December 2014 Buker Art Newsletter Kindergarteners: have been mixing new and original paint colors using only red, yellow and blue, the primary colors. As part of their exploration of the many things in their lives created by artists, they have Created ‘designer gift bags. Clay bowls (Just like the ones in your kitchen!) are drying and waiting to be glazed and fired. Grade 1: Students in grade one have been learning how to work with geometric shapes using 2-D and 3-D paper techniques. They are creating 2-D and 3-D houses with paper. Mrs. O’Shea’s class is also working with shapes. They recently learned how to draw 2-D shapes and shade them to look 3-D. This lesson was created as part of the new teacher evaluation. It connects math with art. Grade 2: Students in Ms. Oliviera’s class are working on creating a paper “Mola” inspired by the concentric patterns in the fabric mola’s that are a tradition among the Native Americans of Central America. Ms. Gambino’s class is finishing up a unit on architecture. They recently learned how to weave with paper using odd and even numbers. When finished, their woven paper will become a house for a collage lesson. Ms. Gambino’s class will also learn about concentric patterns coming up soon. Grade 3: Third graders have compared Pablo Picasso’s realistic and more abstract styles, looking at the ways an artist can use symbolic color and shapes to express what they feel on the inside vs what they look like on the outside. They are working on lettering project to design an original ‘font’ to express something about their interests. Look for this project on this year’s art portfolio. Grade 4: Students in Ms. Mastrianni’s class are finishing monochromatic paintings using shape, color and design principals to represent the feeling of a particular piece of music. Mrs. Blanchard’s class recently learned about the Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. They will also be creating monochromatic paintings using a guitar as our subject. Grade 5: Fifth graders have been creating bas-relief sculptures inspired by Incan images of the sun. Ms. Reed’s class has begun practicing calligraphy, using alphabets and tools used since the 1700’s. Ms. Mohan’s class will soon begin this project. Please Note: Art portfolios will be going home in March this year. Your child’s portfolio can be found in their classroom during Open House. They can be taken home that evening. Artwork is on display throughout the school year.