Friday, August 31, 2018

Welcome back!

Hello my amazing Farmingville Families!

Welcome back to what is going to be out best year yet. I have so many wonderful lessons planned and I am hoping that my Farmingville Artists will be just as excited about what we will be creating this year as I am. To welcome us back to school our students and teachers alike created paper fish inspired by Linda Kranz's book "Only One You". When you come through our halls please take a look!
The book will also be used as inspiration for a permanent art installation (more info to come) that every child will get to be a part of, and I can't wait to for us to get started. 

Here are some snapshots of our hallways...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Polar Bears, Polar Bears as far as the eyes can see!

2nd Grade
 Polar Bears
Farmingville’s 2nd Grade artists were inspired by the winter weather and created these fantastic Polar Bear paintings. Before they began they first learned some fascinating facts about these Arctic giants and what makes them so spectacular. 

Ask a 2nd Grader what they learned about Polar Bears!

To create their art work students used overlapping shapes to map out the overall shape of their bear. They then used a dabbing technique to apply the paint and used printing techniques and oil pastels for the snowflakes. Students used cut painted paper to collage and “dress-up” their Polar bears a little- outfitting them with hats, scarves and sometimes mittens!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Right, Left, Warp, Weft....

Every year I do weaving with various grade levels. While the projects are changed up the principals and techniques taught are the same and with each grade level a new challenge is added. 

In first grade, students created a background for their artwork with cool colors. They then drew fish that would act as the WARP for their weavings. They added the WEFT and used painted paper to add fins to their fish and seaweed to their backgrounds.

Second graders created painted paper weavings. To create the paper that would function as the WARP they first experimented with different kinds of lines and colored between them with crayon filling the entire paper. We then created  paintings with tempera cakes that we cut up…yes... cut up to use for our WEFT. For added interest they then mounted their weavings on paper and added a design.

Third grade students explored the element of Form to create the Relief weavings displayed here. They first glued a grid onto a support background and then used construction paper- bending, folding and gluing as they went to turn their weavings in to a 3 dimensional work of art. Once the initial weaving was completed many students added additional decorative elements into the warp and weft of their weavings to create added interest.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

I am...a fourth grader.

Our 4th grade Farmingville artists are off to a great start this year. They have been exploring Expressionism and how Expressionist art tried to convey emotion and meaning rather than reality. Each artist had their own unique way of "expressing" their emotions in their art. In order to express emotion, the subjects are often distorted or exaggerated. At the same time colors are often vivid and shocking. We looked at Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and created out own scream inspired artwork using photography, digital media, paint and oil pastels. 
To compliment our "Scream" project 4th grade artists created "I Am" poems and added color and interest using tertiary colors. 
Here is a quick peek as to how our project progressed and some finished pieces.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

1st Grade Fall Landscapes

In their art class, 1st graders learned about landscapes and how to use a horizon line in their artwork to create a sense of depth and space.We also looked at the artwork of textile designer and illustrator Eloise Renouf for inspiration. 
To create their fall landscapes, students first created a painted paper background using cool colors. Farmingville artists also created other painted papers to be used as shapes for their trees later on.
Students traced and cut out shapes for their trees and used printing not painting to create branches.

 They then collaged their tree shapes and grass using overlapping…added some more printing for trunks and ta-da...fantastic collaged landscapes!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New in the ART ROOM!

Imagination Station
There is a new feature in the art room this year that our FES artists are really sinking their teeth into...
Imagination Station!

Our Imagination Station is an  area for students to go and work when they have finished their artwork and others are still working. They can choose from a variety of activities...

For art related research or Art Games.
Assorted Paper:
To draw out ideas and free draw!
Drawing Books & Origami:
In the drawers and on the shelves.
Table Sized White Boards:
To use separately or together on the floor or a table.
Expo Markers:
For our awesome table sized white boards.

Many of the classes have been introduced to it and so far it’s a hit!

I will be adding and switching out different activities over the course of the year to keep it fresh...the kids are loving it so far!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

“Community” Murals

These are just a few snapshots of the collage murals created by our 2016-2017 K-5 community in June 2017. These amazing works of art welcomed our students back for our 2017-18 school year!
 Painted paper that our Farmingville art students painted were used to create a variety of subject matter in our “Community” murals. Students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade created piles of houses, community buildings, cars, alternative dwellings, flowers, trees, bugs and clouds.


We used recycled bulletin board paper for our backgrounds and students worked collaboratively to compose the components together to create large an imaginary “community” mural...although you may see some familiar places.