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September Art Update from Mr. Pilon
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 9:40 AM

Although it is only week 3, it feels like we are in full swing in the art room. At the beginning of the year, it is always important to get back to thinking like artists, which includes being creative problem solvers or changing a mistake into something we like in our art work. I try to start the year with a project in which everyone will be comfortable and have success while still letting the students explore and push themselves based on their abilities.

Kindergarten: We are investigating lines, shapes, and colors and how artists use them to create works of art. We will be looking at examples of art works and starting to talk about what we see and/or what we have questions about.

First Grade: Students are looking at how artists use observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art. We are currently working on our "Animals Wearing Sweaters" portraits after looking at some of the art of William Wegman.

Second Grade: We are looking at the work of Wayne Thiebaud. We will be working on designing gumball machines, which will lead us into some color mixing as we investigate how to paint the gumballs.

Grades 3-5

Grades 3-5 will have sketchbooks in the art room that we will use for warm-ups, planning/rough drafts, and free drawing.

Third Grade: We just completed our work designing castles. We will be looking at how to use

observation when creating an art work.

Fourth Grade: We are looking at gesture line drawing vs. contour line drawing with people in motion.

Fifth Grade: The students just finished a shorter project in which they created a word illustration. Next, we will be looking at how we can use comics to tell stories. They will get to create their own cartoon/comic character along with either a comic book cover or comic strip.