This week my 3rd graders continued to work on the learning objective: I can identify and create radial symmetry. We began a crayon watercolor resist by tracing three different sized circles in the center of a square paper. Then we used lines and shapes in each circle and the outside of the large circle to create patterns in radial symmetry. My students then traced their designs heavily with crayon and then used watercolor to paint each circle and the background in a different color. They turned out great! Thanks to my teaching partner Jayme Durrwachter for this lesson! You rock and thanks for always sharing ideas with me.
I was given this lesson from School Arts magazine by one of my co-teachers, Liz Friedrich and tried it out with my fifth grader's this year. We started out by looking at seashells and discussing the lines, color and patterns we saw on them. It really excited many of my students. They wanted to tell me all about their vacations to the beach and all the shells and sea life they ran across. I then showed them how to look for lines and shapes to draw and reviewed what a contour line and free-form shape is. I demonstrated how to draw the shape of different types of shells and how to add curved lines to show the contour of the shell. They then spent half a class practicing drawing different shells. The following class they drew different shells with contour lines filling their papers and outlined their drawings with permanent black marker. We then used watercolor markers (Mr. Sketch) to draw next to all our black lines inside each shell and used plain water to "pull" in the color to the center of each shell. It created two different values of each color and added to the realism of their drawings. For the final step, we painted brown watercolor in the background and sprinkled salt to add visual texture.
Second grade is working on symmetrical art and I found this lesson on Art Sonia posted by Chris Mulder from Burlington Iowa. We looked at paintings from the artist Laurel Burch. We focused on her cat paintings and use of bright colors and patterns. We reviewed symmetry and began our work by drawing half of a cat in the style of Laurel Burch. We then traced our pencil drawing with black crayon, then folded the paper in reverse so we could use a ruler to rub the crayon to the other half of the paper to make a full, symmetrical cat drawing. We then used construction paper crayons to add pattern to our cats, making sure to keep the work symmetrical.
Today my fourth grader's worked on their value robot drawings. We were working on the continuous progression of color value learning objective. I asked them to design their own robot in pencil. They then need to use their pencil to add areas of continuous progression of color value (light to dark or dark to light). I encourage them to finish off their drawings by adding dark outlines and using their eraser to clean up the background.
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