1st Grade, The Art Cafe, Ms Slomowitz

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We have had a very busy time in 1st grade in Art this month. “Space” refers to the distance between elements that creates positive or negative spaces in a composition in an art work.

After discussing primary colors and line in Piet Mondrian’s (1872-1944) art work, each student got a large piece of white paper a ruler and a pencil. The students divided the surface of the canvas into rectangles and squares and then colored the various spaces in the primary colors with markers. Once complete the students added thin strips of black construction paper over the pencil lines. With bold outlines, high contrast, and bright colors, Mondrian’s artwork was fun for the students.

“I wish to approach truth as closely as is possible, and therefore I abstract everything until I arrive at the fundamental quality of objects.” – Piet Mondrian

After a very structured a neat art project we looks at “Shape” and the students did a Geometric Robot Collage, where they got to choose colored and patterned paper cut out shapes and build their very own unique robots with googly eyes.

We also read One fish, two fish by Dr. Seuss and spoke about “Shape” then the students drew fish shapes and colored them in crayon and painted the water in blue liquid water colors.

We read the book Art through the Ages about Claude Monet (1840-1946) by Alex Wood looked closely and discussed the painting The Japanese Footbridge (1899). We then painted on paper towels with liquid water color and once dry used oil pastels to draw the Japanese footbridge and the waterlilies.

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