Thursday, September 15, 2011

Glitter Fish

The Goldfish by Paul Klee

Paul Klee was born in Switzerland in 1879. He was an important artist and a very good musician, writer, and teacher. Paul Klee is a great artist for students to learn about because he loved to use bright colors and he was very inspired by the natural way children painted.

The 1-3 students began the year with a painting inspired by The Goldfish by Paul Klee. We began by creating some detailed pattern fish. These fish were painted with bright flourescent watercolors. Next, we created a moving seascape with lines and shapes similar to those found in The Goldfish. The last step was to add some extra glow with glitter and a few little thumb print fish in the background.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Everything I Needed To Know I Learned in the Art Room

Everything I Needed To Know I Learned in the Art Room
By Shawn Costello

Never say anything unkind about something a classmate has created.
Don't hog all the colors.
A picture is more interesting with contrast, movement and different points of view, so is life.
Be kind to yourself if all your pictures don't turn out, it happens to all artists.
Your most patient model is the one in the mirror...Learn from looking at yourself and be patient.
Say it with paper pop-ups, folded books, or little pasted pictures, making something for someone else can be a holy act - do it often.
Keep an open mind about different kinds of art...something unforeseen may become part of your expression some day.
Purple houses, pink grass...there's no right or wrong to color your picture. Honor your creative voice. It's what makes you unique.
Take a rest or a break during a project, solutions become more clear, ideas can grow.
Paint from the heart. It will show and others will sense it.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up!" Quote from Pablo Picasso.