1st Grade, Art-Ms. Slomowitz

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The First art project for this year was a self-portrait line drawing.

We started out by talking about all the different kinds of lines that exist such as curvy and straight.  We looked at how lines create shapes-geometric and organic in Art. Students then drew themselves to be included on the school T-Shirts using Sharpies. Each class will receive a t-shirt will all the students’ pictures as a souvenir.

Our next art project was making fruit for the Austin Jewish Academy Sukkah that will be erected for the SukkahFest at Whole Foods during Sukkot. Each child made and painted a papier-mache piece of fruit. Sukkot Festivities at the JCC will include children’s activities, food and more. Six winning Sukkahs will be on display at the JCC from the competition. Whole Foods Market Downtown will feature two winning Sukkahs on the rooftop, as well as a traditional Sukkah built by the Austin Jewish Academy.

The 15th of Sept is International Dot Day. We read “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds and then decorated and filled  a ¼ circle pizza slice shape using artstix and markers. Once all the pieces are complete we will assemble them together to create lots of big dots.

After looking at Matisse’s “Apples” of 1916, we talked about what a “bird’s eye view” was so the students understood the perspective of this project. The children then traced a plate and used white tempera for the first layer of their pieces. Once dry, they created apples by making prints with paper cups and then filling them in with paint. They created shadows by painting a “C” shape on one side of their apples as well as their plates. Stems were added with a Sharpie and then shaded with a bit of charcoal. And last, they used chalk pastel and white chalk to create highlights and shadows on their apples.