We looked at the ceramic work of Kimmy Cantrell and focused on his asymmetrical relief masks. We reviewed the definition of asymmetrical balance and relief sculpture. We compared and contrasted Cantrell's masks and the facial features. We then created paper patterns to use directly on our clay slab. We used clay tools to create impressed texture on the base of our relief mask. Then the facial features were cut out, scored and slipped then attached to the top of the base. The pieces were fired, then glazed and re-fired.
We began this piece with a long rectangle slab of clay and created a 3D cylinder shape. We then scored and slipped to close the top of the cylinder. Scrap clay was used to create eyes, beak, wings, feet ect. Finally, clay tools were used to create impressed texture. The pieces were fired, glazed and re-fired. For this lesson idea I was inspired by the clay owls on this website: www.biavatibottegadellestelle.it
First grade is reviewing the learning objective: I can create an alternating pattern with line, shape or color. We started with importing a mitten template into the app Brushes and creating a second layer to draw an alternating line pattern on each mitten. We then created another layer to add our alternating color pattern to our mittens. Finally we painted a fourth layer with one color for our background. I then showed the class how to move the layers around to create a neatly colored and outlined piece. They were very excited and surprised Brushes could do this. Finally we played back our pieces and then uploaded them to Dropbox.
With this piece we were reviewing the primary colors and learning to use the layers in the Brushes app on the iPads. I created a gumball machine template and showed first grade how to import a photo in the Brushes app and then add a second layer to add color. We then merged the two layers and added a third to add an alternating pattern of line to the base of the machine. I then showed first grade how to add their work to photos and then upload it to their Dropbox folder. They did a great job!
I began this lesson by reading the book: Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown. It is a very cute story about a young rabbit who helps himself to carrots in a nearby patch. The carrots start to stalk the rabbit. He calls them creepy carrots but he can't get anyone to believe him they exist. The story ends well for both young rabbit and the carrot patch.
We then looked for color value and value contrast in the illustrations. I introduced color emphasis and how the carrots are the only color in the illustrations because they're the focus of the story.
I then walked the class through how to draw or illustrate in the app. We then created our carrot and then made a second layer to slightly change our carrot for the animation. Some students had enough time to create three or more layers for their carrot.
Finally we layered our background and carrot animation pieces and then tweaked the timing and path of our carrot. Below is one student example of their work. Here is a link to see all the fourth grade's Creepy Carrot animations:
Check the link next week for the remaining fourth grade pieces.
We were working on the learning objective: identify and use different line types and categorize shapes as large and small. We looked at the circle head template and discussed the size of the circles.
Kindergarten then opened the Brushes app and imported the circle head template. I then showed the class how to change the color and line size. Then drew large and small circles for the eyes of our owls. We then used a variety of line types to create our bird and add some texture.
This was our first piece on the iPad this year.
For this piece we took our Torn Paper Value Seascape collage and photographed it. I then took a photograph of each 4th Grader in a blow up boat our after-school care program was kind enough to lend me. I couldn't find a user friendly, free "photo-shop like" app to erase the background of our photos so we used the drawing app Brushes.
We first downloaded the seascape photo into the app. Then downloaded our boat photo and sized it making sure to place it in correct proportion. (Large boat photo goes upfront in the foreground and small boat photos go in the background.)
The final step was to erase the background around our boat photo and upload our piece to Dropbox, so I could put them on Artsonia.com. Some students chose to use the drawing tool to add additional details like shark fins. This was a quick one day lesson that the kids really enjoyed.
Our learning objective for this project is I can identify and demonstrate realistic scale. We picked a comic cell from the local paper and used a 1" view finder to pick 1" of the comic to enlarge to a 12" paper. We folded our paper into four equal squares to help focus on enlarging our comic using correct proportions. We used pencil, outlined in black permanent marker and colored with marker.
While they were outlining and coloring, each student used the iPad app, iMotion HD app to create a stop animation of their work in progress. This was a big hit with my students. Below is one example of the animation piece. The rest of all my fifith grade's work is at this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC7dyhM0EVsUy0kwT8xVZWpCNvdsKmbYk
My friend Sherry Sanning from Garrett Elementary shared this lesson idea with me.
This is my first animation lesson on the iPads using the DoInk app. I chose Second grade for this lesson idea. I first read the story, "I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean" by Kevin Sherry. We then used the DoInk app to draw and animate a blue squid. We drew two cells or layers slightly changing our second squid. We then flood filled a background with one color.
The final step was to put our squid in front of the background and create path for the squid to move across the screen. We then downloaded our piece to the photo gallery and then moved it to our Dropbox folder so I could put them on the web. Below is one of my student's animation piece. More can be viewed at the YouTube link below.
To see my all my second grader's work, follow this link to my YouTube playlist http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC7dyhM0EVsUjQLQkh3h4WsYlaTrD393f
I have attached my lesson plan below. I got the idea for this lesson at http://www.apexhsart.blogspot.com
This is one of my favorite projects. They always turn out beautiful and the kids love the paint mixing and tearing the paper.
We covered the following learning objectives with this piece:
I can use tempera paint to create a tint by adding white to a color.
I can use tempera paint to create a shade by adding black to a color.
I can create an original seascape.
One 9 x 12" paper was folded longways (like a hot-dog) in half to get two equal rectangles and one 12 x 18" paper was folded in half short-ways (like a hamburger) twice to get four equal rectangles. We then used tempera to mix and paint tints and shades of one color. We painted one rectangle just the color as is, three rectangles in three different tints and then the small paper was painted with two shades.
After the paint dried we tore each value into a strip with a slight wave to create the effect of white topped waves. I asked the class to arrange the colors in a progression of color, with the lightest at the top and the darkest at the bottom. We glued our progression onto matching construction paper and added a paper sun to complete our piece.
I found this on Artsonia many years ago. I'm sorry I don't have the name of the school.
Keep an eye out for an additional element added to our seascape coming soon.