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)

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Exploring a new art form: Artist Books

I shared with the Rowe artists one of my favorite classes I took while in college. It was called bookmaking. They thought it was funny that I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. I showed the class all of the sample books I made throughout the course including; a normal looking signature book, a book made from a cardboard box with a hole puncher, an accordion book, a "fancy" fold accordion book, and a tunnel book. There was lots of excitement about all these books and talk about how they were not the typical looking book you would find in the library or the book store. We then set out to make a pocket fold accordion book.
This is not one of ours but is a good example of what a pocket accordion book looks like on the inside. 

Many students were excited about the "fancy" folded accordion book I showed them. This is an example from online, it shows how to fold the paper. To make a book with this fold, you fold multiple squares of paper and then glue the square sides together to create a long fancy-folded accordion book. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Painting Pinch Pots

Kindergarten artists painted with watercolors and brought their pitch pots home the same day.
We talked about how these pinch pots would make great holders for small trinkets.
The students came up with some great ideas of what to use it for; including keeping those tiny LEGO’s that always get lost, pennies, marbles or earrings.

First-grade artists used red, yellow, and blue underglazes to paint their pinch pots.
These will go in the kiln one more time and will be food and water safe.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hard at work on animals

Students chose the medium for adding color to their animals. 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Learning to draw what you see ....Using your "Artist Eyes"

This week we talked about how amazing our brains are in that we can all have little pictures in our heads of what things look like. This helps us as artists to draw from our imagination and our memory. Sometimes this can trick artists when drawing what we see. We talked about using our "artist eyes" to really look at pictures of animals and draw the animal we see not the picture we have in our brains. We used images from my favorite book Zoo-Ology, to practice drawing at least four different animals by using our artist eyes and breaking them into shapes. Next week, each artist will pick an animal for a final painting.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Finished Rousseau Jungles

The Rousseau Jungles are now finished up.
We looked back at Henri Rousseau's Jungle paintings and talked about what was missing. An animal of course. Students chose one animal to draw, cut and glue down to their jungles for the final touch.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Fruits and Flowers

This week we added Fruits and Flowers to our Rousseau inspired jungles by mixing Red & Yellow to make orange and White & Red to make Pink. These jungles are so colorful!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Rousseau Jungle Green

After talking about the French Painter Henri Rousseau we started our own jungles by mixing a variety of greens using the two Primary colors Yellow and Blue.  
We used the different types of Lines to create Jungle Vines and then added grass and leaves.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Catching up!! Busy Fall!

It has been a busy start to the school year. The Rowe artists have been very flexible while waiting for the art room to be ready.
We have learned about color, line, pattern and texture.  Here are some snapshots into the start of the year in art.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


This week we learned about Perspective. We talked about how when an object is far away, it looks small, but, when it gets closer it looks bigger.  We learned the term Vanishing Point and looked at some examples and then got started creating our own vanishing roads, rivers and paths.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Architecture: Building Design

For this lesson, we talked about how art is all around us and how creative people help make our lives more interesting.  We thought up all the different ways that art is used in our everyday life, from the clothes we wear to the buildings and houses we live and work in. We focused in on Architects and what they do and looked at creative works from Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. 

We then used "lines" (popsicle sticks) to design our own buildings.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Self Portraits

We have been learning about Proportion while creating our self-portraits. You may see your young artists adding light lines going through the middle of their portraits. We used these lines to help figure out where all of the parts of the face go. 

We started this unit with a practice portrait that went home at the beginning of March. We are now working on our larger and final piece. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pop Art Heart Collages

While some artists were finishing up the Folk Art Landscapes, others created torn paper heart collages using Pop Artist Jim Dine as an inspiration.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Folk Art Landscapes continued

Tracing pencil lines with Sharpie and adding color with oil pastels. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Folk Art Landscapes

We looked at different styles of artwork including; Abstract, Non-Objective and Realistic. We also talked about the difference between Folk Art and Fine Art. We then looked at a collection of Heather Galler's (a New York Folk Arist) paintings and talked about what we saw. Observations included: lots of color, shapes and patterns.

We then got to work on our own landscapes inspired by Heather Galler.  Starting with pencil and tracing with sharpie. Our next step will be to color in with oil pastels and watercolor paints.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Snowmen shadows

While the Pinch Pots were firing we had fun learning about negative space, symmetry and shadows by cutting out snowmen and flipping them over to show the shadow. We added a moon as the light source.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Clay Pinch Pots

First grade artists used white clay to create a pinch pot and had the option to add more details with extra clay, many chose to create faces or animals.

Kindergarten artists used red clay to create a pinch pot and could change the shape of the pot.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Complementary Color Patterns

This week we talked about a new color group called Complementary colors. The Rowe artists chose a pair of Complementary colors and used recycled cardboard tubes to stamp patterns.