We reviewed the definition of a portrait and looked at and compared some portrait work by the contemporary artist, Sandra Silberzweig. I then introduced Kindergarten to the definition of realistic and abstract art. We completed a draw-a-long in the style of Silberzweig and traced our drawing with oil pastel. We then added pattern of repeated line and shape inside the face. The last step was to paint a variety of abstract color in watercolor. I found the idea for this lesson at http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/ My lesson plan can be found here.
With this piece we focused on all the different color families we had talked about through our years in art. The students chose the color family they wanted to work with. Unfortunately most chose cool colors so there isn't much variety in the pieces.
Each student then created an asymmetrical geometric shape composition. The drawing was traced heavily with black crayon and rulers were used to break up the space. Finally they used watercolor to paint in their piece completely.
Third grade is working on two learning objectives: I can identify and create foreground, middle ground and background. & I can produce elements of a landscape in correct proportion. We started by looking at Grant Wood's painting "Fall Plowing". We discussed how artists create space by overlapping, including foreground, middle ground and background and putting large detailed items upfront and small items without details in the background. We drew a landscape of farm land including a fence, hills with crops and an orchard with trees in the same style as Grant Wood's. The second day we added crayon by tracing all our lines and coloring in heavily only our farm plants and trees. We then use watercolor to paint the entire paper. I stressed using realistic colors. On the last day we used construction paper to create two barns. One barn is 4 x 4" with details like a barn door and white trim and second barn with no details and glued them onto our painting showing correct proportions. I've been doing this lesson for about five years now. I really love how they turn out. I found this lesson on Art Sonia. Sorry I do not have the name of the teacher and school that shared this.
This week my first graders were working on the learning objective: I can identify and create pattern using line, shape and color. I asked them to draw three curly loop lines. We then changed each loop into a fish by add tails, fins, lips and eyes. I then had them trace their drawing heavily with a crayon of their choice. The students then choose two fish to draw a color pattern inside with crayon. They then chose two to add a line pattern and the final two they added a shape pattern. They painted their drawings with a blue watercolor wash to represent water. After they dries we then added a black strip of paper on each end to add an Asian flair. I would like to thank the late Sue Bober for this lesson. She was very kind to me when she left the elementary level and gave me all her examples and lesson ideas. Thank you Sue!
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.
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