The Arts: Kinds of Art

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Week seventeen of school we did unit 10. Our arts topic was kinds of art.

We did some mixed media art (Adrian’s qualifies because the N is colored pencil and the O is crayon).

We watched YouTube videos of different kinds of sculptures.

They designed candy bar wrappers.

They designed their dream vehicles (flying car for Adrian, teleporter for Fritz).

They did a bit of collaborative art.

The Arts: Abstract Art

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Week sixteen of school we did unit 9. Our arts topic was abstract art.

We made some Kandinsky-style art using concentric circles.

We learned about Picasso.

We made some art in the style of Picasso’s Cubism.

We made art to music, drawing whatever we felt like the music was telling us to draw.

Abstract Music Art

We did scratch art.

And we made pieces of abstract art however we wanted to make it.

The Arts: Expressionism

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks fourteen and fifteen of school we did unit 8. Our arts topic was expressionism.

We looked at and discussed a whole bunch of paintings by expressionist artists.

We made pictures of the sound of things.

We rolled dice to determine how we should create a piece of art in the style of Kandinsky.

We looked at and discussed a whole bunch more paintings by expressionist artists.

We learned about Dada.

And made a Dada-esque compilation of some toys.

We learned about the Treachery of Images and drew things that were not.

The Arts: Post-Impressionism

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks twelve and thirteen of school we did unit 7. Our arts topic was post-impressionism.

We played with geometric shapes and colors.

We looked at the Starry Night on the boys’ wall and drew the shapes we saw in it.

We made teeny tiny paintings.

We drew pictures using oil pastels.

We drew pictures of animals popping out of the jungle.

We learned about pointillism and made hot air balloon pictures.

We learned about Rodin and made a sculpture out of aluminum foil.

The Arts: Impressionism 1

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks nine and ten of school we did unit 5. Our arts topic was Impressionism.

We compared a Vermeer to a Monet to introduce how impressionists painted. (We all preferred the Vermeer.)

we discussed the painting that gave rise to the name Impressionism.

We went outside and did some painting ein plein air.

We learned how to paint in the impressionist style (clearly Fritz did not feel the need to paint his orc that way).

We played with different brush strokes and mixing colors.

We learned about pointillism.

The Arts: Romantic Art II

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks seven and eight of school we did unit 4. Our arts topic was romantic art II.

We read the original version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and acted it out.

We discussed several poems from that era.

We learned about Robert Louis Stevenson.

And Charles Dickens.

We illustrated Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

We learned about Williams Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and John Keats.

And about Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.

We listened to Beethoven’s Fifth and identified different parts of the music and watched a biography on Ludwig von Beethoven.

We watched two videos of songs by Frederic Chopin.