Thursday, April 3, 2014

Op Art Shapes and Patterns (4th grade)

In this lesson students learned about Op Art and reviewed the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely, and Bridget Riley.  We also talked about the Elements of art, and the difference between geometric and organic shapes.
Students began by picking either an organic or geometric shape and drawing that in the middle of their paper.  They then used rulers to draw their vertical and geometric shapes across their paper.  They then drew over their pencil lines with black marker and colored their papers using a checkered board pattern.
This was a very time consuming lesson, but as you can see from the results, they turned out fantastic!  Good job 4th grade.










Thursday, March 27, 2014

Torn Paper Zebras (Kindergarten)

In this lesson kindergartners learned about zebras and about mammals.  They also learned about the elements of art, line and how to make collages.

After the presentation on zebras, elements of art, and how to make collages I showed the students how to draw a zebra.  Then we traced our zebras with black oil pastels.

Students then hand tore small strips of black construction paper and glued them on their zebras.  They then cut the zebras out and glued them onto blue construction paper.

Cutest zebras, ever.









Thursday, March 20, 2014

Group Portraits (4th & 5th grade)

For the first week of school I had students work as a group creating a portrait of a person.  One person would draw the head and shoulders, one the eyes, one the hair, nose, mouth...you get the picture.  Everyone took turns creating their people.  I guided them a teeny tiny bit on facial proportions, otherwise they did it all on their own. 










Thursday, March 13, 2014

Clay Owls (4th Grade)

These are some clay owls that we did last year.  I've been playing catch up on my blogs and felt I should include these guys.  I had been seeing them on Pinterest and had already tried making them with Model Magic.  Since I had finally figured out how to run my kiln without burning the whole school down I thought I'd give real clay owls a try.

Since I only see my students once a week I had to make things quick.  I began by showing them quick videos on how to make the owls and how slip, and scoring works.

The next class I passed out clay and had them make their owls, also being sure to add texture with toothpicks and clay tools.  MAKE SURE THEY WRITE THEIR INITIALS ON THE BACK, or you'll never be able to figure out who's owl is who's...get it, owls...Knock Knock?  Whose there?  Owls.  Owls who?  HAHAHAHAhahahahaha!

Then the owls were fired.

Next students colored their owls with oil pastels and then painted over with black tempera paint and wiped dry.

Turned out so cool!!





Thursday, March 6, 2014

P. S. Aeropostale T-Shirt Design Contest (1st Grade)

Every year I have students work on a T-Shirt design for P.S. Aeropostale.  Students can win $5,000 for their school, $500 for themselves to spend at PS Aeropostale, their design made into shirts and much more.

Here are some of the 1st grade designs...







Thursday, February 27, 2014

P. S. Aeropostale T-Shirt Design Contest (2nd Grade)

Every year I have students work on a T-Shirt design for P.S. Aeropostale.  Students can win $5,000 for their school, $500 for themselves to spend at PS Aeropostale, their design made into shirts and much more.

Here are some of the 2nd grade designs...