Zilker Elementary Art Class

Zilker Elementary Art Class

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2nd Grade Flower Paintings.

Inspired by American artists Georgia O'Keeffe, second grade artists are creating their own version of a flower.  First, we looked at many of O'Keeffe's paintings.  Students practiced drawing flowers close up, then picked their best drawing to create into a painting. We discussed how to create intermediate colors by mixing a primary color with a secondary color, and created our own color wheels with the six intermediate colors.  Students chose one intermediate color to mix for their large petals.

Check out the finished flower paintings on our online art museum at Artsonia!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Third Grade Cave Art

Third Grade Zilker artists just finished studying Prehistoric Cave Art.  We watched video of the famous Lascaux  cave in France, and were mesmerized by the huge paintings of animals made by people thousands of years ago. We practiced drawing some of the animals that these ancient artists first recorded: bison, deer, horses, bears, and cows.   Students choose their best drawing and carefully cut it out, adding it to a background that they first added implied texture to with texture rubbing plates and actual texture from crumpling the paper.  As a final touch, students added some prehistoric symbols and pictographs that were also discovered on the walls of the Lascaux cave.  Look for these to be displayed in the hallway in January!

Monday, December 2, 2013

5th Grade Art Gallery Drawings

 Fifth Grade artists are creating the illusion of a three-dimensional room on a two-dimensional surface - paper!  Students used six perspective techniques to help create their illusions: converging lines, overlapping, different sizes of objects, placement of objects, detail, and color.  A casual classroom poll confirmed that students' favorite part was designing the artworks and sculptures for their galleries.  Students were able to choose what style of art was in the galleries as well as if they wanted to have a matching theme for the art.  Outstanding attention to detail and color really invite viewers to take a closer look.