Monday, December 1, 2014

Two-Faced Portraits - 5th grade

The class completed a pretest by drawing a front view face. Afterwards we practiced drawing step by step realistic front and profile views of facial features. I told them realistic art must follow rules to look real.

For the main project students drew their two-faced portrait with pencil on 12 x 18 black paper. We drew down the middle of the paper the profile view of the face, eye, and lips. For the back of the head I encouraged use of a variety of unusual lines, then we drew the front view eye, and lips.  We traced the lines with glue. Once the glue dried four chalk colors were selected as the color scheme and were blended to create new combinations. A fifth color was used for the background which covered the fingerprints. They enjoyed this project immensely. I laminated their artwork.

 I asked my students if they ever broke a rule at home and got in trouble for it. Many hands went up. Next I asked what if breaking rules could make you rich and famous? The students wondered about this.  I shared the story of Pablo Picasso who drew amazing realistic art as a youngster. Then, as a young man he grew bored creating realistic art with all its rules for real colors, real shapes, and real proportions. Yawn!

Picasso broke the rules (art rules) and freely created faces with crooked eyes, wild skin colors, and ears in strange places. If he even bother to show an ear. He was free from rules and that's what made him feel alive. When people saw this new art, they wanted him to paint their portraits just like that. Picasso became rich and famous for this unusual art style .

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Chalk Leaves - (4th grade)

 Students made an oak leaf stencil out of a 6 x 6 folded tagboard.
They just had to draw half the leaf then cut it out to make it symmetrical.
The students could arrange their leaves as a leaf pile or a leaf wreath. Either
way the leaves had to overlap to create depth. Fall colors were the color scheme: 
red, yellow, orange, green, and brown and could be blended together. The 
leaf's center vein was draw with a black crayon

A Fall poem was hand printed on the edge of the black paper 
with white color pencil.  There were several poems the students 
could choose from. Finally, I laminated their chalked art.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Castles & Dragons - (3rd Grade)

We popped up the dragon with 3D-O's.

Go Away Big Green Monster - (Kindergarten)

Monsters can be scary. But this is a special monster, he 
obeys when you tell it to go away. You can tell him to come back too, 
because sometimes he needs a hug.

This project is based on the book "Go Away Big Green Monster" by Ed Emberley.
I read the story to the class or we watched the animation from YouTube.

We noticed the shapes and colors on the monster's face.
 Then we created our own puppet monster.
 The hand pocket is a #10 envelope cut in half.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pumpkin Rubbings - (Kindergarten)

Kindergarteners sure enjoyed rubbing with the side of paperless 
crayons "naked crayons" and mixing colors.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bird Cage - (3rd)

We folded the 12 x 18 paper in half and drew with a black crayon 
half of the cage. In the top of the cage 3 shapes were repeated:
 hearts, spiral, and curved handle. We drew these large to fill space.

Then we folded the paper with the drawing on the
inside and rubbed and rubbed the outside with the handle of our
scissors. This transferred the image to the opposite side.

Students traced the rubbed or transferred side with black crayon.
Placing plastic shapes under the art and rubbing with a flat crayon
created a layer of texture that didn't overpower the cage.

Sunflower - (1st)