Welcome to another great year in Art! I am Mrs. White, your child's Art Teacher. I have been at Bristow Run for 19 years. I am really looking forward to another great year.
SEPTEMBER IN ART
We have already gotten off to a great start.
Kindergarten has begun learning about lines and their names. Ask them to tell you the names. We have learned about tracing and outlining as well. This week they will be bringing home an art work decorated with leaves incorporating lines, tracing, and outlining.
Next we will be learning about 3-D and how to use scissors to create a cut on the fold to make a pumpkin.
First Grade has begun learning about where an artist gets ideas for art. We read the book, Jeb Scarecrow, for our ideas. Then we drew a picture of our own scarecrow and decorated and painted it. Next we will be learning how to create 3-D kitty paper sculptures by folding and cutting.
Second Grade started off the year learning about famous artist Vincent Van Gogh. We learned about many of his famous paintings and started our own "sunflowers" still life.
Next we will be learning about the art of China and painting a "goldfish" scene.
Third Grade began learning about printmaking to make art. We used an autumn leaf motif to print a leaf artwork. Next, we will be creating a small weaving from real yarns and cords.
Fourth Grade has started a Colonial Quilt Sample. In this lesson we will learn how to sew and stitch two types of stitches .Next, we will be exploring with clay and making a slab leaf dish.
Fifth Grade kicked off the new year learning about the art of paper folding called origami. We made a box, frog, snapping mouth, and the fox will be next. After origami, we will start our unit in clay. We will be making coral reefs and learning about the coral reef system in support of their 5th grade Science Curriculum.
OCTOBER IN ART
Currently, during October, all classes will be working on Square One Art. Square One Art is a fund-raising program in which students create a 2-D piece of artwork and then parents have the opportunity to purchase their child's artwork displayed on a water bottle, coffee mug, t-shirt, pillow, and many other fun items. It is a great way to showcase and build pride in your child's artwork and makes great gifts as well. Orders will be ready before Christmas this year. Information will come home about purchasing items in the near future.
NOVEMBER IN ART
Kindergarten art classes have been working hard on mastering the skill of tracing, cutting, and outlining. These skills are used continuously throughout art activities and creations. Classes have completed a Pumpkin Patch Painting in which the concept of a 3-D landscape was explored. For many students this was their first experience with a paintbrush. Applying paint properly, use of the brush, and learning the correct mixture of water, were all taught and practiced. Currently classes are creating a fall tree using a printmaking (stamping) technique for the bright fall colors. Learning the difference between painting and stamping was an important skill that was taught. Next, they will be creating a 3-D paper turkey project using paper folding techniques.
First grade classes are learning about weaving. This can be a challenging concept for some students. Learning the Tabby Weave (over and under) takes practice and patience. With both, all students will create a successful paper fall placemat in fall colors.
Second Grade just finished their Still Life of Van Gogh Sunflowers. Now, they are working on a textured owl. They will draw an owl and add color with oil pastels. Then, they will use cut triangle shapes to create texture on the chest. Next, they will be doing a November Weaving as a review from last year.
Third Grade is still working on their weaving. Their weaving is done with real cords and strings, so it will make a very nice keepsake. Next, they will be starting a clay project making a "coil pot". A coil pot is made from long strand of clay strips which are formed together to make a vase or bowl shape.
Fourth Grade is just finishing up their Colonial Quilt Sample. This project took a few weeks; but will be very nice to frame or as a keepsake. All students finished the quilt by sewing/ stitching along the edge. Yes, all fourth grade students can sew! Our next project will be a study of Abstract Art and famous artist Pablo Picasso. Next, we will create a clay leaf bowl project using the "slab technique".
Fifth Grade " Clay Coral Reefs" have now dried and have been fired in the kiln. They are ready for paint and decorations. These clay projects have turned out very nice and will make a great table decoration. I can't wait to display them in this years All-County Art Festival! Next, they are starting a unit about "Tessellations" and learning about famous artist M.C.Escher.
DECEMBER IN ART
We started off our winter month of December with the Stencil Bells Project. Chalk was used to create a bell print which was then decorated and glitter added. Hopefully, you have seen your child's by now and are enjoying it at home. Now, we are working on learning how to recognize and cut shapes "free scissor". We are making a snowman from our cut shapes and gluing together the parts to make a whole figure. Students created their own hat without use of a tracer. Next, we will be using Chalk again to create a very popular "winter landscape".
First grade has been working on learning how to fold paper to create figures. It is sort of like a very simple Origami. We made a snow owl that students enjoyed flying around. Next, we are making a lovely poinsettia flower using Mixed Media. We are using tissue paper and modge podge to create a shiny effect. The end result will be a lovely poinsettia that appears "sealed" on the paper. After the poinsettia, we will be learning about Printing. We will be printing a snow scene with printed snowpeople.
Second grade also created a Weaving but with December colors and wavy strips increasing the level of difficulty. Next, we made a Peek-A-Boo Winter Tree using a hole puncher and tissue paper. The students loved using the hole puncher! Now, we are making a Sponge Printed snowperson with sponge printed snow. Yes, we are ready for winter with our projects!
Third grade has been very busy with their Textile Weavings. I hope you have seen your child's at home and noticed the amount of effort the children put into their project. They were so proud of them! As you have probably heard. we are now doing clay and learning how to make the traditional "COIL" pot. Next, we will be learning about Spatial Relationships in a reindeer snow scene.
We finally finished our quilts! They were lovely and all the students learned to sew! Currently, we are learning about Abstract Art and studying about several famous Abstract Artists such as Pablo Picasso. Next, we will be doing a unit in Clay and making a leaf bowl using the "Slab Method".
Fifth Grade finished their Coral Reefs and they are fantastic. I hope your have enjoyed seeing your childs at home. They were very proud of them. Now, we have started a unit on Tessellations and have learned about famous artist M.C.Escher. Students are really excited to see what theirs is going to turn into! Following this, we will be learning techniques in Watercolor and creating a beautiful birch tree snow scene.
January in Art
Snow and more snow are the themes for January 2017! All classes will be creating art with a winter inspired theme.
Kindergarten classes are busy making a large snowperson using free cutting skills from shapes. Next, they will be using chalk and oil pastels to create a snow landscape with lamppost.
First Grade is finishing up their winter poinsettia flower and then will be creating snow people using a printing technique.
Second Grades are making a fluorescent snowperson using bright chalk and cut shapes.
Third Grades are finishing up their unit in clay and then will be creating a three-dimensional landscape emphasizing spatial relationships.
Fourth Grades have had fun making fancy snowflakes and are now learning how to make linked snowpeople by cutting techniques. They are also working on a unit in Abstract Art. Next, they will be making glittering Snow Globes!
Fifth Grades are finishing up a unit on Tessellations. Next, they will be starting a unit in watercolor techniques and creating a beautiful birch tree snow landscape.
February Art covers a wide range of media and materials with many classes being inspired with a Valentine’s Day theme.
Kindergarten classes have finished their winter projects. They created a snow landscape, penguin, and cut snowman. Now, they are focusing on a Valentine’s Day theme and creating a heart motif using their tracing, design, and coloring skills.
First Grade classes are also creating from a Valentine’s Day inspiration as well. They will be constructing Heart People using folded paper for arms and legs. This project is one of the student’s favorite!
Second Grade will be using hearts to create a butterfly and other animals. Next, they will be learning about the art of China.
Third Grade will be learning how to create 3-D pop-up cards. Next, they will glaze their coil pots which have now been fired and are ready for decoration.
Fourth Grades are finishing up their Snow Globes and next will be doing a unit in clay. They will be making a clay leaf bowl using the slab technique.
Fifth Grades are starting their winter landscape project in watercolor. A variety of watercolor techniques will be explored that can be practiced at home if desired.
SUMMER ART ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION STARTING MARCH 1
Summer Art Enrichment
Prince William County Public Schools
What: An enriched art experience designed for two full weeks for students who have an interest in art and have completed second-grade through eighth-grade by June 2017. Students are grouped by grade level. All instructors are PWCS art teachers with Virginia licensure.
Studio experiences will include a variety of different art media, more advanced studio skills and techniques in both 2D and 3D art forms. Students must plan to attend both weeks of the program. Traditional and contemporary art media will be explored.
When: July 1--21, 2017 from 9 a.m.–Noon
Where: The Nokesville School 12375 Aden Road, Nokesville VA
How to Apply: Registration materials are available from all PWCS elementary and middle school art teachers and online at arts.departments.pwcs.edu beginning March 1–May 5, 2017.
Tuition: $200.00 PWC residents, $250.00 non-residents. Only money orders or cashier’s checks made payable to PWCS will be accepted. Personal checks, cash, or credit cards are not accepted.
Send: Registration & tuition can be mailed to Student
Learning/Arts, PWCS, P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108.
Registration Deadline: May 5, 2017 at 3 pm.
Class sizes are limited; registrations are accepted on a first-come basis. When classes are full, registrations will be returned. There is no wait list.
Refunds cannot be made after May 5. Orientation letters will be mailed to each student in June. Contact Jasmine Hawkins, Administrative Coordinator at email@example.com or 703.791.8174 or Student Learning/Arts at 703.791.8105 for more information
MARCH IN ART
MARCH IS YOUTH ART MONTH
Each year March is designated as a month to celebrate the importance of Art to the education of children. At Bristow Run artwork is displayed in the building that you may come by to view to get an idea of what students are learning and mastering. Schools with strong arts program find that students perform better overall in school and perform better on tests. We are very fortunate to have so many positives at Bristow Run within the Art Program. Bristow Run has always provided a generous budget for the arts program to directly benefit students with a wide variety of supplies and media. We are also fortunate to have an Art Room where students can enjoy creating without worrying about making a mess! Not only that, an Art Room allows for storage of projects and supplies that otherwise would be impossible to do without a room. Bristow Run also has always taken into consideration the needs of an appropriate art schedule when creating the Master Schedule for the year.
As a result of these positives, our Art Program at Bristow Run is strong and students benefit greatly. Each year I am amazed at the awesome artwork students create!
Students benefit in others ways as well. For some students art is their strongest subject which allows them to grow in this area and build self-esteem at school. For others, art is an opportunity to build creativity and tap into problem-solving skills and the imagination. Much pride exists when a work of art is made with the hands using creativity and imagination. Also, students benefit by learning and understanding that art is a way to communicate and a reflection of culture and society.
So this month, pledge to always support strong arts program in our public schools.
MARCH ART AT A GLANCE
5th grade - Basketweaving
4th grade - Slab clay
3rd grade - Greek Pottery
2nd grade - Chinese Painting
1st grade - Seasonal Projects
Kindergarten - Seasonal Projects
ALL COUNTY ARTS FESTIVAL SATURDAY APRIL 1, 2017
10:00 to 4:00