Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fundraiser Lessons - 5th Grade

Illuminated Letters

I did this lesson last year with much success in a square format. I blogged about it here. So this year the main difference was the Original Works 8 x 10.5 size. I had them make a border the width of the ruler. We used regular colored pencils and metallic paint. The metallic looks a little odd in the final reproductions on the magnets (which is probably why they suggest no metallics. :-)
Some really go the idea of shading with the pencils - pressing down hard in some areas and not so in others. I really emphasize the idea of the vine wrapping around the letter and show them how to make it look like it is really wrapping and not like a striped barber pole.
The B is my son's - He did a great job for being Mr. I Hate Art (which he says just to get to me). He's got it whether he wants it or not!


 I wish we had finished with the sharpies - but we ran out of time!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fundraiser Lessons - 4th Grade

Abstracting an Object

I start off with a power point about the life and work of American artist, Georgia O'Keefe.

We talk about how she abstracts objects by simplifying the shapes, moving in close, using a limited color palette.

I have lemons, oranges, peppers and fake flowers available for the students to draw. They get a sheet of four thumbnails and practice moving in close and touching all four sides and creating interesting negative space. They pick their favorite to create a final drawing in chalk pastel.

Here is a student's thumbnails and how he enlarged it onto the final paper.

Next I show students how to mix two analogous colors when coloring to give more depth to their picture. Every section had to be colored with analogous colors.

We talked about choosing wisely for the background color to make sure there was a contrast and you could tell which was the object and which was the background. 

 My fave from last year: I love the lines...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fundraiser Lessons - 3rd Grade

Self Portraits

I have the third graders create a head and shoulders self portrait - the way they currently know how to. This way I can see what they already know and how cartoon-y or anime-y they draw people. I get a wide range of abilities like these:

Then we do a practice sketch where we use the guidelines on the oval. We look at self portraits by VanGogh and Frida Khalo and measure to see if they used the guidelines. We work together through these steps - this is just a practice so no pressure...
  1. create the oval
  2. divide the oval in half vertically and horizontally
  3. Measure on ourselves and on Vinny and Frida to determine that our eyes are in the middle of the oval
  4. Discuss how the face is 5 eyes wide - we measure on ourselves
  5. Put a football shape right in the middle of our oval - create two more footballs on equally on either side. We know that the eyes will be the 2nd and 4th football, erase the other 3.
  6.  Divide the space from the chin to the middle in half, create a guideline. This is where our nose will rest.
  7. Below the nose make a spread out M for the top lip - the width of the mouth should go to the middle of the eyes. Create the bottom lip.
  8. Measure on ourselves how the top of the ear lines up with the eye and the bottom of the ear with the bottom of the nose. Create ears that go from the middle guideline to the bottom guideline.
  9. Divide the top of the head to the middle in half - this is the hairline. Stress that hair does not just grow out of the top of our head - it grows all the way around and on our forehead.
  10. We turn the paper over and do a close up of an eye with detail and then add the detailed eyes on the sketch.
  11. After practicing once we more on to the final paper - go over lightly sketching in the guidelines and then students use mirrors to make it look like them.
Once their sketches are complete I demo how to blend with the oil pastels and we do the flesh tones first. They choose a shadow color and a main color and work with them to build up the face. Next we talk about how to color the eyes using a main color and a highlight color. It takes them about 3-40 minute classes to finish the coloring.
Here are some side by side comparisons and one exceptional example from last year - he almost won the whole art festival...



 And this beauty was from last year:

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fundraiser Lessons - 2nd Grade

Flower Still Life

Students begin by looking at Henri Matisse paintings in a power point. We talk about the patterns and how he repeats colors at least three times to keep our eyes looking around the painting.
We also look closely at how he creates vases in his paintings.
Goldfish by Henri MatisseNext we work together to get our vase on the paper, then we make it the shape we want it. We create an entire "under drawing" in a very light color (peach or yellow). Then we create the table to go behind the vase - we talk about how it would look like it was hovering in mid air if the table went below the vase. Next we put a large flower that touches the top of the page. Then one that touches each side. Students will fill in as many flowers as they want - then we will move on to color.
Anemones by Henri MatisseI show students how to add color in at least three places, fill in solid,  make a shadow on the vase and table. We also talk about if they want the vase to be see through (transparent) or solid (opaque).

Once all the flowers are colored in they add the stems and leaves - to go straight from the flower into the vase, going behind other flowers (not around).

Final touches are patterns in the back - making sure to leave room for paint.

See a pattern here? K - Dream Houses, 1st - Y Trees, and 2nd all work with the oil pastel and water color resist method. This helps the beginning of the year run smooth and I can keep the same materials set up for the first month or so since they are not all using the watercolor at the same time.

This year:


Fundraiser Lessons - 1st Grade

Y Tree with a Family Story

We talk about the four seasons and what a tree looks like in each of those seasons. We talk about the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees. (Virginia Standards of Learning for first grade Science 1.4 Life Processes).

I show them how to make a tree using the letter Y. I pass out practice paper and black crayons and students follow the steps with me as I make a Y tree. I will show them how to make a tree in each of the four seasons by adding details.
Next class we read the book, “A Tree is Nice” by Janice May Udry. The story talks about how nice a tree is in all the different seasons. Students begin their tree drawings with the ground that the tree will grow from, and they continue with oil pastels to complete their picture.

Next class they come in to complete their tree stories. I remind them to fill in all the peek-a-boo spots so their coloring is nice and solid. For the final touch we use white to make clouds in the sky. Then they pick from several colors to paint their sky with watercolor. Even though they did it last year on their dream houses, they still think it is magic when their clouds appear in the sky.

Last year's Y Trees on Artsonia

Fundraiser Lessons - Kindergarten

Dream House Using Shapes

First we talk about shapes. I describe each shape and see if students can guess which one I am talking about. I have big laminated shapes with a magnet on the back that I put on my white board as the students guess them. I throw in one harder one - Trapezoid - to see if they get it - sometimes they do!

Once all the shapes are on the board I move them all around and make different things with them. To show them how simple shapes put together in different ways can make anything! Students practice each shape and then if there is time they can take the shapes, combine to make anything in their drawing.
Next class - students sit together and we read "The Big Orange Splot" by Daniel Pinkwater (LOVE HIM). It is the story of a man who gets orange paint dropped on his house and instead of returning it to it's original look to keep a 'neat street' he paints it like all of his dreams! One by one each neighbor is sent to convince him to change it back but instead they also change their house to look like all of their dreams. I like it because it talks about being original and not fitting in with everyone or everything else.
After the story I review that combining simple shapes can make their dream house. They use oil pastels to create their drawing and I talk about filling in solid with no peek-a-boo spots. For a final touch we add white clouds to the sky - then paint the sky with watercolor. Students love the magic when their clouds appear.
Here are some examples...

Fundraiser Lessons

There has been a lot of talk about the lessons for the magnet fundraiser so I am going to post what I do for each grade. This fundraiser funded my entire program this year. I don't think I have sacrificed any learning for a good product - they are lessons I would be teaching anyway. I will put each one in a separate post, I probably won't get to them all tonight.