We were working on the learning object, we can identify and use symmetrical balance. We began by folding a square paper in half and drawing half a butterfly against the fold. The pencil drawing was then traced heavily with black crayon. The paper is then flipped at the fold line to put the black crayon on the inside of the fold. A ruler and pressure are used to press the black crayon onto the opposite side if the paper. It will only lightly transfer so the second half of the symmetrical butterfly must be retraced to make both sides equally black. We used watercolor to paint in the drawing symmetrically. One final color is used to paint in the background completely.
We had a number of learning objectives for this work. We will explore personal interests while creating a self-expression of our likes & dislikes, we will explore how artists can tell a story through their artwork and finally, we will begin to understand the difference between abstract & realistic portraits.
We began by listing five things we like and five things we don't like. We then discussed what is a silhouette and profile; and then used a tag board pattern to cut one out and glue onto our paper. Finally each child added their likes and dislikes to their work making sure to clearly show which they liked and which they didn't like.
Fifth grade is working on the learning objectives: I can identify and create contour lines & I can create a portrait from observation. Each student began this self portrait piece by taking a photo of themselves and importing it into the Brushes app. They then created an additional layer to trace their photo. This was very difficult because the shadows and highlights make it hard to see the contour lines of their face. They drew on their background knowledge of portrait proportions they were introduced to in the fourth grade. I reviewed how we drew our self portraits from fourth grade as well. The noses were the most difficult but I think these pieces turned out wonderful! They make me smile.
With this work we were focusing on the learning objectives: We will understand artist use color to create emotion, We will understand how artists express emotions in art through color by comparing images and we will be able to create using materials/media and tools with control to explore color and color mixing.
We began by reading the book The Way I feel by Janan Cain. In the book a variety of different emotions are discussed with artwork using different colors for each feeling. We also looked at the Pixar trailer of the movie Inside Out and how each emotion was represented in a different color.
We reviewed how our face changes with each emotion and then used colored paper to create a face showing an emotion the student had recently felt.
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