Mrs. Barger's Art Class

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Week of 1/29/18

Wow!  Can you believe it’s almost February?  I wanted to update parents on some art room needs as well as to inform you about the current projects and future art shows.

With sickness being so widespread in Georgia the art room is need of some items.  We need some non-clorox cleaning wipes and spray.  I clean my tables and chairs often.  We could also use baby wipes.  With our class sizes and limited time baby wipes are quick and easy for kids to use to clean themselves off after painting and using oil pastels.  We also are in need of paper towels for times we have spills.

Upcoming Art Shows: In March several students will be chosen to have their art work exhibited in the Smyrna Art Show.  Your child will bring home a letter informing you their work will be exhibited and will give details such as location and time.  In April all students will have one art work of their choice framed by Artome.  Their work will be displayed at the Fine Arts night and you will have the opportunity to purchase the framed art work. Be on the lookout later for more information.

Parents please look at the student calendars that come home with their weekly folders.  It gives you their specials schedule.  We are using tools in art that can stain clothing.  On art days it is best to send students to school in clothing that you don’t mind them getting dirty in.  We do our best to protect their clothing but accidents do happen.

Current Projects:

5th Grade:  Students have learned about Keith Haring and his simplistic Pop Art style.  Students are using oil pastels.  I have shown students the proper way to use a paper towel to blend the oil pastels and warned them that oil does not come out of clothes so they need to be very careful.

4th Grade: Students have learned color theory.  They are creating a Color Wheel Eye.  The first part of the project is to paint the color wheel.  From there students are using collage to create the eye.

3rd Grade:  Students learned about Op Art.  Students are creating a version of Op Art using lines and circles.  They have learned the difference between horizontal lines, diagonal lines, and vertical lines.  They also learned how to use a ruler to draw lines and will be using colored pencils to create the illusion of deep space on a flat picture plane.

2nd Grade:  Students learned about Paul Klee.  They are finishing up their Fractured Fall Trees.  They are using tempera paint to complete their projects.

1st Grade:  Students are creating a Winter Tree.  Students are experimenting with color and creating tints of green using white.  This is a painting project.

K:  Students are finishing up their Teepee Mixed Media projects. Some will finish painting the background and then they will glue down their Teepee. After this project they will be creating a Heart Paper Weaving.

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Remaining Art Club Dates

Just a reminder that there will be art club today.  Here are the dates for the rest of the year:

2/7, 2/28, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25


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December Art Club Dates

The next art club meeting is December 6.  Then we will also meet December 13.  See you then!

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4th and 5th Graders

4th and 5th grade student’s due dates are coming up for their projects.  Some students are bringing home projects.  Students were told to take extra care of their projects.  The art work should come back in great condition (no torn edges, not folded).  Their art work should be in exhibit condition.  Also, students will have to provide their own supplies to work on them at home. Projects must come back on the due date.  Each day late will be 5 points off the grade they earn.  I will not accept late projects after 5 days late.  These projects are looking great and I can’t to see the final products!

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K-3 Grading

Good Afternoon!

I wanted to just let parents know the grading process for art.  If your child receives a 3 for one or both of the standards that means they showed a full understanding of the assignments (elements and/or principles of art).  If your child receives a 2 for the one or both of the standards that means they are on the correct path for showing a full understanding of the assignments.  There is room to show growth and understanding to achieve a level 3 mastery.  If your child receives a 1 for one or both of the standards then the student needs to work towards showing an understanding of the material taught in class.  If you have any specific questions please feel free to email me your concerns. On a previous post I did upload the rubric for each K-3 grade level for your reference.

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2nd Grade Britto Inspired Dog or Cat

2nd graders are creating a dog or cat inspired by Romero Britto.  They look awesome!  I wanted to let you know what it is that I will be looking for when I go to grade your child’s art.

  1. The dog or cat should be drawn big to take up a large amount of space.
  2. Students should have drawn 5 lines to break up the space.
  3. All the pencil lines should have been traced with a marker.
  4. In each space there should be a different pattern.
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3rd Grade Blue Willow Plates

Students are finishing up their Blue Willow Plate Designs.  They are doing a great job.  I wanted to update and let you know what it is that I will be looking for when I grade them.

  1.  Control of the coloring material (colored pencil).  Coloring should be solid with little white spaces.
  2. Students are to create at least 3 different values from one color.  (light, medium, and dark)
  3. Students are to trace all pencil lines with the colored pencil.
  4. Image on the inside should not be lost by their coloring.  They were to create a picture of themselves doing something and include a background.
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Good Evening Everyone!

I have some updates that I would like for you to be aware of.

Art Club:  Reminder we will be meeting this Wednesday, 10/4/2017.  If you took home your Coloring Book contest paper please bring them back so I can prepare to submit them.  We will discuss what students interests are and what they will like to create while in the club.   From there I will start to plan out things to do.  Also please have the $35 paid by Wednesday so I can order supplies.

4th and 5th Graders:  Students were asked to take home their sketchbooks and have a completed sketch ready for their next art class so they can begin their final projects.  I had some students report that they had already finished these before we left for the break, which is great!

Parents: Please remind students that they are responsible for bringing their sketchbook with all papers in them to class everyday.  This is 1/3 of their grade.  I started sketchbook checks during the last time we met.  Some students are not bringing their sketchbooks or have missing papers and this does negatively affect that portion of their grade.

1st-3rd:  Students are finishing up their projects.  Can’t wait to start being able to display them.  Please keep in mind that I will be keeping projects for an end of the year art show so if your student does not come home with a project it is likely I am keeping it.

K:  Students are continuing their unit on Color.  They are creating secondary birds.  They are doing an awesome job learning and creating art!

All Parents:  Please remember that students will have an art grade on their report card.  4th and 5th graders will have a letter grade as well as a conduct grade.  K-3 will have either a 1,2,or 3 and a conduct grade.

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Art Honor Club Invitation Letters

Today a letter was sent home with students chosen to be in the Art Honor Club.  Congratulations to those who were selected. I’ll see you Sept. 20.

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Week of August 21st

First, I’d like to thank everyone who has sent in any donations to the art room.  At this point we are needing newspaper, old/used adult size button down shirts (students will use them as smocks to protect clothes), glue sticks, and markers.

Artome will be our art fundraiser this year.  They will display an exhibit of framed student work.  Every student will have one of their art projects framed.  This will be at the end of the school year.  More information will be sent home when it is closer to the exhibit.  We hope to also have student work exhibited at the Smyrna Art Show later in the school year.

4th and 5th graders…Art Honor Club Applications are due no later than September 1st.  Applications are on a previous post for you to download, print, fill out, and turn in.

5th graders will begin working on a parody art based on Grant Wood’s American Gothic art work.  Students are encouraged to research cartoon characters.  They will be replacing the farmer and his daughter with either cartoon characters or famous people.  Students have the choice of creating a mixed media project using collage and drawing out the entire parody. They will demonstrate an understanding of space and line.  Students will have to keep the Gothic window, house, and farmer and daughter attire.  They may change the style of the house if it connects with their character however the window must still be in the final image.

4th graders have been studying Henri Rousseau.  They will begin creating their fantasy forest.  They will demonstrate an understanding of space, shapes, and lines as well be able to use their imagination to create an art work.

3rd graders have studied about Ancient China and Blue Willow Plates.  They will create their own version of a blue willow plate.  They will demonstrate an understanding of space, patterns, and value.

2nd graders have studied about India and the art of Henna.  They will create henna hands with a pattern border on paper.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of space, patterns, and warm and cool colors.

1st graders have learned about Romero Britto and his playful, patterned art work.  Students will either chose either a dog or cat.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of space, line, pattern, and following directions when drawing.

Kinders finished their STEAM lesson and as groups built ant playgrounds.  It was fun watching them be little engineers and designers.  With these projects being group projects they will not be coming home with students.  Now they are learning about color and the primary colors as well as shapes and forms.  They will be creating primary monsters.  I can’t wait to what kinds of monsters they create!


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