Thursday, October 15, 2020

Printmaking, Texture, and Creative Trees

Continuing with our talks about the Elements of Art we learned more about Lines, Pattern and introduced Texture. 

Some classes worked on printmaking with leaves and paint. We talked about how the bumped up texture of the veins of the leaves made it so we could make prints.

We also talked about how artists use pattern to add Texture and detail. Students were able to use sharpies to add pattern to pre-printed leaves to show more texture. 

We learned the difference between texture and visual texture and talked about how artists use line, pattern and color to show visual texture. 

Monday, October 5, 2020


The first few classes this year have focused on the Elements of Art including Color, Line & Pattern. We also discussed just making your mark and getting started, Inspiration, and color mixing. 

We watched a read-aloud of The Dot, by Peter Reynolds, and then made our marks on large white dots of color diffusing paper with Primary color markers (red, yellow & blue).  We then talked about color mixing and used droppers to add water to our colorful dots to watch the Primary colors mix into the Secondary colors. 

After our colorful dots dried we learned about different types of lines and practiced making patterns. We then watched a read-aloud of You Be You, by Linda Krantz, and talked about how the illustrator used line patterns to show the scales of the fish. We added an eye, mouth, gills & a fin with a sharpie before completing our fish with line patterns. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tjanpi Desert Weavers

We learned about a group of Australian artists called the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Tjanpi means grass.
These artists use materials collected from the lands around them to create beautiful baskets and animal sculptures.
After seeing a few examples of their work we experimented with pipe cleaners and yarn to create our own mini animal sculptures.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Learning about Depth

We created layers of mountains using ripped paper and then added a zig-zag road and trees to show a sense of space.
We discussed that our paintings had a foreground, middle ground, and background.
We finished the mountainscapes by printing a moon and using a pipette to add a snowstorm.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Colorful Chalk Cityscapes with Printed lines

Before the break, we learned about different types of lines, for this project we discussed how lines go together to make shapes. We learned that everything is made out of shapes and lines. We then read the book Wow! City!, by Robert Neubecker and looked at a few Cityscapes by Paul Klee, James Rizzi, and Brian Whelan and talked about the shapes we see the most of in a city and what types of lines make those shapes. 
* The students were given rectangular pieces of thick cardstock to print straight lines and turn them into cityscapes. 
* The final step was color. We went back and looked at the illustrations of Wow! City! and the paintings by Klee, Rizzi, and Whelan and discussed how colorful the city can be. 

* Students were given chalk pastels, which they dipped in little cups of water to keep the dust down, and they filled in their cities with lots of color. 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Pinch Pots

Always a favorite, we just finished our pinch pots.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019


"A drawing is simply a line going for a walk" - Paul Klee

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Taking a Line for a Walk

We continued our conversation about different types of lines and then learned about the artist Paul Klee. One of his famous quotes is "A line is a dot that went for a walk", we took this quote and based our line drawings on taking a dot for a walk. We then read the book The Line Sophie Drew by Peter and Susan Barrett. In this book, all of Sophie's friends use their imaginations to guess what Sophie's line is going to be a picture of. We then went back to our line drawings and started imagining what they could be. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


I introduced "Sammy the Snake" to the Rowe artists and talked about how he likes to slither in many different types of lines. We talked about how everything is made up of lines put together.
To start this unit the students were given a base and a handful of colorful lines (strips of paper)
and were tasked to create a 3-dimensional sculpture from the 2-dimensional lines.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

What inspires you?

We talked about where artists get their inspiration before working on the seashell landscapes. To continue with this concept, the Rowe artists came up with their own inspiration and created a piece of art, focusing on a balanced composition and the use of a horizon line.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Seashell Landscapes

We started this lesson by talking about where artists find Inspiration. We talked about how living in Maine and especially in Yarmouth, we are near the ocean. A fun summertime activity, that many of us do, is walking on the beach and collecting shells, we used this as our inspiration.

We used pencils, then, sharpies to make our lines stand out, oil pastels and tempera cakes to finish off the Seashell landscapes.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Welcome to the Rowe Art Room!

This year in art, we will focus on the exploration of materials and learning about the first four 

Elements of Art: 

Color, Shape, Line, and Texture

We started the year off by using the Primary colors to paint the rainbow. We started to experiment with color mixing to create the missing colors. 

The first-grade artists listened to the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, and created their own dots which are on display in the hallway out to the art portable. 

The kindergarten artists listened to the book, I'm Not Just a Scribble, by Diane Alber, and drew their own "scribble friends" with crayon and ink.  

Both grades are now working on drawing seashells. 
We learned about the Horizon line (because shells do not fly in the sky) and Contour lines (because artists describe shapes with contour lines, not words)