Mrs. Barger's Art Class

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8/22/18 Update

Now that we have settled in, I would like to let you know what your students are working on.

K:  First assignment was concerning line.  Students learned the art definition of line and learned what the 5 main kinds of line are. (Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal, Curved, and Zigzag)  Students drew a line drawing and depending on time painted the white spaces or colored them in with crayon.  We have moved on to learning about Shapes and Color.  Students are creating Primary Monsters.  In particular they are learning about primary colors and organic shapes.

1st: For our first assignment we are creating abstract cats.  Students learned about Laurel Burch.  Our focus is shapes, space, patterns, and collage.  I can’t wait to see how these look when completed!

2nd: Students are finishing up our Ming Dynasty Blue Willow Pattern designed vases that will include painted cherry blossoms.  So far these are turning out really cute.  I can’t wait to display some of these in the hallway!

3rd:  We did a little science and art experiment.  Students are finishing up their Jellyfish and coral reef Crayon Resist Painting.  Our main question was What happens when water touches wax?  They also learned how to make different values of watercolor to make it look like the ocean is lighter at the top and darker at the bottom.  These are super cute and some are already in the hallway!

4th:  Students are learning about color, shapes, and pattern.  We are focusing on warm and cool colors.  Students should be beginning to build and paint these next class period.

5th:  Our focus for this project is “I Am…”  Students will be taught the guidelines for creating a self-portrait that has correct proportions.  The second part of the assignment is to create a background collage that has words and images that represent the student.  They have been encouraged to bring in items to glue to their collage to make it more personal.  I can’t wait to see their end products.

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Art Club will meet on 3/21/18.

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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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