Back in February I introduced a sculptor, Edmonia Lewis, to students and we began looking at sculpture. We looked at some of her figure sculptures like Abraham Lincoln, and talked about methods of sculpting with various materials. A great video I found for introducing sculpture to young artists is this Sesame street video with Jon Hamm! I had 1st grade create a quick figure bust of themselves using Play-doh, which was a fun and adorable challenge.
Kindergarten also learned about sculpture around this time, and they worked with paper. I showed students some different ways to fold, bend, and roll the paper to make it pop up off their board and become 3D.
After our visiting pottery artist, Diane Quammen, came in March first grade dove right in to clay! This project is an oldie but a goodie for me- I always love how these flower pinch pots turn out! We looked at artist Georgia O'Keeffe for inspiration.
This is how the clay works are sent home. Inside the paper bag they are wrapped in a layer of newsprint.
Kindergarten also looked at Georgia O'Keeffe's flower paintings and created these Tissue Paper Flowers! This was a challenge for their little fingers to fold and separate the layers of thin paper. Some needed help, but in the end all were successful!
This years kick-off for Youth Art Month was our Art Show with Artome. Here is some of the wonderful work- 1st grade's project was Selfie portraits, and Kindergarten made Mixed Media Hearts.
In addition to the Art Show we had a visiting pottery artist, Diane Quammen, show students how she works on the wheel! She was fabulous and the kids were in awe. She demo'd how to make a bowl and even let all of the students file through and feel the clay as it was spinning on the wheel- such a cool experience!