The learning objectives we were working on were; I can identify and use form & I can model; pinch, pull or roll clay. We began by rolling our clay piece into a sphere (form) and then used our thumb and fingers to pinch the clay into a pot shape. After the pieces were bisque fired we discussed how glaze is different from paint and that it is made of silica and how when silica is exposed to high temperatures it becomes glass and coats our pinch pot.
Our learning objective was: I can create a sphere out of clay. We first discussed what a sphere is and I then showed my classes three different ways to create a sphere out of clay. After each student created and showed me their sphere they tapped it onto the table to create one flat side. I then bisque fired them. We then used black and red paint mixed with gloss medium to turn our clay pieces into lady bugs. I got this lesson idea from Warren Elementary in the Francis Howell School District.
This is one of my favorite drawings to do with Kindergarten. I do it each year around Halloween. I found this lesson from the amazing Tricia Fugelstad at drydenart.weebly.com. If you are not familiar with her work you must check out her blog!
I begin by reading the book; "There's a Monster Under the Bed" by James Howe. My read aloud is below.
Next we review different types of lines, focusing on the ones used in the drawing of their monster. I walk them through drawing their monster filling their paper. We then go over our drawing with permanent marker and color in with crayon. My lesson plan can be found here and my instructional video is below.
This is a combination of a couple of different projects I saw on Pintrest (from paintedpaperintheartroom.blogspot.com & Arapahoe Ridge Elementary on artsonia.com) and some of my own ideas or "tweaks" to cover three learning objectives. We began by working on our printmaking objective, I can create a monoprint. We briefly discussed printmaking in art and began working on the space background paper. We stamped a couple of circle gadgets, then used marbles and white tempera paint to roll paint across our paper to help make the space background. This was the first time I've ever painted with marbles. I think I had as much fun as my first graders with this activity!
During the second class, we began by designing and cutting out our spaceship. I created a number of tag-board patterns of spaceship parts. Each student used these patterns to design their own spaceship and then traced each pattern onto primary colored paper and cut the pieces out. I can identify and use the Primary colors was the second learning objective we were covering.
During the final day, each student glued their spaceship pieces together and then added tissue paper for the rocket booster fire. The last objective to cover was, I can identify the center or middle. So I asked first grade to place their spaceship in the center of their printed paper.
This was the first time I've taught this lesson. Overall I think it went well. My students really enjoyed the printmaking process and the subject matter. We took a class off during this project to make a pinch pot out of clay and they were very excited to get back to their spaceship to finish it. My instructional video is below.
This project covered a couple of different learning objectives. The first was, "I can use contour lines to show form" & the second was, "I can create value using layers of watercolor". We started with a contour line drawing of a pumpkin and then went over our drawing with glue. We then used watercolor paint to paint our work, making sure to show three vales on our pumpkin. We then traced the edges of our glue and the edges of our value changes with a fine tipped marker. The results are beautiful. I found this lesson idea from the Cedar Creek Elementary website. The art teacher is Linda Welling. Thanks Linda for sharing! My lesson plan can be found here. My instructional video is below.
We are working on identifying warm and cool colors and reviewing directional line; horizontal, vertical and diagonal. We began by using a ruler and directional lines to design our own skyscraper on tall white paper. Next we traced our drawing with black marker. We then used warm or cool colors to paint a second paper practicing using watercolor washes. The last step was to cut out the skyscraper drawing and glue onto the painted paper. I found this lesson idea at http://www.deepspacesparkle.com and changed it slightly to fit our current learning objectives. My instructional video can be found below. The handout for skyscraper ideas can be found here.
Fifth grade was focusing on three learning objectives with this piece. 1. Showing form using contour lines. 2. Mix two hues to create a new color. 3. Identify the arrangement of colors on the color wheel.
The subject of our drawings were seashells. We drew our shells from observation using contour lines. Then it was repeated 12 times in a circle shape for a color wheel. The shells were outlined with permanent marker. We labeled the drawing lightly with the color names in the correct order of the color wheel.
Finally we used watercolor to paint the primary and secondary colors and mixed the intermediate colors. The final step was to erase the labeled colors.
With this project we were working on using scissors and glue with control. I began by reading the story "Go Away Big Green Monster" by Ed Emberley. We then started our monster by tracing and cutting out a large green circle. We then cut out our "blueish, greenish" nose, red mouth, etc. I love the character that each one has, Kindergarten did a great job. Find my lesson plan here. My instructional video can be found below. My read aloud can be found below too!
With this piece we were working on the learning objective: I can create original artwork that communicates ideas about the outdoors (seasons & nature).
We began by drawing our pumpkin, talking about the shapes that can be found in a pumpkin. We then traced it with black oil pastel.
The primary colored paint was handed out and then we talked about how we could paint an orange pumpkin with only the primary colors. Mixing! We first painted our pumpkins yellow and then added red to mix the paint on our papers to get an orange pumpkin.
We then drew three leaf shapes and mixed yellow and blue together to get green.
During the second class we used white oil pastel to draw a moon and stars on black paper. We then added white highlights to our pumpkin and colored our stems. We cut out our pumpkins and leaves then glued them to the black paper.
I found this lesson on the Deep Space Sparkle blog. If you have never checked out this blog, you're missing out.
My lesson plan can be found here. My instructional video can be found below.
We were focusing on the primary colors with thick and thin lines as our learning goals. We painted thick and thin lines in two of the primary colors on one paper and then repeated it two more times trying to use a combination of two different primaries for each paper. Then we curved the edges of one paper for the body of our zebra, cut a second paper into four equal strips for the legs and finally the last paper was cut in half for the head and in half again for the neck and ears. We added the final details with scrap paper and yarn. Black marker was used to draw two eyes on white scrap paper. The eyes were cut out and glued onto the zebras face. Marker was used for the nostrils and finally a piece of yarn was glued to the end of the zebra for the tail. I found the idea for this lesson at criscoart.blogspot.com.
My lesson plan can be found here. My instructional video is below.