My name is Gina James Pritchard, and I go by Mrs. J-P in the art room.
My goals have been to bring in topics and areas of study that interest the kids cross culturally and interdisciplinary, as well as to continue teaching the elements of art.
Throughout the year in Kindergarten, we work on basic skills like drawing, cutting, glueing, and other skills.
In first grade, we work on drawing skills a lot this year, we also worked on learning about watercolors, experimented with tempera, and did a lot of projects involving creativity and imagination.
In second grade, we work on learning about details and patterns, we also did a few cross cultural projects involving African masks, Australian Aboriginal dot paintings, and more. We experiment with chalk pastels. We also do splatter painting and paper weaving.
In third grade, we learn about many different cultural traditions and make projects based on our learning of Native American Artwork, Chilean Arpilleras, Chinese New Year myths, Mandalas, Aztec Radial designs, the Batik wax resist technique, and much more! We also develop our skills with painting, drawing, cutting, glueing, and begin weaving with yarn.
In fourth grade we learn about Vincent Van Gogh and experiment with techniques popularized by the impressionists, make our own illustrated books and learn about the career of an illustrator, learn about architecture and make our own 3d model homes, do a printmaking project of a Victorian home, do some patterned zentangles, and a circle weaving.
In fifth grade, we start the year learning about the surrealism art movement and use our drawing skills, we also learn new skills by doing a sewing and felt project based on the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos, we do jungle landscapes based on the work of Henri Rousseau and work on our ability to show space through overlapping, a place based project where we bring in more elements of creating realistic drawings and learn about a place in the world that interests each student, and we do a yarn weaving project.