Sunday, January 15, 2012

Shrinking Squares (5th)

5th graders worked on four ways to show depth in this project: Shrinking sizes, Overlapping shapes, Shading, Vanishing lines and vanishing point.  We looked at M. C. Escher's art for shading examples and shrinking sizes of shapes to make things appear far away.

Practice worksheet

practice 9 x 12 paper

Each student began with a practice worksheet.
Step 1 - Draw a repeating square until it shrinks into tiny dots.
Step 2 - Change the direction of the squares.
Step 3 - Start with those tiny dots and grow the squares.
Step 4 - Draw another set of shrinking squares to go behind the first set to show overlapping shapes (front/behind).
Step 5 - Shading was introduced.
Step 6 - 18 inch rulers where used to draw vanishing lines in the background. (Some students had a hard time keeping the ruler from slipping as they drew.)

Materials: 6 x 18 black construction paper, metallic colored pencils, permanent silver markers, 18 inch rulers.

Polar Bear Play - (1st)

Polar bears are "King of the Arctic" and so fun to watch. 

We traced ice cream lids for the body and butter lids for the heads. The raised arms were added with little black paws. Legs were drawn on a separate paper using the "Magic Fold" technique. "Magic Fold" is the term for fold a piece of paper in half, draw one leg, then cut it out and you get two exact size and shaped legs.

We drew a scarf. Now on another separate piece of paper a stocking hat was drawn, then cut and glued on. Students used three color markers to create patterns on the scarf and hat. Repeating the same three colors creates a matching look or unifying look. This is important for students to learn. Showing a matching look means planning and organizing. Otherwise they may get a random, disorganized look.

Students then added something in the bear's paw. I provided colored paper and ideas.