As the year comes to close we are finishing up many projects in the art room. Fifth graders worked long and hard on a cityscape unit. They began by carefully drawing their cities with rulers and templates. They focus on geometric shapes and made sure there were no free-hand lines. Then they traced the image onto a new piece of paper and turned this copy into a painting using tempera paint. Their paintings were required to be monochromatic using many shades and tints of only one color.
At the same time 6th grade students looked at the work of modern artist Georgia O’Keefe. O’Keefe was famous for zooming in on and abstracting natural objects like bones or flowers. FMS students looked at photos of flowers and focused their painting on a small section within the photo. They used watercolor paint and worked hard to keep the paintings light and loose, using lots of water to move the color around the paper.