Week of 09/19

September 19, 2016 at 8:35 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have planned for the week ahead:

Kindergarten: The kindergarten students will re-read the story Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems.   Then, each student will use clay to make a sculpture of the monster that he / she designed last weel..

1st Grade: These students will continue learning about line. This week, they will use chenile stems to make line sculptures.

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will continue making collages that use positive shapes (shapes that are made by adding something) and negative shapes (shapes that are made by leaving empty spaces).

3rd Grade: The students in 3rd grade will continue to use collage to design their own aliens.  Each student’s collage must use symmetrical balance in at least 3 places and asymmetrical balance in at least 3 places.

4th Grade: These classes will continue learning about color schemes.  Students in Room 203 will use oil pastels to color their drawings.  Students in Room 207 will use tempera paint to paint their drawings.

5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue creating their own Dadaist-inspired photomontages.

6th Grade: These students will continue creating collages inspired by Henri Matisse. Each group will begin finish making his / her thumbnail sketch.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in class will be able to come in before school or after school to work on this assignment.  I will be available before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  I will be available after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM) on Tuesday and Wednesday. I ask that students set an appointment at least one day in advance and that I receive written parental permission (a note or an email).  All work on this project must be done by Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will continue their graphic design project.  Each student will continue to create his / her own logo.  I will ask each student to think about the job that he / she hopes to have some day and make a logo that he / she could use for that job.  Each logo must use the student’s name, it must use words and pictures, it must be designed to be read quickly, and it give some information about the job he / she wants to have.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their revised first drafts in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  For students in Rooms 119 and 120, revisions for these designs will be due on Friday @ 9:00 AM.

8th GradeThe 8th graders will continue their graphic design project.  This week, each student will make any necessary revision to his / her first draft.  If time allows, each student will work on his / her final draft.  Each design must use words and pictures in a creative way to communicate at least 3 pieces of information about the Class of 2016 or about the school.

As always, please email me if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week 2

September 15, 2016 at 9:42 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

As we start Week 2 and students begin their first assignments, here is a look at what we are working on:

Kindergarten: The Kindergarten students are learning about line. We will learn that line is one of the elements of art and that a line is something that is long and thin. We will look at different kinds of lines (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, wavy, zig-zag, dotted, spiral) and each student will then use markers to make a drawing that uses at least 5 different kinds of lines.

The kindergarten students will also read the story Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems.  It is a story of a monster who just isn’t very good at scaring people. I will then ask each student to help out Leonardo by imagining the scariest monster he / she can think of.  Each student will then make a drawing of his / her monster.

1st Grade: These students are learning also about line. We will learn that line is one of the elements of art and that a line is something that is long and thin. We will look at different kinds of lines (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, wavy, zig-zag, dotted, spiral) and each student will then use markers to make a drawing that uses at least 5 different kinds of lines.

2nd Grade: These students will begin the year by learning about positive shapes (shapes that are made by adding something) and negative shapes (shapes that are made by leaving empty spaces).  Each student will make a collage that used at least 5 positive shapes and at least 5 negative shapes.

3rd Grade: The students in 3rd grade will begin by learning about the principle of art known as balance.  We will look at examples of art that used symmetrical balance and we also looked at examples of art that used asymmetrical balance.  Each student will use collage to design their own aliens.  Each student’s alien must have at least 3 shapes that only use symmetrical balance and at least 3 shapes that only use asymmetrical balance.

4th Grade: These classes will learn about color schemes.  The students in Room 207 will begin by making a color wheel that uses primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors.  I will explain to students in both classes that that the color scheme is another name for the colors and values that an artist chooses to use in a work of art.  I will also show the students examples of works of art that use different color schemes (complementary colors, analogous colors, warm colors, cool colors).  Each student will then use one of the aforementioned color schemes to create a painting.  This week, each student will begin planning his / her painting in pencil.

5th Grade: The 5th graders are learning about a group of artists called the Dadaists.  These artists were influenced by the conditions in Germany after World War I.  Because of all the violence the country had just experienced, it seemed as if things just didn’t make sense any more.  The artists reflected these conditions in their art by purposely making art that didn’t make sense.  One medium they used was photomontage (a photomontage is a collage made of photographs from various sources).  This week, they will begin creating their own Dadaist-inspired photomontages.

6th Grade: These students will learn about the large-scale collages created by Henri Matisse. He started making these collages when he became ill later in life and was no longer able to paint.  These collages feature simple, abstract shapes and usually show lots of movement.  After looking at examples of his collages, each student will create their own Matisse-inspired large-scale collages.  Each student will begin by creating a small sketch showing what their collage will look like.

7th Grade: The students in these classes will begin a project on graphic design.  We will begin by talking about two categories of art: fine art (art for arts sake) and applied art (art that has a job to do) and looking at examples of both kinds of art.  We will then talk specifically about graphic design (art that is made to communicate information).  We will look at examples of graphic design, talk about how graphic designers use words and pictures together, and talk about how they must do so in a creative way that attracts the viewer’s attention.  Each student will then create his / her own logo.  I will ask each student to think about the job that he / she hopes to have some day and make a logo that he / she could use for that job.  Each logo must use the student’s name, it must use words and pictures, it must be designed to be read quickly, and it give some information about the job he / she wants to have.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their first drafts in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  For students in Rooms 119 and 120, the first drafts of these designs will be due on Friday @ 9:00 AM.

8th GradeThe 8th graders are also starting the year with a graphic design project.  We began by talking about two categories of art: fine art (art for arts sake) and applied art (art that has a job to do) and looking at examples of both kinds of art.  We then talked specifically about graphic design (art that is made to communicate information).  As we looked at examples of graphic design, we talked about how graphic designers use words and pictures together and how they must do so in a creative way that attracts the viewer’s attention.  Each student then began creating a design for the Class of 2106 t-shirts.  Each design must use words and pictures in a creative way to communicate at least 3 pieces of information about the Class of 2016 or about the school.

NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their first drafts in school will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  For students in Room 116, the first drafts of these designs will be due on Thursday @ 9:00 AM.   Revisions are due next Monday @ 9:00 AM.  For students in Room 118, the first drafts of these designs will be due next Monday @ 9:00 AM.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Let’s Get it Started

September 5, 2016 at 9:08 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

This is my first blog post for the 2015-2016 school year, so let me begin by saying “welcome!” If you are new to the blog, welcome! If you followed my blog last year, then welcome back! Welcome to parents and family members looking for more information about what goes on in our art classes at Murray. Welcome to students looking for resources they can use. Welcome to anyone who is interested in art and art education. I plan to use this blog to tell people about the art projects we will be doing this year and the artists we will be studying. I also plan to post information about how those projects are graded. Additionally, I plan to provide information about art exhibits around the city and online resources that can be used to take the learning experience outside of the classroom. I am excited about everything we have planned and I look forward to writing more about it in weeks to come.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

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