Saturday, March 17, 2018
So began a Kindergarten lesson on Pop Art, no it's not like popping a balloon, and an introduction to Andy Warhol.
Students followed a directed draw to create this sweet little composition featuring a cat in a wig and sometimes with a smaller Sam (kitten) in the background. Students were encouraged to practice skill and creative embellishment in their work. Choices in color for the cats were left up to the student's discretion. Here are a few of the finished projects, definitely worth sharing!!!
|"Alphabet" by Jasper Johns was the piece used for inspiration.|
At a recent professional day experience, our group shared ideas for printmaking. One of my colleagues shared a variation of this project. She had planned the project as a color mixing experience for Kinders. With a twist, I introduced it to 5th grade students who totally enjoyed the color review and the opportunity to add individualized touches to their work.
Week one student were given tempera colors in the primaries and instructed to paint all the colors of the color wheel. They were further told they could not mix colors on their pallets but instead had to mix right on the painting surface. There were not specific instructions as to how the finished work should appear, only that it should be non-representational.
Week two students used tempera in the fluorescent primary colors to mix secondary colors and print using bubble wrap. They did the mixing right on the bubble wrap. Very messy, but they all seems to really enjoy the bubble mixing process. (Paint one primary on each end of a strip of bubble, fold and rub the two ends together to mix.) At this step, they reviewed show colors "work" off one another and were reminded that complementary colors seem to "pop" when used together. Personal choices were made as to where to place the different color prints. As they completed this step, drawing paper was used along with any left over paint to practice painting letters and numbers using a flat paint brush.
Week three began with additional practice with the paint brush if students felt it would be beneficial. They moved on to adding letters and numbers to their paintings. I was delighted with the variety and the enthusiasm as students moved through this project.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Art of Education and immediately implemented it for this one time a week space in my schedule. Here is the link to the article on Art of Education. Now students are given the opportunity to explore careers that are supported by the Arts. My students love the freedom to explore on their own and it's a great way to not disrupt my curriculum and instead to enhance it.
Most classes have only visited one time so far this school year and at
most I will probably see them only twice. Each time they come, it is fresh and new as they experience a new station. I have set up six stations. I initially was afraid too many students might be drawn to the iPad station or the Architect station but have found they are eager to experience them all. I am evolving with this as well as I think of new ways to build the stations through supplemental materials. For instance, I just purchased a Sphero ball to attempt so coding and drawing. I also have one of those cute little trucks that follows a drawn line. I should mention that I only use the stations for 1st-5th grades, for Kinders I pull out some manipulations for a bit of Reggio play. You can see post about my use in the classroom in previous post on my blog like here and here.
Take a look at the AOE article and explore how you might implement these stations into your art room as well.
Monday, February 19, 2018
I'm developing a love for bleeding tissue paper this year. Seems like each year I get stuck on some medium and explore it unreasonably. This year it seems to be becoming project with that tissue paper. Here is the latest, done quite successfully with first grade students. They drew with a black crayon and then watercolor for the background and the little chameleon was glued on top. This was a two week lesson. I was really please with the results. We also paired this with some factual information about Chameleons found in the book.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
|A Shapescapes Stabile|
|Another Shapescapes creation|
|Building stabiles with Legos|
|More Lego stabiles|
|Tossed out from a Math program|
Good for building in the Art Room!
|A find in the bargain bin at Target|
One child's building ideas
|Same material as about right but a different idea on how to build.|
Sharing some watercolor painting done by 4th and 5th grade Art Club members over the past two weeks. Working toward understanding transparency with watercolors to achieve varying hues from a singular color, watercolor wash, and managing brush use in a more professional way. They used a tracer to place their bird but the rest of the composition is free hand. I'm proud of these kids, they worked really hard!