Monday, October 31, 2011

Art Auction - (5th)

Students learned about Andy Warhol and his style of repeating images. Using the grid technique  students drew famous cartoon characters on 6 x 9 paper, then traced the drawing on styrofoam. We printed with printing inks to make many copies. The best copy was mounted and turned in for a grade, and then sold in the classroom auction at the end of the school year.

So how did the students buy these prints? 

All during the year 5th grade students earn "ART" money for good learning behaviors seen below:  
1) Following Instructions Right Away
2) Staying on Task
3) Raising hand for getting teacher's attention
4) Good listening skills
5) Working well with others

Each 9 week quarter I made sure to pass out 2-3 "ART" money bills  to every student. This guaranteed that I would positively praise all my students - individually every quarter. Which is vital with 600 students in my program. (I do different versions of this praise system with every grade, except for the Kindergarteners.) 
The "ART" money is worth one million dollars. Prior to the Art Auction the excited students make a table tent with their millionaire name on it such as: Mr. Bill, Princess Green, Dr. Moneybuck, President So & So, Richie Rich... Then I go around the room introducing each millionaire. Its fun.

Some bidding rules are explained and reminders to be respectful and thoughtful of the artwork made by fellow students.  Two student volunteers are needed - a banker and an appraiser.  It has worked best with me as the auctioneer, keeping structure to the game.

I show one print at a time. The students raise hands to call out their bid when I point to them. The highest bidder pays the banker. The appraiser records the amount the art sold for on the back of the actual print, and the bidder owns the print.  Every print is sold. For the last print auctioned, the students may combine their millions on. It becomes a bit loud, but great fun. At the end of the game all the money is returned to me for next year's auction.

Magical Bus in Outer Space - (1st)

Shields - (4th)

Students learned about the shields Native American warriors carry into battle. A shield is an honored object. The animals and designs represent spirit protectors the warrior believed would watch over him.
Complementary colors were used to color the shields. I told the students these colors are strong, bold, and powerful. Complementary colors are not quiet, they demand attention. They give our shields a look of strength and power. Lighter colors from the complementary pairs were utilized.

The outer border colors must unify with the center design. Unifying the colors shows organized planning and pulls all the shapes together for a whole look. We do add one new color in the center area for added interest, but its optional. Black and white may be used too.

Symmetry in the background is decided on. Student select 1/2 or 1/4 background. 

Materials: 12" cardboard circle, large plastic ice cream lid to trace inside circle, permanent black markers, color markers, paper streamers, assorted color paper, black cord 10" long, feathers: natural & colored, hot glue gun, wooden beads with large inside diameter. 
Handouts with Native American symbols and their meanings (See the 5 handouts below). 
Color wheel poster to point out complementary colors. 
Students can draw the symbols they selected and write meanings on the back of the shield.

Paper Kaleidoscopes - (4th)

This project is made just like paper snowflakes.

First, we practiced folding and cutting a snowflake with pre-cut 8 1/2" squares (2@)
of plain white copy paper.  The square was folded tree times into a
smaller and smaller triangle.  Shapes were drawn or cut free-hand on all three edges 
of the triangle. Free form shapes and/or geometric shapes were used. 
Some space left between each shape was necessary to hold the snowflake together. 
Unfold the snowflake and SURPRISE! What a complex design!

We selected a 9" Fadeless color square and folded it just like the practice snowflake.
The 9" snowflake was glued in the center of a 12 x 12 black background.
This snowflake technique was then repeated with 6" and  3" squares
of "Fadeless" assorted colors. A color scheme of 3-4 colors was required.

The corner designs came from a folded snowflake that was 
later cut into fourths (on the folds).
  Paper snowflakes could also be cut down so its smaller identical parts
   were used. All the kaleidoscope designs had to be symmetrical for an 
organized and planned look.

Bones - (4th)

Action People - (4th)

Fashion Diva, Bride, and Beauty Contest Winner

Football Player and Knight

Cowgirl and Handcuffed Prisoner

Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)  and Cupcake Decorator

Game, Fish and Parks Officer and Ice Skater with Trophy 
Mad Scientist and Cowboy with chaps

Desert Drive - (2nd)

Let's go on a desert tour in our special truck. Have you ever been to Monument Valley in Utah/Arizona. As you drive notice the mesas in the background. Its a sunny day today and the colors sure make our desert look warm.

Below are some close-ups of amazing trucks with items in the back for traveling in the desert. Notice some unusual drivers and passengers riding in the pick-ups. What did they pack up in the back of their trucks?

We stamped the landscape lines with a cardboard 1" x 1/2" square and black acrylic paint to achieve a textured, angular line.

Before painting the sun was given a warm color halo with oil pastels. The desert animals, bones, and plants were also colored with oil pastels.

Painting with warm colors gives the desert a "hot" look. The students used yellow and one other warm color to streak across their desert.