Saturday, October 30, 2010
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
Abstracting an Object
I start off with a power point about the life and work of American artist, Georgia O'Keefe.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
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:
- create the oval
- divide the oval in half vertically and horizontally
- Measure on ourselves and on Vinny and Frida to determine that our eyes are in the middle of the oval
- Discuss how the face is 5 eyes wide - we measure on ourselves
- 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.
- Divide the space from the chin to the middle in half, create a guideline. This is where our nose will rest.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We turn the paper over and do a close up of an eye with detail and then add the detailed eyes on the sketch.
- 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.
Monday, October 4, 2010
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).
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
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!
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.