Friday, December 4, 2015

Crayon Artwork at the High School!

3rd & 4th graders started this month with a colorful performance of the book "Day the Crayons Quit" for their music concert. So to celebrate, their crayon self-portraits will be hanging in the display cases at the high school right outside of the performing arts auditorium through the month of December!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Celebrating November: Picture Book Month

All through the month of November, students are creating artwork based around popular children's stories to celebrate Picture Book Month. We are using each illustration style or story theme to incorporate the Elements of Art into our vocabulary. Below are just a few examples of our completed projects.

Kindergarten Cool Color Fish based on the story "The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister
1st Grade Scheming Squirrels based on the book "Those Darn Squirrels" by Adam Rubin
DK Fall Warm Color Leaves based on "Leaves" by David Ezra Stein

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bottle Cap Mural!

North Oakview Bottle Cap Mural Project 2015

The Topic: Students at North Oakview learned about a variety of contemporary artists who use the theme of the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle) in their artwork.
Idea Generation: We learned about a Michigan native named Tyree Guyton who made over his neighborhood in the inner city of Detroit using "trash" to make beautiful Art.
We also studied the artist Michelle Stitzlein who gives trash a second life. She typically uses the butterfly as a symbol in her Art to represent that metamorphosis and harmony between material and Art.
Explore & Develop:
Artists were challenged to come up with design ideas that visually represented our school and what we stand for. Over 400 sketches were collected from students and a common "Dot Day" theme was represented. Many students also chose to use Kandinsky's (a previously studied artist) Concentric Circles for inspiration.

Refine: One Design
From these sketches a final sketch was created that tied many common ideas into one. We left our design very abstract so that the viewer could focus on the shapes and colors.
2nd grade worked with Mrs. Haugen to pick and finalize our color choices. They then painted the cardboard so that on field day other student would know where to put each bottle cap color.
Final Piece: The end product was completed on field day 2015 by 1st-4th grade artists. 4th & 3rd graders arranged and glued the caps into place during the first half of the day. Then 1st & 2nd graders added mini-masterpieces in the insides of the caps for extra detail. This project is an excellent display of our collaborative team work, creative problem solving, and the "can-do" attitudes of students here at North!

Monday, March 2, 2015

MAEA Honorable Mentions Show

4 students from North made it into the MAEA Honorable Mentions Show! These students will have their art on display at the HS next to the Performing Arts Center and will also be featured at the Festival of the Arts Youth Show in June at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Congratulations to Collin (KP), Murphy (2W), Xylia (2W), Emily (4B)!

Friday, February 27, 2015

More Light Drawing

3rd Graders in Mrs. Gillean's class took a collaborative effort at light drawing like Picasso. They were challenged to work together in their table group to come up with a 4 person drawing design. The results turned out so cool!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Artist of the Week from North!

Congratulations! Olivia18327 from North Oakview Elementary has been selected as Artsonia's PreK-3rd "ARTIST OF THE WEEK!" for February 22, 2015 - February 28, 2015.  During the contest, Olivia18327 received 982 votes from website visitors!  Be sure to check the Artsonia homepage at where you will see Olivia18327's artwork featured for the next few days.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Light Drawing!

Mr. H's EI experimented with light drawing in our Art class yesterday. We used the iPad app called Slow Shutter to capture the movement of the students drawing in the air with glow sticks. They have been studying Kandinsky and how he would see colors, lines, and shapes while listening to music. We all listened to several different kinds of music and tried to interpret what it might look like with our movements. What a fun new way to create Art!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ming Dynasty Chinese Vases with Cherry Blossoms

The second graders have been studying China as part of our school-wide "Art Around the World" unit. They are so excited to finally be finished with their beautiful vases to display before the Chinese New Year. They are bringing a much needed sense of spring to our North Oakview hallways!

Art Inspired by ArtPrize 2014 Winner!

“Intersections,” by Anila Quayyum Agha

This post is long overdue but as I sat in my room this morning with the lights dimmed, I couldn't help but admire the students beautiful designs illuminated on the walls. We created these 3-D cube designs after our trip to the Grand Rapids Art Museum to visit ArtPrize. Students viewed “Intersections,” by Anila Quayyum Agha and then created their own inspired Art. A wonderful display on a cold winters day. =)