Monday, December 27, 2010

1st Grade Color Mixing Paintings

For an easy one class period project, I gave the students a piece of white paper and tempera cakes in only the primary colors and white.  I told the students they could make anything they wanted as long as it was "nice for school" and they showed me mixing the primary colors to create secondary colors.  During one of my classes, we had a fire drill and there was something wrong with the alarm so we ended up being outside for 30 minutes of my 40 minute class.  Thankfully the weather was nice for a Kansas November afternoon but there was no time to do the project.  We had to go on to the next project the following week and I had a student in tears because she didn't get to make Art that day and, as she told me, "I -sob- LOVE Art!"  I'll have to make sure their class gets to do a similar project sometime this spring.  Anyway, here are some of the projects!

Kindergarten Concentric Circles- My New Approach to Kandinsky

My SMART goal this year is about Kindergarten students being able to identify and draw basic geometric shapes.  I am doing one project that focuses on each shape.  Kandinsky's Farbstudie Quadrate was the inspiration for the circle project.  Last year when I did this project, I asked all students to make their concentric circles on a grid, like Kandinsky. (See the first few photos below.)  

 My approach to learning about the artist stayed the same but this year I realized that the grid wasn't necessary so I gave the students more choices.  My regular classes used markers and crayons and my double Kindergarten class did a wax resist version.  (I got permission to take one class at a time into the Art room while a Para led the other class in play-doh sculptures in the cafeteria.)  I really like the free style circle drawings.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Check out my friend's blog!

If you are looking for a new blog to follow, check out Amy's Artsy Adventures!  I have known Amy for I think 4 years since we ended up in some classes together in college.  Amy is a first year Art teacher, teaching K-12 students.  Her blog is similar to mine- photos of student projects and lots of reflection that is necessary for beginning (and probably important to all) teachers.  Here are some of my favorite photos that I just borrowed from her blog!

Monday, December 20, 2010

5th Grade Food Sculptures

5th grade students learned about Pop Artist, Claes Oldenburg, and viewed images of his food sculptures.    The students had 2 class periods to make their own miniature food sculptures out of air dry clay- one to construct and one to paint.  I showed the students how they could make their sculptures hollow to stretch their alloted clay further.  Some made pinch pots to stick together for the main body of the sculpture, some used slabs and coils, and some just made their artwork solid.  Pizza slices and hotdogs seemed to be the most popular foods at my school.  I took some cool photos of students acting like they were eating their sculptures but I won't be adding them since they show the students' faces.  This project was a big hit!

I like how this student made his orange not quite ripe!

Apple core with toothpick stem.

Burger, fries, and a drink.


Moldy Cheese!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

3rd Grade Waterscapes

I'm pretty darn happy with this project!  My students are always asking me about origami... The only thing I know how to make is a boat.  My third grade teacher showed our class and I've always remembered.  I decided to teach the students about Monet and his water lily series.  Since he was influenced by Japanese art and origami is a Japanese art form, it was a good tie-in.  

This was a two-class period project.  We covered the Art History at the beginning of the first class then used cool colors of tempera paint to make an Impressionistic painting inspired by Monet's paintings.  I had the students start by painting horizontal brush strokes using the different cool colors before adding the white streaks.  I reminded the students several times not to over blend and pointed out on the projected painting that Monet let the viewer see the individual brush strokes.  The last step of the painting was to add lily pads.

On the second day, I showed the students how to make the origami boats.  I let the students choose a piece of origami paper that I ordered and I used a big piece of paper (probably about 3 feet square) so they could see the folds I made.  I sat on the floor and had the students come sit or stand around me for each step.  I REALLY had to emphasize careful listening and following directions.  I told the students that if the folds were not made carefully, things would not line up correctly and their boat might not work.  The very last step is to turn the folded paper inside out to make the boat shape hold.  After the origami was done, bottled glue was used to attach the boats to the paintings.

 Turning the boat into a boat