Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fine Arts Fair

And that's a wrap. A great school year has come to an end and I had the privilege of showing off my students' exceptional talent. I did it a little bit differently this year. Instead of using the whole shook as a gallery, I combined all of the works of art to our foyer and main hallway at school. I also hung up the artwork randomly instead of grouping them by class. This was great! It looked like a real art gallery! Plus, the kids kept looking and looking at the art of their peers, not just their own. I set up a creation station where students painted melted records that I will place in the garden to resemble flowers. Here are the highlights of the evening: 

Our Picture The Music Award winners had their winning pieces on display. 

Brother and sister art winners! Shania won the school-wide t-shirt design contest while her little brother win an award for his Picture The Music art. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

African Masks

This is a great lesson to combine the topic of African Masks with symmetry.  The kids love this project because it is very successful and stunning with the high contrast colored construction paper.  Here are the steps: 
1. Have the kids choose 2 colors of construction 
paper and fold them together in half  
2. Draw half of an African Mask on the folded side of the paper
3.  Cut out all of the shapes and save all of the pieces.  It's like putting together a puzzle.
4.  Fold the large tan paper in half so we have a line of symmetry
5.  Glue the two different colored face halves along the line of symmetry
6.  Now, put all of the pieces together using the opposite colors on each side.  
7. Lastly, add small details like dots and small lines with black and white paint and glue some raffia to the mask for added interest.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Chinese Dragons

We rang in the Chinese New Year with some colorful paper dragons! I showed this short video about the New Year and we talked about some customs and traditions of the Chinese culture. Next, I gave students a handout showing different dragon faces so they could get an idea about what shapes to cut out. Here are some of our finished dragons:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Kaleidoscope Drawings

     This was a great project that I basically invented for my annual Picture The Music unit. I generally try to come up with projects that are more abstract in subject matter and which experiment with different color techniques. I found an awesome video on You Tube showing an up close shot of a kaleidoscope set to some music. PERFECT! We folded our papers in half 3x to divide it into triangles. Next, I showed the students how to use simple shapes and lines in each triangle to create a design that is symmetrical. We used sharpie for the drawing and watercolor markers for the coloring. When they were finished, I sandwiched the drawing between 2 wet pieces of plain paper to get the colors to bleed together. I pressed them with heavy stacks of paper for a day. Then, these beautiful colorful drawings were revealed! And the bonus? I have a ton of colorful tie-dye paper that I can use with other projects! It's a win-win. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Miro Drawings

     Drawing to music in the style of Miro! This lesson went flawlessly. There's something magical that happens when you combine music with art. Before the lesson, I demonstrated how to draw lines and shapes which represent the music...large shapes when the music is loud, small soft lines and shapes when the music is soft. For this lesson I added in some 'silly people' like you would see in Miro's paintings. I feel like 1st graders would be able to relate to the silly, whimsical figures. To give the drawings a real 'painterly' effect, we painted water over the marker lines. To add color, we used crayons and watercolors for the background. I'll post a finished painting soon! 
Oh....before we began, I showed this AMAZING Eric Carle video on You Tube called I See A Song.  Where has this video been all my life (ok, a bit dramatic! Lol!).