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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful students and their families!  I will see you next Happy New Year! 
Ms. Siminski

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Barely Under Control!

Well, its the last week before the holiday break and the children are like a hive of bees with all the teachers working to  keep the lid on!  Here's what our week in art looks like!

Kindergarten-The kindergarten are learning about various artists who painted Santa Claus.  Some of these artists are most famous because of their renderings of this famous elf.  Whether you know it or not, you are very familiar with the artwork of Thomas Nast and Haddon Sundblom!  They will be introduced to the artist Andy Warhol and his rendering of Santa.

First Grade will be making gingerbread garland.  When I was a child, I was very familiar with folding paper and cutting out more than one item at a time.  Most children today have no idea how to do this.  This is a skill I will introduce to them via gingerbread people and gingerbread houses.  They have new sparkly crayons in their totes they can use to decorate their garland.  This will be a one day activity.

Second grade will begin drawing their tropical birds on their amate' paper.  A bird can be drawn using a circle for a head and an oval for a body.  By just adding a variety of lines in the proper places the children will be able to draw very exotic birds.  They will also add foliage to their drawings in front and in back of their birds adding depth to their pictures.

Third grade will be viewing the William Wegman DVD titled "Fay's Twelve Days of Christmas".  This is used as a review of the artist William Wegman and his delightful dogs.

Fourth grade will be creating an origami wreath using small pieces of wrapping paper.  This is a one day activity.  Origami was originally developed by the Chinese but the Japanese raised it to a high art.  This can be a challenging project for a few of the children but everyone will come home with a wreath ornament to hang on the tree.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The week of December 6-10

Kindergarten-The children will be watching a holiday video titled "Fay's Twelve Days of Christmas".  Fay is one of William Wegman's dogs.  The video features the artwork of William Wegman while illustrating the traditions of Christmas along with numbers and shapes.

First grade-The children will be viewing a movie titled "Snowden, The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy".  This movie is a review and reinforcement of the artist Johnny Gruelle.  Johnny Gruelle is a Hoosier artist.  He began his career as a cartoonist for the Indianapolis Star.  He was a children's author and illustrator as well as the creator of the dolls Raggedy Ann and Andy. 

Second grade-The children are beginning a new lesson from Mexico.  Amate' paper painting is a skill used by the Nahuwa Indian tribe in southern Mexico.  The people made their own paper, Amate' paper, and painted bright images of village life and regional animals.  We will be painting tropical birds on our Amate' paper!

Third grade-The children are up to their elbows in cake icing!  We are learning about the artist Wayne Thiebaud (Tee-bow).  He spent many years working in the food industry which lead to his painting desserts.  His images of cakes, pies, and ice cream absolutely make our mouths water!  The children will be learning about adding shadows to make their work appear 3-dimensional.

Fourth grade-The children have learned a formula for drawing the human face.  Leonardo DiVinci was the first artist to establish consistant measurements for drawing the human form.  The children have also learned about the importance of self-portraits.  We have no idea  what the government leaders looked like hundreds of years ago but we know what the artists looked like!  Thanks to artists painting pictures of themselves, we know exactly what artists looked throughout history.  The children are changing the eyebrows, lips, and adding hair to their "formula portrait" to change it into a self- portrait.  These self-portraits are going to artwork you will keep for years to come!

Maple Glen Art

Hello Parents and Friends of Maple Glen!
Today is Dec. 7, 2010 and I am moving into a new era as an art teacher.  I have a blog!  My plan for this blog is that I am able to communicate to my parents all the wonderful things that happen in this art room each and every day!  Some of you visit with me and know the art program more intimately than others.  I hope this blog makes it easier for everyone to stay in touch with art!  I am excited about entering this new area of cyber space.  I hope you will enjoy traveling along with me. 

Beth Siminski