Saturday, December 10, 2011

Who's Shoe?

Fifth graders created line drawings of their shoe.  They worked on blind contour and contour studies in their sketchbooks as a warm-up.  The students first drew their shoe in pencil and then traced over in Sharpie.  We discussed the use of pen and ink techniques such as hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling to add value to areas of their drawing.  The students wanted to add color to their shoe, but I didn't want that to interfere with their drawing.  I saw on another art blog where students had created rubbings from the bottom of their shoe and thought this was a perfect way for my students to add color to their work.  I think the results were great!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Art Lessons for Kids

I just joined a "lesson hop" and posted a link from Art with Mrs. Hurley....check it out by clicking here.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Great Pumpkin!

Third graders did an outstanding job in their first experience drawing with glue and working with chalk pastel.  We looked at the work of Rembrandt and discussed how he was a master at value and a "special effects" artist through his use of chiaroscuroThe students decided on a tall pumpkin or wide pumpkin; some wanted to put more than one pumpkin in their drawing, some wanted jack-o-lanterns.  Once their pencil drawing was finished they carefully traced over the pencil line with white glue.  After the glue dried they got to work on exploring value using chalk pastels.  We discussed how they could add white to the orange pastel to lighten it or mix yellow with it to brighten it.  The students were given a "sun chip" to remind them where their light source was coming from.  Once the pumpkin was finished they worked on the background.  The variety of skies are beautiful--sunrise, sunset, evening sky.  The bulletin board with their artwork is quite a crowd-pleaser!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Bug's Life


Not your normal landscape..... Fourth graders created landscapes from a different point of view....a "bug's eye" view!  After some discussion on scale and proportion, fourth graders set out to create a world seen through a bug's eye. Students drew in pencil and Sharpie marker, and added color with crayon and watercolor.  Next year, I think I will have them title their artwork.  I can only imagine what they will come up with!  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lines and Colors and Shapes....Oh My!

First grade artists created these abstract paintings using geometric and free-form shapes, primary and secondary colors, and line variety.  The paintings followed a lesson were we read the book Mouse Paint, identified primary colors, and created secondary colors using Model Magic

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Giocometti Foil Sculptures

Fifth grade students observed the artwork of Alberto Giocometti and created sculptures with similar characteristics (elongated torso and limbs).  The students' sculptures are based on gesture drawings drawn the previous week.  This quick method of drawing is meant to capture the action of the person.  Once the student created their sculpture it was glued to a base. The fifth grade artists had a great time making their much so that we will be creating a life size sculpture through the winter! 
The idea for these sculptures was taken from a similar lesson on Mrs. Knight's Smartest Artists blog.

Warm and Cool Hands

Third graders used warm and cool color patterns to create these paintings.  They had their choice of a geometric shape (although you will see some hearts in there, too) and where they wanted to use the warm and cool colors.  They especially liked the "optical illusion" effect created by the advancing (warm colors) and receding (cool colors) colors and concentric shapes.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Paper Sculpture

Second graders created abstract sculptures after observing Alexander Calder's stabiles. Students discovered that they could bend, roll, curl, and fold their 2D strip of paper and create three dimensional forms. This is always a favorite piece of artwork for the second graders-- and I love it when students tell me they made a sculpture at home and even showed their parents how to create one!