Sunday, May 10, 2015

Plaid Animals - (1st grade)







Print color copies of this form. Students select their favorite color.


Define what vertical and horizontal lines are. I like to personalize
 these two lines with a crazy story. Mrs. Vertical always stands tall. She can never bend over so she leaves a mess everywhere. Well you would too if you couldn't pick it up. She is married to Mr. Horizontal who always is laying down, and never gets up cause he sleeps all the time.


 Students draw Mrs. Vertical with one marker color. Then between those lines students add another vertical line with a second color. Neatness counts!



Now we draw Mr. Horizontal line. Again with two colors.


Flip the paper over to the form side and draw the body oval and the circle head.


Cut out the parts and glue on to a 9 x 12 colored paper. Create an animal.






Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Flowers - (Kindergarten)




Patterns are traced to help with successful proportion and to maintain a circle shape.
Petals are rounded on the big flower and rectangular on the smaller one.


Tulips are drawn free hand, then comes stems and leaves. Once the flowers 
are painted the background is sponge painted.



Sunday, April 5, 2015

Barns in Perspective - (3rd grade)





Patterns help reduce frustration in drawing barn fronts. The pace of the lesson moves
 smoothly and without delays with the use of patterns on difficult subjects.

We made the vanishing point.


No rulers were used.








We painted the landscape with small sponges and three color washes.




Idea Handouts



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

3D Hearts - (3rd grade)


Sweetheart candies were the inspiration for this project. Most students remember eating some. We analyzed the candies in pictures and noticed the "sides." I explained how "sides" make the candy 3D. They noticed the sides looked darker than the top of the hearts. I pointed out how light hits the top and the sides are in the shadow. If we created this look in our art, it will appear 3D.



I passed out 12 x 12 white 80# paper, 4 x 4 and 2 x 2 paper. Folding the two smaller squares in half we used the "Magic Fold" technique to draw a symmetrical heart. The larger heart was traced 3-4 times with a pencil. Then the smaller heart was traced 1-3 times to break up empty spaces. Many students randomly arranged the hearts on their papers, while others created a formal, symmetrical design.

As a class we drew the "sides" to the hearts beginning with legs, then adding the bottom line to finish it. Valentine messages were written in caps on the heart fronts. A list of common Sweetheart wording was projected on the big screen.  Everything was outlined in black permanent marker.


The hearts were colored with crayons. All heart tops were lightly colored with very little pressure on the crayon. Greater pressure was used to darken colors on the heart's shadowy sides. The same crayon was used for top and side of the heart. The terms: light and dark values could be used.


Students could create backgrounds with whoosh lines, giving movement like falling candy. They could add other candies such as M & M's, Skittles, Bubble gum, Lollipops, etc. I laid out circle stencils for drawing perfect circles. All the drawings were traced in permanent black marker, then colored with crayons. Finally the background was painted with one color, most selected red or magenta to go the Valentine theme. We used tempera cakes.





Below is the Title Sheet students glue to the back of their art. Its a wonderful 
parent communication that informs what the children learned.