Friday, April 17, 2015

Ink and Colored Pencil Still Life

Students drew from direct observation to create this lesson.  They chose an interesting position and sketched the still life in pencil first.  Then students chose certain sections to add color too and lightly traced circles (they could use two different sizes)  to contain the area, being aware of keeping balance in their compositions.  Before adding color students completed value scales in order to understand how to create value using tone, shade, and tint to prismacolors.  Students then used sharpies to draw the contour lines of their still life drawings. 

Here is the inspiration from this project

Friday, April 10, 2015

Kaleidoscope Lettering Design

For 7th and 8th grade students we started off the new semester with a lesson incorporating our names into a design.  We started the lesson discussing the Elements of Art and Principles of Designs that can be found in the examples provided. 

Then we discussed Op Artists Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley and familiarized ourselves with their works of art.  Students then took a triangle of paper and created block letters of their names and traced it onto their papers flipping and rotating as they went in order to create a radial design. 

Students could use solid colors to complete their pieces or use patterns. The results are outstanding!

Here is a link to the lesson

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Radial Name Designs

For the second semester of art we started with names.  Students created an Op Art piece incorporating their name drawn in a radial design.  Students could use solid colors or create patterns in their design.  I also familiarized students with the work of Op Artists Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely and reviewed what Elements of Art and Principles of Designs can be found in each example.

Here is a link to the lesson

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Paper Mache Animal Trophies

I kept seeing these awesome animal trophies all over the internet and thought it would be a great lesson for my 6th graders to do.  First we drew a few sketches of the animals we wanted to do and how our wall mounts would look.  Then we molded newspapers with masking tape into the shapes we wanted.  We painted two layers of gesso over our shapes in order to cover the newsprint.  When that dried we put two layers of paper mache over the shapes.  Then we painted our animals and hot glued them on our painted cardboard mounts.

I found this awesome lesson plan after I had written mine, figures.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Value Still Life

In this project students drew a still life composition showing value from direct observation.  First students created a gray scale and we discussed how to use all of the variations of the scale to create a real to life drawing.  Then I set up a still life in the middle of the room and had students pick a place to sit and draw.  The results were fabulous!