Apr 22, 2010

Styrofoam Mosaic: Peanut Tree

Our Recycled Art
By Julia, 5th grade
In the art room we collected styrofoam packaging peanuts to be used for an Earth Day project. We decided to create a mosaic of a tree using peanuts as our “tiles”.

A bunch of kids helped out to mix tempera paint and create lots of colors to brush on the peanuts.

After decorating all the peanuts in different colors we used Elmer’s glue and spread it all over the also-recycled cardboard.

Following the sketch lines we created the giant tree to symbolize recycling and saving trees for Earth day.

Here's another artist who makes mosaics with post-it notes and uses stop-motion animation:

Apr 18, 2010

Words Paint Pictures in our Minds

The 5th grade read the book Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt. This book had lots of descriptive language which made us paint pictures in our mind. So, in art class, we chose a line from the book and made a picture about the line using all different materials. We got to choose our materials and if we wanted, some people wrote the line they chose from the book in their picture. Now, we had a chance to actually create on paper what we pictured in our minds.
~ Sophie, 5th grade

Apr 13, 2010

Have You Seen Plasticine?

How does he do it?





"My process was:

1. I got plasticine and a book.

2. I got the ideas.

3 a.) I positioned the clay.

b.) I took a picture.

4. I repeated step 3 over and over."

Here's another fantastic animation:

Josh recommends visiting http://video.klutz.com/animation/.

Plasticine is a non-drying clay, often used in clay animation. Animator Nick Park used characters modeled in Plasticine in his Oscar-winning short films about Wallace & Gromit.

"We can do things that we never could before. Stop-motion lets you build tiny little worlds, and computers make that world even more believable."
- Nick Park

Apr 6, 2010

Our Doodle Finalists...

Each school may select 6 designs to compete at the state level -- here are our entries representing Purchase:

Joseph H.

Sammy S.

Erin N.

Emma D.

Julia L.

Ryan K.
Google has illustrated the judging process below:
Regional Finalists will be displayed in a gallery on the Google.com website. The U.S. public will then vote for the doodles they believe best capture the theme "If I Could Do Anything, I Would…".
But doodlists everywhere agree, it's not about winning a contest, it's about taking a creative challenge, thinking like an artist.