Tag Archives: Shape

Louise Nevelson – sculptor: Art with found objects

25 Feb

The lesson’s focus was on assemblage art with found objects and cast-off materials. We looked at the work of Louise Nevelson, an American sculptor (emigrated from Russia when she was three years old) known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures.


The students focused on making something out of what would generally be considered nothing — taking what most people view as useless and arranging it in an artistic manner, elevating it from junk to art. Nevelson’s art appears puzzle-like — we encouraged the students to discover ways to layer the objects, create patterns and incorporate a variety of textures to create a unique composition.


Each piece was spray painted a monochromatic black or white (the students chose which color).


All the materials were donated from students. The kids had a great time going through the boxes and bags of materials to make choices for their pieces.


Room 3, Kinder, Ms. Lepse
Docent: Heather Allen and Gala Bent
Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: composition and shape



25 Feb

This was an art project that also had a lot to do with science. We planned to make sunprints, and lucky for us, there was **SUN** !


By the way, we did have a backup Seattle plan; sunprints can be made in cloudy weather, they just take much longer! We talked about these experiments as photographs–a word which means, literally: writing with light. We’ll be studying more about photography later this year, and will remind students about their experience with a light-sensitive surface.


We are planning to construct a quilt-like grid of the final pieces, so that it looks like a starry sky. The project was inspired, in part, by the work of artist Danielle Rante.



Room 3, Kinder, Ms. Lepse
Docent: Heather Allen and Gala Bent
Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: Color, form and pattern


16 Jan

Room 4 Lesson on Mondrian – December, 2012

broadway boogie mondrian Room 4

Docent: Matt Schonwald-MBA

Mondrian Shapes and Colors

16 Jan

Room 2 – Using Shapes and Colors in the style of Mondrian

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Preparation: We pre-cut yellow, red and blue rectangles of various sizes, and 1 x 18 or 12 inch strips of black. The project was done on 12 x 18 white paper.

Lesson: We looked at Mondrian’s self-portrait and a photo of him when he was much older. We looked at an early representational painting, a painting from his cubism phase, and a geometic, basic colored abstract and explained how he believed in using only the basic essences of things in his work. Art, then, does not need to look like a real thing. Cathy showed a nature photograph, then how she made an abstract from it using the elements of blue sky, yellow sun, flower stems and red flowers.

We distributed the white paper and sets of the black strips and colored rectangles. We asked the students to start by gluing some black strips on the horizontal and vertical of the picture, then glue or cut and glue a few colored rectangles to complete the picture. When they gave their pictures to Ms. Beckley she asked them what was in their picture.
Lesson Title: Using Shapes and Colors in the style of Mondrian
Room#, Grade, Teacher: Rm 2, Kindergarten, Ms Beckley
Docent/s: Eileen Berlin and Cathy Clark

November, 2012 lesson

Email: catherinejclark@comcast.net
Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: lines and rectangles, basic colors

Creating a Character – Tim Burton

21 Oct


1. We looked at several Tim Burton Sketches (from his concept sketches to realization both in animation & live-action)

2. We did a demonstration of building a simple 2-D character out of paper (using markers, simple templates & brads)

3. The students designed and built their own moveable character!


1. To understand the MOTIFs an artist might typically employ in his/her work (for example, with Tim Burton we noticed: STRIPES, SPIKY lines, BIG ROUND eyes, Round or HEART shaped faces, STITCH lines, etc…)

2. To use those motifs while creating our own character that embodied particular values &/or story (for example, with Tim Burton we talked about characters with VULNERABILITY, a sense of WHIMSY, who are maybe a little bit CREEPY, but BIG HEARTED)

3. To begin to understand how we can turn 2-D characters into moveable creations.  To do this, we had the students add brads to make their characters moveable (which will be important as we move into the 3-D of clay).


1. We had a set of very rough Tim-Burton-ish parameters for the students to follow, but they were free to be as creative as possible!

2. We talked about how the simple lines of an eyebrow can convey emotion (ie: sad lines point up from the nose, angry lines point down towards the nose…some kids had great fun trying to figure out “wicked” eyebrows, “happy” eyebrows, “surprised” eyebrows…)

3. All images shown were related to Tim Burton’s G and PG work only. We talked about James & The Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas & Alice in Wonderland


Room 8, 4th grade, Mr. Kreiter

Docent: Kira Franz-Knight

Line and Shapes used to Draw a Complex World

21 Oct

We studied the types of line and shape that artists use to draw a complex world– looking at simple families of shapes and lines, and practicing them on a sheet that will come home in their folders today.

A Victor Vasarely piece showed us how some art is made of simple shapes that we can name (square, rhombus, rectangle, etc.). A Picasso drawing showed us how some of our line families (straight, curved, angled) can help us draw a face. A Jacob Lawrence piece showed us that we can make a detailed scene out of many types of shapes. (examples of these artists’ work are attached)

Then Room 3 kids shaped two pieces of paper to become heads and shoulders, and used line to draw all the features and embellishments. The variety and imagination was awesome!

Room 3, Kinder, Ms. Lepse

Docent: Gala Bent and Heather Allen

Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: line & shape

Installation Art

21 Sep

Installation Art


A Collaboration by B4
– working together to achieve a goal, or in this case, a work of art.

In this lesson, we used a needle and thread (sewing) as our main tool. Kids sewed parts of their GUTS then stuffed them with poly fiber and felt pieces of food.
Room#, Grade, Teacher: B4, Mrs. Vaagsland
Docent/s: Debi Boyette
Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: Texture/Form/Shape/Proportion