Niles-Maine District Library

This Month in the Wonder Ground: Art is Smart!

This month in the Wonder Ground we are exploring why and how people create art. Art comes in many forms and is made for many different purposes. This November and December, we want to explore a variety of different art forms. Through discussions  we are going to explore some fundamental concepts about the artistic process. And through activities, we will discover that even when two art forms seem completely different, they share many of the same basic concepts or elements. In the art world “elements” are the building blocks that artists use to create a work of art: line, shape, forms, space,  color, and texture.

Big Idea: One of the ways artists communicate is with lines.

Activity 1: We rolled out a large sheet of paper on the Wonder Ground table. In the center of the paper I wrote a list of different types of lines: straight, curved, wavy, scalloped, zigzagged, broken, dotted, and spiral. Each child picked a crayon, and doodled along as we defined each line. We discussed what we think of when we see the various lines in picture books and other media. We also had some famous paintings on hand so that we could see how great masters Joan Miró, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso used lines to create their weird, wonderful masterpieces.

lines

Lines, lines, and more lines

Activity 2: Each kid had a chance to make their own line-based collage. As they cut, colored, glued, and traced I asked them to tell me which lines they were using, and how they planned to bring these elements together to create a complete picture or infographic. Here are some of the results:

Ajay

Ajay

Saran

Saran

Derek

Derek

Bella

Bella

Sophie

Sophie

Drake

Drake

Victoria

Victoria

Liliana

Liliana

Khloe

Khloe

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