First grade students explored a little about Claude Monet this week and his role in the Impressionism movement. My students are investigating print making this month so I attempted a new twist on an old idea for them. You've all probably seen this project all over Pinterest. I don't know who the originator was but it is a terrific project for mono-printing with mixed media. It's terrific because the kids honestly are wowed by it as if it were magic. So with this project in mind, I do it with 2nd grade, I began to experiment for a Monet project that would give similar results with different mediums. I like the idea of focusing on Monet's Japanese garden and that very famous bridge that he has painted so many times. I also wanted to make students conscience of the impressionist style of Monet and not have them rely on just coloring in the picture. I pulled out the Payons, my 1st graders were using these for the first time so it would be a huge treat. I modeled the way they should used them as if they were painting with shot strokes of a brush. They were to be very mindful of using strokes of color and also the intentional direction of the stokes to create the effect we were hoping for of flowing water and growing plants.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
|Instructional poster for reference|
|Student works from 2017|
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
The focus of this lesson was to demonstrate an understanding of the illusion of space in an art composition. First grade students enjoyed creating the crayon/watercolor resist and salt technique to create the background. I have done a similar project with my students for years. However, we added a new twist to the project in the way we created the trees this year. Students first colored a coffee filter using markers in an analogous color family. The filters were spritzed with water and laid aside to dry. Once everything was dry and the extra salt had been wiped away from the watercolor background, the coffee filter was cut into a variety of sizes of triangles. These would become the trees in the winter wonderland. Students review the important methods for visually creating the illusion of space and attempted to include as many as possible in their composition. These examples demonstrate size, placement, linear perspective and overlap. Final touches were added to the trees using a drawing marker.
|Hall bulletin board to explain to experience to those not involved at school|
|A little close-up view|
I posted this bulletin board in the hallway with photo copies of some of the cards we received. The card wraps were posted with links to the states they came from. This way non-participants were exposed to the experience and were able to read about the schools we received cards from.
|Let me see your card, too!|
|Want to trade?|
|This was great...I love the art I received!|
|Here is the worksheet we used to evaluate the cards. In the center, students attempted to recreate their card. The lower right circle was to contain three things students liked about the card or the experience of participating in the trade.|
Most of all we can't wait to join in the trade again next year. Thanks again Nicol Hahn!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
This was a Kindergarten directed draw with a focus on how shapes combine to make forms and identifiable objects as well as patterning with shapes and colors.