Collage Self-Portraits

Construction papers

The first grade assembled unique self-portraits from colored pieces of paper. These pictures document each student's  growth as both student and artist upon their return to school. 

Antoni Gaudi Architecture

clay, beads, & watercolor

The first grade students traveled to Barcelona and studied a renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi. After viewing much of his unique architecture, students created their own versions of Gaudi-like architecture in clay. The students finished their projects by adding colorful beads to recreate the beautiful mosaic work of Gaudi. 

Chiaozza Plaster Plants

Armature wire, plaster, and acrylic paint

The first graders created whimsical fauna inspired by the artist duo: Chiaozza (Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao). The students first sculpted wire armatures then built up the interesting organic forms with the wire and plaster. Once the students completed the tree sculptures, they painted them with vibrant colors that contrasted the organic forms they mimicked.

The Bedroom

tempera paint & oil pastel 

Inspired by one of the most famous Impressionists, Van Gogh, the first grade students created their own bedroom paintings after the Bedroom in Arles.  The students painted with vibrant colors and used oil pastel to replicate the essence of Impressionism. 

Shoebox Bedroom

multimedia

After learning about Van Gogh's the Bedroom in Arles, the students created a shoebox dioramas of their own bedroom. They created furniture that they currently have in their own room using clay and other fun materials. 

acrylic paint & oil pastel

The first grade studied about Surrealism and Joan Miro. They looked at his style of drawing that combined bold lines, primary hues and imaginary subjects. We learned that surrealism is about capturing ideas that exist outside of reality. The first graders created their own dreamlike characters inspired by Miro's paintings.

Surrealist Sculpture

armature wire, celluclay, & plaster wraps

Inspired by Joan Miro, the first grade students created wire sculptures that embodied the spirit of surrealism. They based their wire sculptures off of their surrealist drawings, then used a paper mache material to coat the wire. The final touch was adding a vibrant array of primary colors!

Salvador Dali Styled 

Self-Portraits

Watercolor

The first grade assembled unique self-portraits inspired by Salvador Dali's self-portraits. They created themselves in eye-catching outfits and put on his signature mustache!  

Dali's Melting Clock 

Ceramics

Right around Halloween, the first graders designed original monsters that they would like to create as stuffed animals. This is the design stage for our cute stuffed monster production! 

Dali's Elephant 

Tempera paint & collage

The first grade assembled unique self-portraits from colored pieces of paper. These pictures document each student's  growth as both student and artist upon their return to school. 

Porcelain Blue China

Air-dry Clay

The first grade studied their sister country, China's invention-porcelain China.  They looked at the intricate designs of traditional China painted in blue then they created their own versions of it!  

Porcelain Blue China

paper plates & markers

The first grade studied their sister country, China's invention-porcelain China.  They looked at the intricate designs of traditional China painted in blue then they created their own versions of it!  

Soft Sculptures

felt sewing

The first grade students turned their original drawings into cute stuffed animals.  They learned two different stitching techniques and then sewed themselves cute little monsters to hug! 

Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree

tempera paint

Celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday, the first grade students painted these colorful Truffle trees using various painting techniques such as dabbing with paper towels and fan brushing to create the fuzzy texture.