Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Primary Collages

Here are some collages ranging from 1st-3rd grade from last semester. You can see that some kids are still in the "scribble stage" of collage, while others play with composition and illustration. It's pretty fun to see the progression. Now that I've been using the Artsonia app, I'm getting artwork photographed and published more quickly. I know this will make it easier to look back and see student growth in different media and concepts.
I can't remember the story here, but it looks like a blue guy with a sword in the middle.
1st grader making use of lots of different papers in this collage portrait.
Some students go minimalist, while others take the more is more approach, trying out cutting different shapes.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Color Theory and Painting Center Photos

The Blick challenge on the smARTteacher this month is to share photos of your classroom. I posted pictures of my painting center and they shared the color theory image on Facebook. Pretty soon after, there was a comment asking "Am I crazy? Why is yellow on the cool color example? And why is violet on the warm color example?"
Fair question. I just said that I was taught that purple and yellow could be warm and/or cool since they are split down the middle. Were any of you taught the same way I was? None of the other commenters act like they've ever heard of that.

I don't think any of my classes in university even talked about color theory. So I just go off of what I learned in high school. I think that a lot of color theory could come down to different perceptions. We learn in art that there is sometimes more than one right answer. Could this be another example? I said that my art teacher also taught that BROWN is a shade of ORANGE, therefore brown and blue would be complementary colors. A lot of art teachers can't agree on brown's complement, either.
If we learned anything from #thedress, it should be that people can have different perceptions of color. 
 Even primary colors can look different. Does blue ever look warm or red ever look cool, no. But I have seen some yellows that tend toward the warm side and some look cool. I love talking about colors- so interesting to me!

Here are the other painting center photos I shared on the smARTteacher:

How did you learn to classify purple and yellow? Am I the only one who was taught the either or thing?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Everything is Awesome- Lego YAM Bulletin Board

 The Youth Art Month bulletin board at my primary school is Lego themed. Ever since I watched the Lego Movie, I've been wanting to use the "Everything is Awesome" theme for art. This was a good chance!
I downloaded a free Lego font to print off the phrase. Big time saver.
To create the Lego mini figures, I posed an actual figure, photographed it in three positions, projected it onto big construction paper, and traced. My student teacher and I added color with color sticks and cut them out. I made a Lego brick template to trace for the top row and cut rectangles in different lengths to create the rest of the wall. I let early finishers choose a brick on which to write why they like art or why it's important before I stapled them onto the bulletin board.

Here are a few of the students' bricks.
"I care about art because it is fun and you get to paint. It is real fun. Everyone has good art. No one draws bad and draws good. It really means a lot to me and everyone come in peace. It is a lot of fun. It is full of fun."

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Minecraft YAM

Tomorrow is the first day of Youth Art Month!
Thursday I finished a Minecraft inspired YAM bulletin board at my intermediate school. I'm glad my student teacher suggested a Minecraft theme because I was stuck!
I googled Minecraft bulletin boards and came across an image that used the "minds craft" phrase and that got me started. I covered the bottom of the bulletin board with brown butcher paper first. Then I cut different green construction papers into squares and rectangles and stapled them in place. Next, I added different brown squares and rectangles on the bottom. Finally, I added the text. I downloaded a free Minecraft font to print out "our" and "awesome art". I opened up the Minecraft logo in Photoshop, separated the "min" from the "craft" and added "DS" in the middle, trying to match the perspective and the style. I traced that onto white paper using my projector and painted the black and gray parts. I cut black construction paper into 1 inch wide rectangles and squares and used that to spell out "Happy Youth Art Month!" 
This was a good project to keep me out of the classroom for a while since my student teacher is still in charge. I only wish I'd glued the shapes instead of stapling so I could just roll it up and reuse the whole design. I may do that when I take it down.
So far the students have been pretty pumped about the bulletin board. However, I have heard several ask why there's no Creeper....