Archive | January, 2010

4th Grade: Zoom! Eyescapes

25 Jan

In Mr. Langevin and Mrs. Johnson’s Art Rooms, 4th Graders took a zooooomed in look at their eye! As a class, we viewed the photographs of British artist Rankin. These “eyescapes” as he called them are actual photographs of the artist’s friends and family!

We also studied and identified parts of the eye, including the pupil, iris, sclera, and eyelid:

After taking a peek at the viewing station in class, students used mirrors and oil pastel to create detailed drawings of their own eye!

Eight Ilchester artists were chosen to showcase their eyescapes at Zoom!, a Howard County art show on display at the Department of Education Gallery from January 19 – March 31, 2010.

Can you recognize any of these artists just by looking at their EYE?


1st Grade: Line Sculptures

25 Jan

In Mrs. Johnson’s Art Room, 1st Graders used their new knowledge about different types of lines to create three-dimensional line sculptures!

The first challenge was to move from drawing in 2D to sculpting in 3D. Students worked with a partner to create thick and thin lines with a ruler, and use these paper strips to sculpt an imaginary playground!

The second challenge was to create contrast within their playground by using warm and cool colors. We identified the differences between warm and cool colors, and how they are used in artworks to make the viewer feel a certain way. Then, students made their choice: warm-colored background, cool-colored lines OR cool-colored background, warm-colored lines.

Check out how 1st Graders created imaginative playgrounds using line sculpture, and warm/cool color schemes!

3rd Grade: Express Yourself!

25 Jan

In Mrs. Johnson’s Art Room, 3rd Graders used mirrors to study their facial features up close, and draw from observation. We discussed proportions, and how the face is made up of a series of measurements:

Proportions of the head (

Then, we viewed expressive portraits by master artists, such as Judith Leyster and Gustave Courbet. By reading each artist’s facial expression, we determined the mood of the artwork.

Judith Leyster, "Self Portrait" (

Gustave Courbet, "The Desperate Man" (

Students practiced conveying a mood and emotion in their self portrait using facial expression. Students also made color choices in the background and border pattern that reflected the mood featured in their portrait.

Can you tell which mood and/or emotion each artist is conveying?