Here is what we have planned this week:
Kindergarten: The kindergarten students will continue creating their fall-inspired landscapes. They will also use scissors, glue, and construction paper to create collages.
1st Grade: These students will learn about color and value. We will begin by creating color wheels so we could review how to mix primary colors to make secondary colors. We will also make value scales so we can learn how mixing a color with white makes a lighter value of that color and how mixing a color with black makes a darker value of that color.
2nd Grade: The 2nd graders will continue creating drawings that use warm colors and cool colors.
3rd Grade: The 3rd graders will learn about complimentary colors. We will look at a color wheel and I will point out that colors that are directly across from each other (red / green, blue / orange, and yellow / purple) are complementary colors. I will explain that these colors are opposite of each other and demonstrate how mixing a color with a little of its complement makes a duller version of that color. I will also also demonstrate how mixing two complementary colors in equal amounts makes brown. This week, each student will use oil pastels to create a drawing. Each student must use his / her oil pastels to make at least 3 new colors or values.
4th Grade: Students in Room 207 will finish their color scheme drawings. Students in Room 203 will begin learning about self-portraits. We looked at examples of self-portrait paintings, drawings, and sculptures. We also discussed how artists use proportion (using some parts of an object to measure other parts of an object) to make sure all parts of the face are the right size, the right shape, and in the right place.
NOTE: Students in Room 207 who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to work on them before school or after school. I will be available before school next Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:15 – 8:45. I will be available after school from 3:45 – 4:15. I ask that students give one day’s notice if they are coming in before school or after school. I also ask that students get written parental permission (an email or a handwritten note).
5th Grade: The 5th graders will begin a lesson on perspective. I will begin by reviewing how to use a t-square and a triangle. Each student will then use these tools to make a drawing that uses at least 3 horizontal lines, at least 3 vertical lines, and at least 3 diagonal lines.
6th Grade: These students will continue creating collages inspired by Henri Matisse. This week, each student will continue working on his / her final draft.
7th Grade: The students will begin a lesson on Conceptual Art. I will explain that this is an artistic movement that began in the 1960′s and 1970′s. These artists were interested in answering questions like “what makes something art?” and “what makes someone an artist?” For these artists, exploring ideas about art was more important than making something that is beautiful or that expresses emotions. We will focus on an American artist named Sol LeWitt. He made drawings that used the same simple lines and shapes in seemingly endless combinations. After a while, he stopped making the drawings himself and created a system where he wrote instructions for drawings that other people could execute. Each student will be given a real set of instructions that Sol LeWitt wrote for a drawing and the student will use those instructions to execute one of his drawings.
8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue working on their paintings. Each student will create an acrylic paint that uses at least 3 new colors and at least 3 new values.
NOTE: Students who are unable to finish their work in school will be allowed to work on them before school or after school. I will be available before school next Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:15 – 8:45. I will be available after school from 3:45 – 4:15. I ask that students give one day’s notice if they are coming in before school or after school. I also ask that students get written parental permission (an email or a handwritten note).
As always, please let me know if there are any questions.
Murray Language Academy