Sunday, January 29, 2012

Computer Copycats

In Computer lab, K4 through 1st grade have been working hard to master basic mouse skills. This week they followed oral directions to draw a cat, rocket and sailboat. They used a dropdown menu to change paint colors, varied the size/shape of their drawing tools, and used their imaginations along the way!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fantastic Flowers......Georgia O'Keefe Style!

The beautiful artwork of Georgia O'Keefe provided the perfect inspiration for our Third through Sixth graders' watercolored flowers. Check out some of their work below!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Shake, Rattle, and Roll.....Painting like Jackson Pollock

Tempera + Marbles + Cardboard Boxes = Painting Fun!

Jackson Pollock's drip paintings emit a sense of energy, motion, and controlled chaos ...EXACTLY what you would have seen if you'd joined the 4K classes in the art room this week! The children rolled marbles in tempera paint, then put several marbles into a shallow cardboard box along with art paper. We put a top on the box so the children could shake, rattle, and roll the paint covered marbles to their hearts content. I wish you could have heard the "oohs" and "wows" as they opened the boxes to unveil their masterpieces!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Testing, Testing, 1,2,3 ....Take Two!

The Computer Lab has seen a flurry of activity since we've begun the new semester! Grades 1 - 6 have been taking their mid-year Star Math tests to monitor their progress. We will test one last time near the end of school. First semester the K4 and K5 students spent a lot of their computer time freely exploring computer/mouse basics by using Kidpix. This semester they are practicing those basic manipulative skills thru more teacher directed Kidpix lessons. This week they thought they were learning to draw a car.....they were really practicing using a drop down menu to change font color, listening to and following sequential oral directions, and reviewing the names of geometric shapes. Watch out, Detroit, PDS has some awesome car designers in the making!