Friday, February 09, 2018

Grade One: Clay Animals


Students in first grade began this lesson by viewing and comparing several examples of sculptures of animals. In each of the examples, students were guided to notice how the artist used materials, textures and embellishments to either express a unique quality about the animal depicted, or to add an element of fun or personal decoration to their creation. Some artists opted to made their sculptures resemble the animal in a realistic manner, while others made their sculptures more interesting with  the creative use of line, color and shape.

Students were instructed to manipulate clay by pinching it, rather than subtracting and reattaching pieces, as children are often wont to do, resulting in significantly less strong sculptures. Students were required to only sculpt animals with legs, and to make certain the sculpture could stand and support itself on its legs. Once the sculptures were dried and fired, students added color using watercolors. They were also encouraged to consider whether they would paint/decorate their sculptures using life-like colors, or more creative possibilities.







February Masterpiece of the Month: Scenecio (Head of a Man) by Paul Klee


Who Made It?
This painting was created by a Swiss painter named, Paul Klee, in 1922.

Where is the REAL One?
The real painting can be seen at the Kunstmuseum Basel in Basel, Switzerland

Why Is It Important?
The artwork of Paul Klee was very inspiring to many artists during the 20th century and influenced many styles of art. Klee admired children’s artwork and wanted his own work to be just as expressive and without any limitations.This abstract version of the human face is divided by color into flat geometric shapes. This painting demonstrates Klee’s unique understanding of line, color, shape and space in a way that is playful, dramatic and strange all at the same time.