Sunday, November 24, 2013

Second Grade Leaf Prints with Pastel Outlines

Artwork by Carly W.
Emphasizing the difference between real texture and implied texture in art, I showed the second graders how one can become the other through carefully printing with a textured object - in this case leaves.  The students carefully brushed white tempura paint onto the vein side - the side with the most texture - of different kinds and sizes of leaves, placed them on black 12x18 inch construction paper, and then transfered the print onto the paper by placing a piece of scrap over the leaf and rubbing. I asked the students to try and improve their prints with each attempt, taking into account how much paint they were using, how hard they were pressing, etc, with the goal of producing prints that really showed the texture of the leaf.  I also asked them to consider the overall balance of their compositions.  On a second day, the students outlined their leaves with thick, concentric lines of soft pastel in either a warm or cool color scheme.  I wish we'd had had more time to fully develop this second part of the lesson, but then I'm always wishing for more time with my artists.

Artwork by Rowen M.

Artwork by Lochlan M.

Artwork by Asa R.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kindergarten Bee Collage

Artwork by Joshua H.
After getting a little experience collaging on the "Starry Night Neighborhood" project (see previous post), kinders expanded their collage repertoire with this bee collage.  While this collage also employs mostly basic shapes, it was rewarding to see some students take their collage to the next level on their own by adding organic shapes to represent clouds, grass, or flowers.
Artwork by Cornelius B.
Artwork by Kate P.
Artwork by Amelia P.
Artwork by Nichole P.

Kindergarten Starry Night Neighborhood

For a first collage lesson, I had our kinders create a house using three colors and basic shapes. At the end of the week, I collected all the houses - some big, some tiny - glued them to a 40 foot long piece of black bulletin board paper and turned the whole scene into a "Starry Night Neighborhood" with some quick painting with acrylics. Although this wasn't meant to be a Halloween-themed project, a lot of the students were inspired by the time of the year to put jack-o-lanterns in front of their houses!  You can see the finished product hung in the hallway of the K-1 building.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

4th Grade African (Maasai) Necklaces

Artwork by Hannah D.

Fourth graders recently learned about the Maasai people of East Africa and the symbolism of certain colors in their culture.  We adapted the beautiful and intricate designs of their necklaces (made from tiny colored beads) to a (large) paper plate and acrylic paint format, but many of the students' successfully mimicked the pattern and color found in the real thing.

(The unpainted centers of our plates will be cut out so that the "necklaces" can actually be worn by the students.)
Artwork by Erin S.

Artwork by Chasnee T.

Artwork by Shalo S.

Artwork by Desi P.