Sunday, November 2, 2014

PTA Fundraiser: Original Works

Come Get Your Owls!
Come Get Your Hot Air Balloons!

It's that time of year again for Mill Brook's 3rd Annual PTA fundraiser sponsored by Original Works. Original Works is a company that takes children's artwork and reproduces it on to items that can be purchased by parents such as mugs, phone cases, or even bags. To check out Original Works you can go to:  

This year for the fundraiser 1st grade students (similar to last year) learned how to draw the Mill Brook Owl and created these beautiful owl drawings below. However, this year for materials, students used crayons for their owls and painted in their colorful sky backgrounds. 






This year, 2nd grade students created new and different hot air balloon drawings. Students examined how to break down the shapes in a hot air balloon and thought about the patterns they would draw. 2nd grade students also used crayons to color in their balloons, however there was a challenge for the colors that could be used. Previously students had been learning about different ways to group color and specifically complementary colors. So, the challenge for students was to color their hot air balloons using two complementary colors (i.e. orange and blue or green and red). After using crayons 2nd grade students also applied colorful watercolors to the background. 






Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our Version of Kandinsky's Cirlces

A Study of 
Primary and Secondary Colors

After exploring color mixing, students at Mill Brook School then learned about two important ways to group colors: Primary and Secondary colors. During our color mixing, students found that there are three colors you can't mix yellow, red, and blue. These colors are called primary colors and when they are mixed together they create purple, green and orange which are know as secondary colors.

To help second graders better understand this concept, we looked a Wassily Kandinsky's concentric circle painting. Students observed the colors he used in his painting. 


(Images above from left to right: Squares with Concentric Rings and Portrait of Wassily Kandinsky)

Then students created their own inspired painting from his work. First, we folded the paper into eight sections. Then we started making oil pastel circles using only secondary colors.

Then we filled in our white spaces in each section using only primary colors with tempera cakes. 

Here are our beautifully finished rainbow colored circles!