an art club for 2nd/3rd grade students and a club for 4th/5th grade students. For more information please go to the Art Club section of my school webpage.
Our annual Art to Remember fundraiser was a huge success, last year. I want to thank you so much for your participation. The funds raised have gone directly to the purchase of art supplies and resources that students will be using this year in art class. I am planning to participate in Art to Remember once again, this year. Information will be sent home in the months to come.
I am already preparing for this year’s Art Night. This year I would like to involve the community in this evening of celebrating the visual arts. Many students have informed me that their parents are artists. If you have a special artistic skill, I would love to have you share your passion with the young artists here at Millburn by running one of our hands on stations at art night. If you would be interested in running a station that teaches students your artistic skill, please contact me. I think this would be a great addition to art night.
As a reminder, as part of my curriculum, I expose students to a variety of materials and mediums. Some of the art mediums can be quite messy such as paint, clay and pastels. Occasionally students might accidentally get some on their school clothes. In order to prevent this from occurring, I would like to encourage you to provide an old, oversized shirt for your student to wear. They can keep their art shirt in their classroom and put it on prior to art class. Students can also write their name on the front of their shirt. This will be helpful to me when learning their names.
Also, don't forget visit my web page, where I will be showcasing the wonderful artwork created by young artists from Millburn Elementary, as well as posting information about art related events.
What's Going on in the Art Room?
Students will be learning how to use clay to create a ceramic coiled vessel. During the unit we will focus on the different stages and properties of clay throughout the production process.
Students will be learning how to draw on a 2D plane to create the illusion of form. Students will also be learning about using contrasting textures in an artwork.
Blue Dog Paintings
Students will be learning about the life and the artwork of George Rodrigue. Students will then get the opportunity to create their own Blue Dog inspired painting. Throughout the unit we will focus on drawing in proportion and using complementary colors in the production of artwork.
Students will be learning how artists use rhythm with lines and colors to create artwork. We will apply the use of rhythm by creating a composition with paper quillings.
Mixed Up Chameleon
Students will create a mixed up chameleon collage that is inspired by Eric Carle’s, The Mixed Up Chameleon.
Students will be learning about the Color Wheel. Throughout the unit students will make a color wheel and create a painting using primary and secondary colors
Students will be learning about abstract expressionism. They will be applying the principles of rhythm, movement and emphasis in their own expressive mixed media work of art.
Students will be learning about typography. Throughout the unit students will use the design development process to create their own original Google home page.
Symbols (Cherry Blossom Tree)
Students will be learning about how symbols are used in artwork to add meaning. Throughout the unit students will use a variety of painting techniques to paint a cherry blossom tree. In some Asian cultures the cherry blossom tree is a symbol for friendship.
Abstract Self Portraits
Students will be learning about abstract art. We will be focusing on the artist, Pablo Picasso. Students will use mixed media to create their own abstract self-portrait.
Primary & Secondary Collage
Students will be learning about primary and secondary colors. We will focus on paint mixing and technique. Students will use their painted papers to create a seascape collage.
Cityscapes with Shapes
Students will be learning how artist combine shapes to create pictures. We will be using our craftsmanship skills to arrange and create a cityscape with shapes.
Amate Bark Painting
Students will be learning about the Mexican folk art tradition of amate bark painting. Throughout the unit, students will be creating their own amate bark painting that will be influenced by the artwork of the Nahua Indians. They will also be learning how to use the principles of rhythm and unity to develop their composition for their artwork.
Students will be learning about the traditional Nigerian folk art of adire eleko. Throughout the unit focus will be placed on the cultural significance, production techniques and design characteristics of adire eleko.
The Art of India
3rd grade students will be learning about the artwork of India. Throughout the unit we will learn about the symbolic role that Asian elephants play in Indian artwork. Students will create their own artwork that is inspired by the Elephant Festival of Jaipur.
Students will be learning about the characteristics of abstract art. We will focus on the artwork created by abstract surrealist, Joan Miro. Students will get the opportunity to design their own abstract painting that will be inspired by Joan Miro.
Wax Resist Giraffe
Students will be learning about the difference between geometric and organic shapes. They will create a wax resist painting of a giraffe inspired by the book, The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights. They will combine different organic shapes to make the giraffe for their painting.
Students will be creating a fall tree with paint and fall colored paper. We will be learning how to paint lines with a brush. We will also focus on using scissors and glue to make the leaves for the tree.
Students will creating mixed media spacescapes in art class. They will learn how artist can combine different mediums and techniques to create different effects in artwork. 5th graders will be using be using these techniques to create imaginary spacescapes.
Students will be creating relief sculptures using radial symmetry.
Students will be learning about the art form called gyotaku. Gyotaku means fish prints. Students will learn how to create gyotaku using the element of texture combined with the direct method of printmaking. Students will also learn about ways to make artwork presentation ready.
Second grade students will be introduced to fiber arts through a series of lessons involving weaving. They will also be learning to consider different color families when making choices about color.
Students will be learning about the relationship between primary and secondary colors. They will get the opportunity to mix their own secondary colors using paint. 1st grade students will also be developing their craftsmanship skills through the creation of a collage.
Students will be learning about how artist use details when making a picture. Students will get exposed to many different art supplies and learn how to safely use them in an art room.