Archive for October, 2008

PAUL KLEE – Art & Music


Grade 3 – Mrs. Peterson

Volunteers – Jill Goldstein

Project Synopsis: 

We created a set of paintings that were inspired by Paul Klee’s art and his love of music.  We listened to Telemann’s Suite from “La Bizarre” and Gato Barbieri’s jazz saxaphone while working on the paintings. 

We discussed how music can influence the type of mark that is made on the page as well as the colors that an artist may choose to work with.  We also talked about making art that does not mimic what a camera can produce, but creating a new world for the audience. 

Art Vocabulary Words:
Line, Wash, Mark, Color Field, Pattern, Movement, Texture

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Grade 2 – Mr. Arensdorff

Volunteers – Gina Lee Robbins, Jill Christie

Project Synopsis: 

Students are shown works of American art that depict election and voting issues.  The children worked to create a picture of an outdoor gathering of people.

 Supplies Needed:

·       Watercolor paper

·       Black or dark colored Sharpie markers

·       water-soluble crayons and/or pastels

·       Colored chalk or oil pastels

·       Pencils and erasers

·       Paper cups (to fill with water)

·       Small brushes


1.     Distribute paper and have children use their pencils to draw a picture of an outdoor gathering.  Have them include space for the sky and landscape, which will later be colored to reflect the mood.

Some examples:  a parade, a recess scene (kickball game, playground), an outdoor sporting event, the farmer’s market, a community rally, etc.

2.     Have the children outline their drawing with dark (non-washable) marker.  Remind them that they will add color next and to think about the mood or feeling of their drawing.  Is it a happy, joyful scene?  Is there tension, disappointment or worry?  How can color reflect those feelings?

3.     Distribute watercolor crayons and have the children add color to their drawing.  Have them think about how their drawing makes them feel.  What colors would they choose to represent those feelings?  Distribute brushes and small cups of water. 

4.     Have the children add water to their picture to intensify and blend the color. Remind them that just a little water goes a long way, and to be careful where they have colored small details. 

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As those of you who came to the new volunteer meeting know, the Mann library now is home to some VERY LARGE prints and teaching material for several masterpieces of American Art called “Picturing America.”

This work is from an initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities and our library and our students are lucky to have these works.  Each of these large prints (which include photographs, sculptures, paintings & more) may be checked out of the Mann library in advance of your presentation.


Making the experience even richer is a teaching guide that is also available.  The resource book may be viewed online as well, HERE.

The work is so diverse, each painting/photo/building chosen not just as a work of art, but as a captured moment in history.


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Recommended Reference Book

Discovering Great Artists – Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters


This book is a thorough overview of artists from the Renaissance to modern day.  One volunteer has used this book or a Dali project, and another has used it for Picasso.  Projects are listed by artist, but ability level is considered as well.  Supply lists and prep time are included.

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