Monday, March 21, 2016

Hundertwasser, The Blob Grows in the Flower Pot

I have been studying Hundertwasser with my second grade classes.  So, I picked out a few of his art pieces that we would recreate.  The Blob Grows in the Flower Pot was one that everyone seemed to like, but there's a but.  The faces in the images seemes to creep out most of the kids, I get it.  
I mean, it is a little creepy!  So, we talked about taking the parts of the image that we did like and recreating those parts.  Everyone was on board and when we were done, the kids were very happy with the end results.
The end result looks more like lollipops in a mug, than flowers in a pot, but I don't think the kids minded that either.  These pieces took us 4 class periods to complete, but... this is a really large class (32 second graders).  Not to mentions they pack up their things, then come to art class right before they are dismissed for the day.  So, I would normally say this is a 3 day project, unless you are over crowed like we are, then plan for 4 art days.  

Friday, March 18, 2016

Hundertwasser's Blobs Grow in Beloved Gardens

Blobs Grow in Beloved Garden. What is the Blob? Why is he there? We aren't sure, but we love the garden! 

I worked with one of my second grade classes to MOSTly recreate this Hundertwasser art piece. The kids loved the concentric shapes and the red and blue fence. 

Since we weren't adding the blob, we wanted to add texture into the piece. So we painted the background and used some paint scrapers to add in that texture we wanted.
We attempted colored pencils to add the layers of concentric circles, but later moved to sharpie colors instead.
The kids loved looking at Hundertwasser's work, the colors and textures and mysterious faces that appear in his work. They also were pretty envious of the people in Germany who get to eat in the most interesting McDonalds that Hunderwasser designed himself.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Art Show 2016

Yeah, another art show in the books! What a great night of celebrating our young budding artist.
We had a fabulous turnout and despite the threat of bad weather, we had a record breaking number of families show up.
Even though I sometimes grumble over the fact that it is a process that takes several months to pick out artwork, contact parents for permission, label, prepare letters to congratulate and finally several hours to hang, for one evening. 
I know that so many schools and so many kids don't get this opportunity, not even one night a year to celebrate their art...because art isn't valued every where. 
It is good to count your blessings. I hope you all have success in celebrating youth art in your communities!