Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cool Kids, Warm Clothes by Grade 1

Ice Skating by Natalie W.

Students in first grade at Wood End studied color families.  We talked about warm, cool and neutral colors. Warm colors are reds, yellows, and oranges.  Cool colors are blues, greens, and violets (purples). Neutral colors are browns, grays, black, and white.  Warm colors make us feel warm and we think of the sun or summer time.  Cool colors make us think of grass or water, or cold days. 

Snowboarding by Jonathan A.

For our project, we created a winter scene.  We drew a picture of ourselves participating in our favorite outdoor winter activity using cool and neutral colors. We colored in everything except our clothing.  The next class we used torn tissue paper in warm colors to create our warm clothes.  Take a look at our results!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Geometric Shaped Houses by Grade 1

by Connor P.
By Joseph F.

By Kendall B.

First graders at Wood End and Birch Meadow learned about the art element of shape.  There are organic shapes and geometric shapes, but we focused on geometric shapes.  We drew and cut out many different geometric shapes that we thought would be best to create and "build" a house.  We then glued the shapes on colored construction paper.  Once dry, the students added detail using sharpie marker and then colored in using construction paper crayons. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs by Gr. 2

Daddy Hex
Second graders at the Birch Meadow and Wood End Elementary Schools studied the folk art of the Pennsylvania Dutch.  When German settlers came to the United States and moved to farm lands in Pennsylvania during the 1700’s, they brought back the hex sign traditions of the Old Country.  Many farmers painted hex signs on their barns and homes for good luck, good fortune, love, wealth, or as a welcome sign to their home or land.  Second graders learned about rotational symmetry.  Rotational symmetry is when things are symmetrical going around in a circle. No matter which way the design or picture turns, the work will still be the same.  Second graders used motifs like geometric and organic shape in their work.  They were inspired by traditional hex designs of the Pennsylvania Dutch. 

student hex sign detail

display at BMS of Hex signs