Second grade is studying the 3-D shapes or forms. We focused on cone, cube, cylinder, & sphere. I asked the class to use those forms to create a robot. They then added many other details like gears, facial features and gadgets to make their robot unique. We traced our drawing with black marker and shaded one side with pencil.
We are working on the learning objective: I can identify and use middle ground, overlapping and change of size to create the illusion of space.
We began by drawing three or more seascape items, making sure to make each smaller as they go back into space. We outlined our drawing with black marker and colored each with crayon.
We then looked at the impressionist artist Claude Monet and his use of small horizontal brush strokes to create the look of water. We then used watercolor to paint in our water and sky like an Impressionist.
My teaching partner Jayme Durrwachter shared this lesson idea with me. Thanks to Jayme for always being a great person and friend!
My teaching partner, Jayme Durrwachter and I team taught this lesson. We were inspired by Trica Fuglestad and her students rotoscope animation. Tricia's website is: http://drydenart.weebly.com/1/post/2012/04/notes-from-my-rotoscoping-on-ipads-experience.html
Our fourth graders researched the Missouri Artists George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton on the iPads. Jayme and I briefly touched on the important information on these Artists and their work.
The class then divided into four groups and worked together to choose one piece of work by a Missouri Artists that they wanted to act out in a skit. Half the groups chose to do a more modern take on the work and the other half stuck with the time period the work was depicting. Each group brought in props and created backdrops for their skit.
Each group acted out their skit for the class while Jayme and I video taped them. We watched the videos back and the class voted on which video they wanted to recreated in an animation piece. The class chose the skit "Frankie & Johnny" based on the painting by Thomas Hart Benton.
We then used a free converter download to change the chosen video into still images. I assigned two still images to each student and uploaded those to their Dropbox student work folder. Each student downloaded their image onto their iPad and moved it into the Brushes app. They created a top layer to trace their image. Their work was then uploaded back into their Dropbox student folder.
I then moved their animation cell onto my computer and uploaded them onto the site GifNinja.com. This site automatically turns the images into an animation piece that you can tweak before downloading the finished product.
Overall this was very successful but time consuming. The students really grew in their use of the iPads and the app Brushes. They were very excited, eager and happy to see their collaborative piece!
The the learning objective for this lesson was: I can create an alternating pattern.
We first drew a loopy line horizontally along the top of our paper and then added the rectangles for clothespins. I then gave each child a mitten pattern to trace under each of the clothespins.
They then chose two different lines for each mitten to create an alternating pattern. I encouraged them to alternate their patterns from horizontal to vertical. We traced our drawing with black marker and colored with crayon.
For this lesson idea, I was inspired by a piece of art I found on thepaintbar.com
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