We talked about positive and negative space and how some artists like to play with these elements in their work. We looked at some artwork that focuses only on the negative space, leaving the positive space empty. Sometimes when artists play with these they create an optical illusion. We then imported our profile photo into the Sketchbook app. We added a second layer and the symmetry tool to trace the profile line. The photo layer was deleted and a line was added across the top and bottom to close off the space and create a vase shape. Next we added curved horizontal and vertical lines to create the illusion of space. We then filled each shape with pattern. An additional layer was added and we chose warm or cool colors to color in our vase. The line layer was moved on top the color layer to create a neat finished piece. Thank you to Tricia Fuglestad for sharing this iPad idea on her site: drydenart.weebly.com My lesson plan is here.
We reviewed our learning objective: I can identify and use the four forms: sphere, cylinder, cone & cube. I asked the class to draw those forms randomly on their black paper and connect each with a tube to create a space station. They then added details to make their drawing unique. We used construction paper crayons to create two values with pressure (our second learning objective). Stars were neatly added to finish off our drawings. The kids really got into making aliens and all the other great details.
This is a quick successful one class drawing lesson. We did a draw-a-long but I didn't tell my classes what we were drawing. We started with the ears, face shape and then the facial features. I had everyone use a black marker for their drawing so no "mistakes" could be erased. Then I encouraged first grade to use unrealistic colors to color in their cat portrait completely. Then each drawing was cut out leaving a small white edge around the black marker. The final step was glued onto black construction paper. I found this drawing lesson idea from: http://artrageousafternoon.blogspot.com/2010/02/arent-these-fun.html#links
Kindergarten is reviewing pattern, shape and line. We used construction paper strips to draw an alternating pattern of shape or lines and then colored them with construction paper crayons in alternating colors. We then glued them to black construction paper and added short colored paper strips to opposite ends for the carpet fringe. This was a nice two day lesson, I found this lesson idea at http://mnartgal.blogspot.com. My lesson plan can be found here and my instructional video is below.
We have been working on a texture learning objective, tactile and visual. We first created some visual texture on primary color construction paper with sponge rollers and tempera paint, adding pattern. Then we rolled three Model Magic pieces into spheres and gently stepped on them to create our tactile texture. Almost all shoes have texture on the bottom so we don't slip and fall and some shoes have beautiful designs as texture too! Next, we traced some organic/free-form shapes onto the painted paper, cut out and glue onto black construction paper. Finally, we glued our Model Magic pieces onto our paper and paint with Glitter It! paint. This is a lesson most of my first graders remember years later and enjoy. Thanks for Sherry Sanning from Garrett Elementary for sharing this lesson idea with me! You can find my lesson plan here. My instructional video for the second day of the lesson is below.
Fifth Grade looked at some of Keith Haring's art pieces. We discussed how his figures have a distinct style. I then chose eight Haring pieces for the students to choose from. I asked them to think about a story they wanted to tell, what part of the piece would they "erase" to make it their own and what would their replacement figure be doing. Each student then imported their chosen piece from Dropbox to their iPad and finally into the Brushes app. The dropper tool was used to match the background color and cover over one or more figures. The altered piece was saved into photos.
Then we animated our Haring style figure in the DoInk app. I required each student to create at least two frames. We used the auto-fill tool to color our figures in. (This is my favorite tool to use in the app!)
Finally we created our composition by importing our altered Haring artwork as the background from photos and then added our figure to the foreground and chose a path for it to move across our work.
I want to thank my friend Sherry Sanning, from Garrett Elementary, for helping me brainstorm ideas for this lesson. My lesson plan can be found here. The rest of my student's work can be found on my YouTube channel. A link is located in the upper right hand corner of my homepage.
We have been working on portraits and landscapes as our learning objectives lately. With this project we combined a portrait with a landscape. We completed a draw-a-long and used marker and crayon to color in our drawings. I absolutely love these drawings so I have to thank,
apexelementaryart.blogspot.com, for sharing this idea. You can get my lesson plan here.
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