Musings about the importance and impact of art and art education in the 21st century.
Friday, February 28, 2014
I began this unit what feels like eons ago. Between February break and the 4 snow days and 1 delayed opening we've had this project seems endless. Although still in-progress, I thought I'd share some examples of what my first graders have been doing. The unit is breaking down like this:
Day 1- View a Calder stabile, discuss sculpture and balance in art and let the students "explore" the wood pieces to create balance in a sculpture.
Day 2- View a Calder stabile and discuss, review balance and show the children how to use wood glue and brushes to glue their sculpture onto a 6x9" cardboard base.
Day 3- View a Calder stabile, discuss, and demo how to change colors when painting so as not to mix the primary colors. Encourage the kids to paint the WHOLE sculpture and to be detectives so as not to forget/skip any unpainted wood spaces.
Day 4-View a Calder painting and compare it to a Calder sculpture. Demo how to draw from observation and give students a 14x16" piece of white paper and a pencil. Show them how to draw their sculpture TO FILL THE PAPER and when done drawing, trace over with black paint
Day 5- Demo how to hold the brush, switch colors (review it) and have the kids paint their drawings from observing their sculptures.
Day 6- Unifinished/absent students finish up. Read the book "Sandy's Circus"
So, as you can see from the pictures, we're not up to the painting portion of the unit just yet, as soon as we get there I'll post some more images.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
These color wheels are about 17". I was really worried the kids would have a hard time repeating their designs but they did a pretty great job with it. Each student got a paper triangle and a matching carbon paper triangle. I showed them how to take an 18" paper and fold it horizontally and vertically to find the center. After that I showed them how to start tracing their paper triangle by centering the point on the center crease and rotating. To create the design they need to draw 3 large simple shapes and 2-3 lines from edge to edge (no floating lines). They then used the carbon paper to trace the design. To color the "wheel" we discussed value and they used crayons and watercolor paints filling in their designs with light, medium, and dark values of the colors. Here are a few finished examples:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
These darling penguins were taught by the other art teacher in our school. She used step by step guided instruction to teach the kiddies how to draw and cut the shapes that make up the penguins. To help add personality she gave them scrapbook paper to add embellishments. Lastly, she had the kids used cardboard and caps to print on some snowflakes and designs. Too cute!
Monday, February 17, 2014
When a fifth grade teacher in my building asked me to do a lesson on westward expansion I was a bit stumped as to what to do....I'm not that familiar with the unit and what exactly the students learn. The teachers in my building are so strapped for time that unless we plan to do something collaboratively months in advance, I usually get what I call the "hit and run" which is basically when a teacher pops into my room and asks me either to teach a project on a specific topic or if I know of any lessons they could do on a specific topic in their classroom. For instance, "hey, I was thinking of doing a lesson on Abe Lincoln, can you think of any projects you could do with the kids on it?" Now don't get me wrong, I don't mind coming up with topics and projects, I like the challenge, I'm always happy to help, and I'm always glad that other teachers see me as a resource for them, but it takes time to come up with resources and it's frustrating to "collaborate" on a topic when I have no idea what the classroom teachers are doing in their classrooms related to it. Does this happen to you in your art room??
Nonetheless, I usually can rise to the occasion and this is just such an instance. After the request, I though of a lesson I saw on the blog Cassie Stephens that she had done with viking ships and thought it might be a good jumping off point for my wagons. So thank you Cassie for providing me with some inspiration!
On the first day of the project I had the students sponge paint the top half of a 12x18" piece of blue construction paper and then had them dry brush and stipple paint two strips of 9 x 18" green papers, one light, one dark. (FYI this is a crazy period in the art room!) The second day I had the students paint a 12x18" piece of brown paper in two ways, To begin, they folded 1/3 of the paper to create a large shape and a small shape and then painted it using brown, white, and beige paints with a brushes and paint scrapers. The larger part was painted a different shade than the smaller part which would act as highlights for the wagon body later on during its assembly. On the fourth day, students assembled their wagons, complete with hitch, buckets/barrels, and wagon wheels with spokes and axles. To give the wagon cover an aged look the students used a 9x12" piece of white paper torn on three sides glued down and then painted over with coffee water. The wagon top pops out but after spending a week in the class folders, they got a bit squished (oops)...
On the whole the lesson is a hectic one, with all the cutting, gluing, painting and such but I think it's worth it.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
These are some of the macchia my second graders had done using Blick brand tempera paint and Modge Podge. You can see the original post HeRe.
My kiln is still broke :( so I ended up finishing this last class just using regular paint instead of glaze. I like the glaze better because even with the Modge Podge, it just doesn't get as glossy. I'll leave the final verdict up to you.
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