2017-2018: Thanks to generous support of fellow teachers, family, friends, and members of the community, Donors Choose will be supplying the third grade classes with clay and glazes! Get ready to create with clay. We will be making a fun and functional piece to be exhibited at our spring art show. :)
The laser engraver was instrumental in creating these modern sculptures. The third grade students studied Peter Reginato, an American contemporary artist. They really responded to his colors and varied geometric and organic shapes. So as not to waste materials, the students used paper to create a machete, or model, of their sculptures first. They then used Inkscape on the mini laptops to create their desired shapes. Once each student had their favorite shape, they were shown how to properly use the laser engraver to cut foamcore. Each student made multiples of their shape. The shapes were then shared across the classroom and the problem solving began. Students placed their pieces together so it would stand alone. The pieces were then painted with tempra paint.
Rex Ray inspired these works. The student were again, drawn to his color, shapes, and composition. They really worked hard to create a whimsical piece with overlapping. Once their sketches were complete they moved on to their final paper using colored pencils to complete the art. They combined two colors to create a new color. They colored them boldly so they would really pop!
Color! These students love color and any artist that works with bold bright colors are their favorites. Jen Stark is no exception. This contemporary American artist is best known for her works in paper. She layers paper, cutting each layer by hand, until it has a three dimensional quality. Her shapes are geometric as well as organic and are usually done on a large scale. The students were inspired to create their own version of paper stacking either using a small to large plan or a large to small as they desired.