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!).  

Friday, January 9, 2015

Easy Tie-Dye

     Love, love the instant gratification this project allows. I've done this at my summer art camps before, but decided to use it with my Picture The Music lesson with one of my 5th grade classes. Take a piece of tissue paper and fold it many times until it's about a 3" square. Dip the ends into some liquid water colors and watch the colors bleed together. This is also a great way to let the kids be all 'science-y' and learn about absorption and color mixing. They were encouraged to think about what colors would best represent the song based on the mood or the feelings they got fr the song. They drew an abstract line and shape drawing that I plan to adhere the tissue paper to when they dry so the drawing will show through the paper. I'll post pics when we are done. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One Point Perspective

     This lesson on one point perspective went incredibly well yesterday with my 5th and 6th graders! I was shocked how quickly they picked up on the basic knowledge of using the vanishing point for every line they drew! I don't have any finished projects yet to share but here are a few pics of the beginning lesson. I began class by showing this You Tube video I found and the students were quite intrigued with it. So, I think it heightened their interest in the drawing lesson itself. Otherwise they may not have been so excited about the project...who knows! It's hard to get adolescents excited about art sometimes. We plan on adding some really cool colorful designs to the sky next week. I'll keep you posted! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Picture The Music

On to my annual winter project -  compliments of the St. Louis Symphony...Picture The Music!!!! I get excited every year to collaborate on this unique opportunity with a great organization. This year, our song selection is Beethoven's 6th Symphony 4th Movement (I think...). Anyway, we listen to the piece of music, discuss how art and music can elicit emotions and feelings. We do a lesson on comparing and contrasting between paintings that elicit certain 'moods' so kids can see a connection between line and color and feelings. This project had a LOT going on! We cut shapes from sheet music, used rulers to draw straight lines (like in Kandinsky's paintings), used watercolor crayons to add color, and stamped circles on the finished piece.  It took the entire class period but the kids were really intrigued and did a great job on their artwork! Now to select the finalists to send to the Symphony...hmmm.