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January 2019, Taiwan
Rainbow Village all started with a single bird! Amateur artist Grandpa Rainbow, Huang Yung Fu used art skills learned as a child to save his village and changed his life. Students loved working collaboratively to create our own Rainbow Village. They also created oil pastel birds, acrylic paintings, village houses and lots and lots of lanterns! Fourth through seventh graders did some "world traveler," planning their own projects and painted found items in the Rainbow Village style. Everything from shoes, toys and recyclables to guitars and a semi piston now radiate colorful happiness. A highlight for me was watching a student paint, "I love my life." on his bike helmet.Uploaded Mar 24, 2019
Art changes lives. -Mrs. Steers
Playing With Art
Inspired by the coming Lunar New Year of the Pig, my wonderful kids thought up a great idea. All four fabulous first grade classes created scenery and paper puppets for the story The Three Little Pigs. They had a great time playing with their creations and telling and retelling the story. After class, they headed off to French, Mandarin, and Spanish classes to try it out in their target language (Thanks teachers!). It's always fun to double or triple-dip standards. This happens naturally in art. Ask your artist about the big ideas. I love to combine art with math, science, language arts and writing, history, civics, and of course geography. Learning is fun! -Mrs. SteersUploaded Mar 24, 2019
November and December 2018, Germany
Check out the beautiful oil Pastel and watercolor turkeys for Thanksgiving! This time we learned about Germany and the painter Gabrielle Munter and her wintery scenes of Germany. Third grades made a mural of her Cabin in the Woods. Students were inspired by markt lebkuchenherzen (traditional German heart cookies), tannenbaum (Christmas trees), Marzipan Glückschwein (Lucky Pigs), Sankt Nikolaus and the international display was set up in a style reminiscent of a Christmas market or Weihnachtsmärkte. Sixth graders created working cardboard cuckoo clocks!!! Thank you Jerry Silverhart Farmers Insurance for the monthly teacher grant which purchased the clockworks and wooden hearts for the cookies.Uploaded Mar 24, 2019
Happy Holidays to you and yours! Love, Mrs. Steers
Holidays and Celebrations Around the World Door Decorating Contest
Thank You to all the GVA teachers, students, and staff who joined me for the Third Annual Holidays and Celebrations Around the World Door Decorating Contest. Check out all the amazing doors! Our school looks fantastic!!!! I can't wait to join all the winners, including Ms. Alison, at the prize parties where we will create gingerbread Christmas trees inside snow globes!!! Thank you for participating. Art is for everyone! -Mrs. SteersUploaded Mar 24, 2019
Hanukkah Mini-International Day 2018
December 3rd marked the first day of Hanukkah. Together with parents, families, PIC and the specials team, students enjoyed learning about the Festival of Lights. Stories were told and colored. Latkes with applesauce were sampled. Students even received dreidels with chocolate gelt and played dreidel with crayons as gelt! Thank you to the parents who came in to share their treasured traditions. learn more here: https://youtu.be/Sy6AzBmq2pgUploaded Mar 24, 2019
It takes a village.... -Mrs. Steers
Beautiful Oops Day!
Today we read "The Beautiful Oops!" by Barney Saltzberg and were inspired to create something from paper scraps and painted paper mistakes. Mistakes are part of our growth mindset. "It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.Uploaded Mar 23, 2019
An award winning, best-selling, one-of-a-kind interactive book, Beautiful Oops! shows young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. A singular work of imagination, creativity, and paper engineering, Beautiful Oops! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion “telescope”—each demonstrating the magical transformation from blunder to wonder.(Amazon)" Our imaginations ran wild and we felt creative bliss. Great fun was had by all and any worry dolls are now living in style. This is our happy place! -Mrs. Steers
Beautiful Oops Day!
It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! They are an important part of learning and our growth mindset in the Art Studio. Today we read Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg and made fabulous creations from paper scraps and oopsy artwork. This book shows the joy of taking a mistake and turning it into something fabulous. The story Beautiful Oops! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion “telescope”—each demonstrating the magical transformation from blunder to wonder. Its an art room treasure!!! "Creativity takes courage." -Henry MatisseUploaded Mar 23, 2019
Keep on creating!!! -Mrs.Steers
What is Art Club?
In an effort to meet the needs of all GVA students, I will be having a special artUploaded Mar 23, 2019
club as an alternative for those who do not celebrate holidays. Our first art club was be held on
October 31 in the art room during class parties. Please let me know if I have missed someone. Everyone is welcome.
October 2019, Guatemala
This October we studied Guatemalan Art and the giant cubist murals of Carlos Merida. Students listened to the Marimba, the national instrument of Guatemala as we created our multi-media masterpieces including: masks, worry dolls, watercolor and collage cubism pieces, quilled reticulated Quetzals (the national bird or Guatemala), textile arts and embroidery. Our "Art of Guatemala" is on display at the Douglas County Library in Parker through December 9th. Afternoon students did an outstanding job planning and creating their "World Traveler" W.O.W. projects. You are invited to view these wonderful original works on display in the art cases through mid-December. The GVA Art students and I continue to enjoy our monthly grant from Jerry Silverhart Farmer's Insurance. This month club met on October 31st and used alcohol ink to create beautiful floral bowls.“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar DegasUploaded Mar 23, 2019
Keep creating! -Mrs. Steers
- A Day in Kindergarten at GVA Colorado Springs Featured Uploaded Mar 22, 2019