Google Art Project!

2 Feb

Wow! Check out the Google Art Project, a wonderful site that lets you explore museums all over the world, and check out artwork from their collections UP CLOSE!

When you go to the homepage, you can click on a museum from the list on the left (The Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is included!), and then choose to VIEW ARTWORK, or even EXPLORE THE MUSEUM.

You can ZOOM IN on any artwork to see it closer than you could probably get in person! Check out the cracks in Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” by clicking on the picture below!

3rd Grade: CLICK! Celebrating Communities

1 Feb

In Mr. Langevin and Mrs. Johnson’s Art Rooms, 3rd graders discussed the meaning of community. We took a look at historic Ellicott City here in Howard County as an example of a local community. 3rd graders even got to spend some time in this community when they took a field trip to Old Ellicott City with their homeroom teachers!

To celebrate the rich history of the Old Ellicott City community, 3rd graders drew inspiration from their experiences on the field trip, as well as from photos of the town to create a three-dimensional city!

As a final step, 3rd graders took photographs of the community they created together. We discussed how the artist, Walter Wick worked with a team to create and photograph communities for his book series, “Can You See What I See?” and “I Spy”. Four of these photographs were sent to a Howard County Art Exhibition called “Click! Celebrating Communities”.

You can check out these four photographs by Ilchester students (as well as photographs by K-12 students from other Howard County schools) at the Artists’ Reception this Thursday, February 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Department of Education Gallery… or see them below!

2nd Grade: Can You See What I See?

13 Jan

In Mr. Langevin and Mrs. Johnson’s Art Rooms, 2nd Graders took a look at the work of Walter Wick, author and photographer of the children’s book series “Can You See What I See?” Then, we used painted textures and paper collage to design our own city scenes, hiding little details and pictures within our artwork for the viewer to find. Take a look at our artwork… and can you see what we saw??

(Click on any of the images to see them larger)

And here are some close-ups of our hidden details!

1st Grade: Figures in motion!

12 Jan

In Mrs. Johnson’s Art Room, 1st Graders have been studying the human figure. First, we learned how to draw a stick figure! We worked in partners – one student posed, and the other student drew… then we switched roles. The kids loved trying out all sorts of crazy poses to challenge their partner!

Then, we learned how to add “skin and muscles” to our stick figure skeletons… we call this “Tornado Man” because we drew tornado-like spirals to fill out our figure!

Finally, we drew two or three of our favorite poses on black paper, cut them out, and added bright colored lines to show movement! This method of using both oil pastel and watercolor paint is called “Oil resist painting“. It creates very bright combinations of colors!

Happy New Year!

7 Jan

This is our first week back here at Ilchester, and I hope everyone had a very relaxing break! I can’t wait to post some of the fun things we have been creating in the Art Room during the Fall of 2010. Check back soon to see what we’re up to!

2nd Grade: Cities at Night!

8 Jun

In Mrs. Johnson’s Art Room, 2nd Graders took a careful look at how different artists create cityscapes at nighttime. We discussed how buildings look when driving through the city, or viewing them from far away. We also talked about the different cities we have visited, and students chose one to feature in their artwork.

Students created a horizon line, which is the line that separates the earth from the sky. On the horizon line, students created many buildings, showing details like windows, doors, and signs. We painted anything that was “lit up” (like windows, street lamps, headlights, and stars) with a bright yellow paint.

See if you can guess which city each student featured in their artwork!

Green Day Celebration & Mural Dedication!

3 Jun

This year, Ilchester Elementary was proud to receive their official Maryland Green School certification. Part of the celebration included the unveiling of a mural created by Ilchester’s very own 2009-2010 5th Graders and 2nd Graders!

The theme of the mural was Maryland ecosystems. 5th Graders worked together with an artist-in-residence, Mrs. Suzanne Herbert-Forton to create clay tiles featuring local species and their habitats.

Around the border of the mural, 2nd Graders created clay tiles featuring butterflies that are common to our area (and that can be found in Ilchester’s outdoor butterfly garden – directly across from the mural!)

You can read more about the artist-in-residence who helped us create this mural here.

Check out some photos of the unveiling (special thanks to Mrs. Behan for the photos!):

Mr. Langevin before the mural is revealed.

Mr. Langevin and Mrs. Iris

The mural is revealed!

Stop by to check out the mural in person! It is located in the courtyard outside of Mr. Langevin’s Art Room.