Students in grade 1 and 2 studied the composition of landscape painting. We focused on the concepts of background, middle ground and foreground. They looked at Possuin’s Landscape with a Calm and described what they could see in the painting.
They were instructed how to separate the painting into three sections and made a model of it. I made the copies on three different colors of paper. They were asked to cut out two of the template along the dotted line.
They glued the three sections together.
They referred to the painting to see what parts should go in what order. They were informed that three sections are called background, foreground and middle ground and discussed the questions like “What can you see in the background/ middle ground/ foreground?”
Next week we will talk about the concepts of overlapping and relative size. And then they are going to create their own landscapes using principles of composition.
After learning about various color schemes the third graders observed how an artist could use color to enhance their artwork. They looked at the colorful abstract works of Ted Harrison. The Third graders used Harrison’s art to inspire their own creations using ripped paper to create a colorful landscape collage.
Grade four was introduced to the works of Loretta Grayson. Their art project was all about discovering new colors. They were asked to use warm and cool color schemes, as well as complimentary colors. The students were encouraged to mix their paints to see what colors they could create.
The fifth and sixth grade students learned how math could be incorporated into art when they were asked to enlarge a photo of themselves. Students were taught how to use the grid method to help them improve their drawing and observational skills. The fifth graders are working on a self-portrait inspired by the works of Chuck Close and the sixth graders took inspiration from the artist Roy Lichtenstein.
Teachers Moguli and Alycia
Er Xin Reporter