First Grade

MONA…LISA…MONA…LISA! Hello elementary artists! I miss you all and hope you are excited to continue our art adventures at home! Each week I will have a new art challenge for you to explore! You can use whatever art materials you have available, just ask your parent’s permission first! If you can only find pencils and paper, you will still be able to create! Even Van Gogh worked with limited supplies, and he became a famous artist! For some of the activities you will even be using things you find in your house or outside in nature! Now, let’s pretend we are standing at the white table, on a dot, surrounded by all our friends. My directions are coming up next, so here we go! Have fun creating, artists!

**Because of the limited time we were able to be in the classroom at the end of the year, all art portfolios and art projects will be passed back during the first two weeks of school. Once I am able to organize all of the work, your child will receive a large folder filled with all of their projects throughout the year. Thank you for your understanding!**

FINAL WEEK: OPTIONAL FUN ART ACTIVITIES

For our final week I have complied a collection of optional fun art activities and websites to explore! You can choose one that interests you the most or try all of them! I am so proud of how hard you have worked and all of the amazing art you have created! This week just HAVE FUN!

RECREATE A FAMOUS ART PIECE:

We have explored many different artists and art pieces these past few weeks. Now is your chance to recreate any famous art piece. It can be a famous painting or even a sculpture. There are many ways to recreate a famous piece of art. You can use costumes and clothing and try to pose like a person in a famous painting. You can use paint or collage and try to recreate the colors and objects you see in a painting. You could even use things you find outside in nature to recreate a famous painting! The possibilities are endless, but I have added a few examples of how to recreate famous art pieces below to give you some ideas! I have also added a few of my favorite art pieces that you can choose to recreate, or if you have your own favorite you can choose that!

Some of Mrs. Bond’s Favorites:

       

Van Gogh “Starry Night”                                          Degas “Two Dancers”

     

Keith Haring “Best Buddies”                       Edvard Munch “The Scream”

Recreation Examples:

 

SALT DOUGH CLAY RECIPE:

Because many of us did not get to complete our clay projects this year I am posting an easy at home recipe for air dry clay. You can create anything you want out of the clay, and once your sculpture has dried you can even paint it! Enjoy!

Recipe:

½ cup of flour

¼ cup of water

¼ cup of salt

food coloring (optional)

**Depending on how wet or dry your clay is you can add more water or more flour. The clay should not be so sticky that it sticks to your hands, but also not too dry that it falls apart.**

TATE KIDS:

Tate Modern is a modern art museum in London, England. They have an amazing kids’ website where you can make, explore, watch videos, and even play games. I made this painting through their “tate paint” game! Have fun exploring their galleries!

Take Kids Website

SCULPTURE SCAVENGER HUNT:

Use this map to lead you on a hunt for supplies to create a sculpture!

I am always available via email with any questions you might have. Happy creating artists and I can’t wait to see you all next year!

Mrs. Bond ?

casbon@bhasd.org

May 18-28: This week’s theme is WE ARE COLLECTORS!

**Because of the Memorial Day holiday, this project will carry us through to Thursday the 28th. This means you have until that date to complete the activity.** 

MONOCHROMATIC COLLECTIONS

This week we will be exploring contemporary artist Mark Dion. Mark Dion is a New York based artist who creates collections that resemble science laboratories or museums. Below is a short video of Mark Dion creating one of his collections in a museum.

Mark Dion Video

Mark Dion’s work often focuses on nature and how humans affect and change our environment. Many of his collections are things he finds in nature. Below are two collections that he created by collecting trash and litter along beaches. Dion created this work purely from things he found and collected outside in nature. He then built shelves and cabinets to display his collections to create modern “cabinets of curiosities”. Through his work he hopes to make his viewers aware of the impact humans can have on the world around them.

 

For your art activity this week you are going to use Mark Dion’s work as inspiration for your own collection. The only rule is that your collection needs to be monochromatic. In art, monochromatic means shades and tints of ONE color. I have added examples of monochromatic color schemes below. You will notice that all the colors are lighter and darker shades of the same color. The blue example has dark blue, medium blue and light blue shades, but these colors are still all versions of the color blue.

 

For your collection creations, begin by collecting objects that are all the same color. You can collect things around your house or even outside to create a collection. Remember, the colors of the objects can be lighter or darker, but all the objects need to resemble just ONE color. I have added a few examples of monochromatic collections below to give you inspiration for your own!

   

Feel free to email me pictures of your creations as I am so excited to see them! In your email please include your name and homeroom teacher. I am always available via email with any questions you might have. Happy creating artists!

Mrs. Bond ?

casbon@bhasd.org

May 11-16: This week’s theme is DOT DOT DOTS!

YAYOI KUSAMA ART

This week we will be exploring contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama was born in Japan and is most famous for her use of polka dots in her artwork. Below is a short video about Kusama and her work!

Yayoi Kusama Video

As you saw in the video, Yayoi Kusama is famous for covering anything and everything with dots! When she was a young girl, she had vivid dreams of floating flowers and dots spanning entire fields. To her, the dots represented infinity because they went on forever. She continued with this inspiration throughout her entire art career. When she was 28 years-old she moved to New York City, where she worked tirelessly creating art. Eventually her abstract polka dot paintings were displayed along with famous artists like Andy Warhol. It was from that point on that she became known as the “Polka Dot Princess” and still creates art to this day!

We are going to focus on her some of her sculptures this week, which you saw in the video. A sculpture is a three-dimensional piece of art. Yayoi’s sculptures are so big that they have even been on display outside in parks and in front of museums! I have added a few examples of her flower sculptures below. What do you notice about the sculptures? Do you think they are realistic flowers or abstract?

   

               

For your art activity this week you have two different options. You only need to choose ONE activity to complete!

Option #1: I want you to think about some of the flowers we are beginning to see bloom outside! Begin by creating a flower shape. You can use whatever materials you choose! This means you can simply draw and color your flower. You can cut out and glue a flower. You can even try to create a sculpture of a flower with paper or cardboard! Create a flower however you choose! After you have your flower shape created, choose a design to create the center of your flower. Finally, add some bright colors and polka dots! Yayoi Kusama’s art pieces are famous for their use of very bright colors and lots and lots of dots! I have added drawing instructions for the flower parts below. I also added some example flowers I created by drawing flowers and gluing them onto brightly colored paper. Remember, you can use whatever you want to create your flowers. My examples are just to give you inspiration!

     

     

Option #2: Yayoi Kusama covers anything with polka dots! She has covered pumpkins, flowers, spheres, and even entire rooms with polka dots! Below are a few other examples of her dot creations.

              

For this option find a simple object that you can cover with dots! You could use a piece of fruit, a box, a leaf, a rock, even a shoe! The simpler and less busy the object, the better result you will have. Please ask parent permission first to make sure the object you choose is okay with them!! You can cut dots out of paper and tape or glue them onto an object. You can use stickers to create dots on your object or even pom poms! Use your imagination and whatever materials you can think of, to cover an object with lots and lots of dots! I created a polka dot pear! Use this example as inspiration for your own creation!

Remember you only need to complete ONE of the options this week! Feel free to email me pictures of your creations as I am so excited to see them! In your email please include your name and homeroom teacher. I am always available via email with any questions you might have. Happy creating artists!

Mrs. Bond ?

casbon@bhasd.org

May 4-8: This week’s theme is EXPLORING SURREALISM

SALVADOR DALI INSPIRED DREAM OBJECTS

This week we will be exploring the art topic of surrealism and one of the most famous surrealist artists, Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dali made paintings, sculptures and films about the dreams he had. He painted melting clocks and floating eyes, clouds that look like faces and rocks that look like bodies. Do these ideas all seem a little strange? Melting clocks and floating eyes certainly don’t exist in real life! That is because Salvador Dali painted his dreams! Dalí was involved with surrealism. This was an art movement where painters made dream-like scenes and showed situations that would be bizarre or impossible in real life.

Below are two of Dali’s art pieces. The painting is titled “Persistence of Memory” and features melting clocks in a dreamlike landscape. Do you think melting clocks are something we would see in real life? The other piece is Dalí’s version of a surrealist sculpture. It is called Lobster Telephone. You could not call anyone on that silly phone! What two objects did Dali put together to create this surreal sculpture?

 

For your activity this week I want you to think of an object that you can draw, and make it look like it is melting! Remember, surrealism focuses on ideas that would be impossible in real life. Things that would only occur in our dreams! I have added a few examples below that are silly versions of Dali’s painting. Can you spot the melting pizzas and cookies?

 

You can draw your melting object with any material you have available at home! Think about what kinds of lines you would need to add to the edges of your objects. If something was melting would it have straight lines, or wavy lines? Probably wavy lines! You can choose to just draw one object or multiple objects! I have added my example below of a melting art palette and a few other examples created by kids like you! Use them for inspiration for your own art piece!

 

Feel free to email me pictures of your creations as I am so excited to see them! In your email please include your name and homeroom teacher. I am always available via email with any questions you might have. Happy creating artists!

Mrs. Bond ?

casbon@bhasd.org

April 27-May 1: This week’s theme is ART AND MATH: EXPLORING SHAPES

SHAPE ROBOTS

This week we will be exploring shapes to create robots! In art we usually talk about two different kinds of shapes: geometric and organic. Geometric shapes are shapes like squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles. These shapes all have even edges and lines that define the shape. Organic shapes are shapes that resemble things found in nature. These shapes have flowing, curved edges and are usually irregularly shaped. Artists use organic shapes and geometric shapes in different ways. When attempting to create a piece that looks natural, flowing, soft or calming, organic shapes are generally the shapes of choice. When attempting to create a sense of hardness or order geometric shapes are used. Below I have placed images of geometric and organic shapes. Which shapes do you think you would use to build a robot?

This week our artist inspiration is an artist named Leonard Zimmerman who also goes by the name “Porkchop”. He creates fun paintings and drawings of robots! In all of his paintings the robots are doing a different activity! Some are making new friends while others are throwing parties! Below are a few examples of his work. Did he use geometric or organic shapes to create his robots?

   

For your activity this week I want you to use geometric shapes to build a robot. As you saw, our artist mainly used geometric shapes to create his robots. I suggest starting with main parts of your robot like the head and body. After you have the basic shape of your robot done you can begin adding things like gears and other parts. I have added a few robot drawing tips below!

You can choose to draw your robot on paper, or you could cut shapes out of paper and glue them together. Use whatever materials you have and make your robots whatever colors you want! I also want you to think about what activity your robot will be doing. Will your robot be making a sandwich? Will your robot be playing a sport? I have added a few examples of robot drawings created by kids like you! Use them for inspiration for your own robot art!

   

Feel free to email me pictures of your creations as I am so excited to see them! In your email please include your name and homeroom teacher. I am always available via email with any questions you might have. Happy creating artists!

Mrs. Bond ?

casbon@bhasd.org

April 20-24: This week’s theme is EARTH ART!

**The weather may not cooperate this week. If you are unable to go outside to create or collect materials, feel free to just sketch your idea or use things you can find inside! You are also welcome to wait until the weather clears to complete this lesson!**

NATURE PORTRAITS

In celebration of Earth Day we are going to explore nature art this week! Andy Goldsworthy is a famous British artist who creates sculptures using found objects in nature. Goldsworthy is a naturalist, which means all his art is derived from and connected to nature. His natural sculptures range in materials from leaves, stones, twigs and even ice! Because his sculptures remain in their natural environments and change with the elements, the only way to document Goldsworthy’s art is through photographs. Below you can see a few examples of his sculptures. What natural elements can you spot in each picture? How long do you think it took him to create some of these sculptures and designs?

       

For your activity, take inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy’s art and create your own nature portrait! Remember, a portrait is a picture of a person. You can create a self-portrait which is a picture of yourself, or you can create a portrait of someone else! Use found materials, preferably ones you find outside in nature. The goal is not to interrupt nature too much by picking plants but use what you can find on the ground like twigs, leaves and rocks. Remember, we are celebrating the Earth and nature this week! You can lay your found materials on a piece of paper and add drawn elements, or your designs can remain outside in the grass or dirt. You may even want to continue adding to them as you find more natural materials while playing outside or taking walks! I have added a few nature portraits below to give you inspiration!

   

                             

Feel free to email me pictures of your creations as I am so excited to see them! In your email please include your name and homeroom teacher. I am always available via email with any questions you might have. Happy creating artists!

Mrs. Bond ?

casbon@bhasd.org

April 13-17: This week’s theme is MAPPING OUR WORLD!

IF I BUILT A HOUSE

This week’s activity will begin with a story called “If I Built a House” by Chris Van Dusen. As you listen to the story think about the different buildings and houses that surround your neighborhood! What are some of your favorite buildings in your neighborhood? Click on this link to listen to the story!

Click Here: If I Built A House

Our artist inspiration this week is James Rizzi. Rizzi creates paintings and drawings of imaginary buildings he calls “silly buildings”. He has even painted real buildings in towns all over the world to look like his silly building paintings! Use his work as inspiration to get ideas for your own imaginary house creation!

   

For your activity I want you to use the ideas from our story to create your own imaginary house! What are some special rooms you would add if you could build a house? Would you add a flying room or a fish tank room? What do you want the outside of your house to look like? Will your house have a giant slide outside like the one in our story? Think about some of your favorite buildings in your neighborhood! Why are these places and buildings your favorite? Is it the color of the building? The shape of the building? Does the building remind you of something you love? Is it a place in your neighborhood that you love to visit? All of these ideas can help you to create your own imaginary house!

You have two choices this week for creating your imaginary house. You can draw your imaginary house, OR you can build it!

Drawing Steps:

To begin your drawing steps, start with the shape of your house. Use whatever materials you have available at home! If you only have a pencil, think of adding extra details instead of color! I added two examples below of simple ways to begin a house. These are just helpful ideas. Remember, you can make your imaginary house any shape you want! I drew two identical house shapes on my paper. This is so that I can draw the outside of my house and the inside! After you have drawn the basic house shapes, it is time to start adding details. This is where you will decide what kind of rooms you want inside your house, and what you want to add on the outside of your house. I added an example drawing below. In my house I added an art room where you could draw on the walls because I loved that example from our story! I also added a slide outside of my house where I could slide right into the ocean! If I could choose any location for my house, it would be at the beach! Reminder: If you complete the drawing steps you do not need to complete the building steps unless you want to!

       

Building Steps:

Use whatever you have available at home to build! Legos, blocks, magna tiles, cereal boxes, books, cardboard. You can use anything you want, just ask your parent’s permission first ? Remember, you are building an imaginary house. Think about the things you would want inside your house AND outside your house. I added a picture of the imaginary house I built below! I would want my house to be colorful, so I used rainbow tiles. I also added a slide on the side of my house so I could slide right into the yard! Reminder: If you complete the building steps you do not need to complete the drawing steps unless you want to! 

Feel free to email me pictures of your creations as I am so excited to see them! In your email please include your name and homeroom teacher. I am always available via email with any questions you might have. Happy creating artists!

Mrs. Bond ?

casbon@bhasd.org

April 6-10: This week’s theme is EXPRESS YOURSELF!

COLOR MONSTERS AND EMOTIONS

This week’s activity will begin with a story called “The Color Monster” by Anna Llenas. Click on the link under the picture of the book to listen to the color monster story!

Click Here: The Color Monster

As you saw in the story, different colors can symbolize different feelings and emotions. Artists use this same idea when they create art! Below are two paintings by Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Both artists would use colors to depict emotions they were feeling at the time. The painting by Picasso is from his blue period. Van Gogh created the sunflower painting for one of his best friends.  What emotions do you think these two paintings could represent? How do you think the artists wanted people to feel when they viewed these paintings?

           

Pablo Picasso “Self-Portrait”       Vincent Van Gogh “Sunflowers”

For your activity this week you will be creating your own color monster and choosing an emotion to portray through your monster! Below are a few examples of how certain colors can depict certain emotions! Also look at each monster’s facial expressions. Different facial expressions can also tell you how a person is feeling. The happy monster is smiling. The sad monster is frowning. For your monster creation you can choose any emotion and any color!

This week I have attached step by step drawing examples to help you create the main shape of a monster. Remember, your monster does NOT need to look exactly like Mrs. Bond’s! Use your imagination and come up with your own monster design if you want! As always, use whatever materials you have at home. If you don’t have anything to color your monster with, then you can just focus on your monster’s facial expression. What kind of eyes would you draw to make your monster look sad? What mouth would you draw to make your monster look angry? To make your monster unique, you could even come up with a name for them like “Silly Monster” or “Big Bad Angry Monster”. Talk about why you chose the emotion you did for your monster. You could even create more than one monster for different emotions!

Below are a few examples of color monster projects created by kids like you! Use them for inspiration!

                                       

Feel free to email me pictures of your creations as I am so excited to see them! In your email please include your name and homeroom teacher ? I am always available via email with any questions you might have. Happy creating artists!

casbon@bhasd.org

Mrs. Bond ?

March 30-April 3 “Art is All Around You”!

FOUND OBJECT COLOR WHEEL:

A color wheel is a tool artists use to determine different color relationships. This color wheel shows us the primary colors and secondary colors. The primary colors are red, blue and yellow. The secondary colors are purple, orange and green.

Think back to when we practiced mixing paint colors in the art room. We learned that in order to create a secondary color, you needed to mix two primary colors together. Look at the color wheel below. What color is between red and yellow? Orange! This tells us that when you mix red with yellow, you get orange! What happens when you mix red and blue? What happens when you mix blue and yellow?

For your activity this week you are going to create a collection of objects. Look around your house, in your room, or even outside! A lego, a scrap of paper, a toy, a crayon or even a sock are just a few examples! Once you have your objects you need to arrange them in the order of a color wheel. I suggest beginning with the primary colors red, blue and yellow. Once you have objects in these colors, you can begin to place your secondary colored objects. Green objects should be placed in between the blue and yellow objects. Orange objects should be placed in between the red and yellow. Purple objects should be placed in between the red and blue.  The examples below show how you can arrange an assortment of objects in the order of a color wheel. Remember, you can use anything around you, as long as it is colorful!

   

Feel free to email me pictures of your creations as I am so excited to see them! I am always available via email with any questions you might have. Happy creating artists!

Mrs. Bond ?

casbon@bhasd.org