The month of September flew by quickly! With apologies, I am just now getting around to updating our blog. We start the year slowly as we review expectations for work habits and social behaviors during art class, as part of Franklin’s Responsive Classroom curriculum. Here’s what has been going on by grade level: Kindergarten is learning how to sit and listen to the morning art message and to raise hands with questions or comments.
“K Artists” have learned how to care for markers, crayons, scissors and glue sticks, their primary art tools at this time. They know that artists use lines and shapes to describe things in their artwork. They also know that Collage is a way that artists work with cut paper shapes.
First and second graders are also working with 2D Collage, drawing and, when the sink is working, tempera paint. We have been talking about “Color Families” such as the Primary Color Family, the Secondary Color Family, the Tertiary Color Family, the Hue Family of tints, tones, shades, the Spectrum Family and the Complementary Colors Families. Painters had a great time setting challenges for mixing tints, shades, and variations on brown. Third through fifth grade have the choice to take the Attachment Test (see Attachment Test 2013 for a full description). This week the 3D Studio Center officially is open and WOW activities begin! These focused challenges for 4th and 5th grade encourage students to go deep with their work at one media studio center, to develop skills over 4-5 classes. More on WOW soon!