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.
This project covered a couple of different learning objectives. The first was, "I can use contour lines to show form" & the second was, "I can create value using layers of watercolor". We started with a contour line drawing of a pumpkin and then went over our drawing with glue. We then used watercolor paint to paint our work, making sure to show three vales on our pumpkin. We then traced the edges of our glue and the edges of our value changes with a fine tipped marker. The results are beautiful. I found this lesson idea from the Cedar Creek Elementary website. The art teacher is Linda Welling. Thanks Linda for sharing! My lesson plan can be found here. My instructional video is below.
Fifth grade was focusing on three learning objectives with this piece. 1. Showing form using contour lines. 2. Mix two hues to create a new color. 3. Identify the arrangement of colors on the color wheel.
The subject of our drawings were seashells. We drew our shells from observation using contour lines. Then it was repeated 12 times in a circle shape for a color wheel. The shells were outlined with permanent marker. We labeled the drawing lightly with the color names in the correct order of the color wheel.
Finally we used watercolor to paint the primary and secondary colors and mixed the intermediate colors. The final step was to erase the labeled colors.
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.
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.
This is our second piece using the Brushes app. We took a photo of our shoe, imported into Brushes. We added a second layer to create a contour line drawing using black. I encouraged the class to use a variety of line thickness to create visual interest.
Then a third layer was created to color our line drawing. The class could use any colors they wanted but I encouraged them to use some colors in more than one place on their shoe to create unity within their piece.
This piece came very easy to most students with this lesson following right behind their dessert landscapes. Their new knowledge of layers and using the color wheel in Brushes was easily remembered.
Fifth grade is working on the learning objective: I can identify and create contour lines. 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. I encouraged the class to use a variety of line thickness to create some visual interest in the contour lines.
They drew from 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.
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!
Here is the first iPad lesson for me, ever! It is the biggest thing in my teaching since I first began teaching 15 years ago. I am not a huge techie, so there has been a huge learning curve for me. Please be kind.
We used Sketchbook Express which is a free art making app. I find it very easy to learn and navigate so this is why I chose to teach with it. We do have the Brushes app. I know a lot of iPad art classrooms use this app, but I haven't found it as fast to understand so I didn't use it this time.
I began by introducing what a still life is and what are contour lines. I then had each student take one shoe off and place it on the table. I asked the class to look for different types of lines on their shoe. Each student then took a photo of their shoe and uploaded it to the Sketchbook Express app.
We then added a second "layer" on top our photo and used one drawing tool to "trace" the contour lines of our shoe. I encouraged the class to hide their photo layer to see how they were doing. During the second day they were more comfortable with the app so many tried different line widths and blew up their photo to get more details in their drawing.
During the third and final class we uploaded our drawings to Dropbox. To close the last class out I gave each student some manila paper to draw their shoe with pencil. I saw a second grade class that was comfortable drawing their shoe from observation after using the iPads.
I think this was a successful first iPad lesson. I hope you think so too. I was very surprised with how quickly most students picked up using the app and how much fun they had exploring it during the second class.
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.
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