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.