Guest Post by Emma Smith Puffinpalooza!

Guest Post by Emma Smith, 4th grade artist from Wilder Elementary

“This is a puffin I painted.  You might ask “why did she decide to paint a puffin?”  Well, I thought not many people make art of puffins or penguins.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a penguin and a puffin.  A puffin has a big orange beak and the body is shaped differently.  My puffin is from the artic and she does not have a family.

I liked making this art piece because I did it on my own and I used different techniques with the watercolor like salt and rubbing alcohol.

This is one of my most favorites!  I hope you like my painting.”

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Guest Post by Grace Benedict “Sunset Landscape”

This is a guest post by a fifth grade student here at WIlder, Grace Benedict.  Here is what she has to say about her artwork:

“My artwork is about the beautiful sunset glowing over the hills.  There is a long swirly trail and tall trees in my piece.  I like making this art work because it was a fun experience.  Before, I thought my picture would be pretty simple but now I think that artwork can be original and spontaneous.”

As a fifth grader, I am a leader, a gymnast, and best of all – an artist!”

Carousel Creations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth grade students designed, painted and created carousel animals (or in some cases, reptiles, dinosaurs, birds or fish).  We looked at folk art as our  inspiration, studying hand carved examples.  Particular deatil was paid to adding a fancy saddle.  Sometimes it was difficult to find a way for a particular animal to wear a saddle, like a hammerhead shark, but students used their creative problem solving brains to figure it out!  In addition to painting and cutting out, students embellished thier carousel animals with metallic paints and sequins and rhinestones.

Enjoy Maggie’s giraffe and Tyler’s Chicken.

Guest Post by Makena Guthrie “Drawing with Wire”

Makena Guthrie is a fifth grade student at Wilder.  Here is what she wrote about her artwork:

“This metal wire piece is about a plant and it’s leaves and petals.  In my artwork my plant is growing and blooming; the first swirl is a sign of spring.  Growth is happening all around and each plant is different.

I loved making my piece because when I stepped back to look at it, it looked alive (even though I had band aids on my fingers from poking them with wire!)

As as artist, I am me and my artwork always has me in it.  I am creative and love everything I do!”

Book Sculptures

Fifth grade students designed and created sculptures form “weeded books” from our library.  There were books destined for the dumpster because the non-fiction was out of date and/or they weren’t in good enough condition for use in the library.  We were able to upcycle the books as precious materilas for sculptures.

The students planned books according to a theme and planned the techniques used, as well.  Each book took considerable creative problem solving to produce. Each book was unique and different and beautiful.  Enjoy!

Laurel Burch Patterned Pets

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurel Burch, an American artist, started her career creating jewelry from metal she found in junkyards.  Her designs, mostly animals, were bright and colorful with a mix of many patterns.  Her vision blossomed into “fantastic felines”, dogs, moons, hearts, and mythical animals.

Our students study Laurel Burch as a design influence.  Patterns, for example, are a first grade curriculum unit.   What better way to look at pattern and work with it than the inspiration of Laurel Burch?

Here’s all the behind the scenes work we did to get to the pretty finished project:

First we started with guided drawings.  With guidance, students drew two different cats and two different dogs:

The next step was allowing students to choose his or her favorite animal that they had learned to draw and redraw it larger on a heavy weight drawing paper with pencil.  Then students re-traced the line-work with a back sharpie.

After all the drawing, we were ready to paint.  Student had choices of thinned bright, neon colored tempera paint.  We used a wash (painting water first to allow for better blending) and applied light layers of color, moving from one color to another.

Next, students worked with pattern on worksheets, trying out different designs for their animal.  Some examples were spirals, triangles with circles in the center.  When they settled on one they liked, students drew it on the animal, spacing it out with a finger’s width between, using a black sharpie.

The last steps were cutting out his or her cat or dog and gluing it to a black background.  Students used a different pattern in the background, drawn with a gold metallic marker.

We love the bright colorful results!