We were covering the objectives, we can identify works of art from Africa and we can apply an additive printmaking process. We began by looking at African Masks and discussing their similarities and differences. We then created a collagraph printing plate of an African mask using thin cardboard from cereal boxes. We printed the plate four times on four different African colored papers with white printing ink. We finished by preparing our prints for display by cutting each out and mounting them onto small black or white paper and then gluing each onto a large black or white paper.
Our learning objective is to create a figure in an action pose. This was a student led assignment where they could use any drawing media they wanted to create a picture showing at least one figure in action. They came up with a lot of great ideas for their subject matter and seemed to enjoy the challenge of the assignment.
In this self portrait drawing I introduced correct facial proportion. I demonstrated how to find the middle of the face by folding the oval (face) in half to place the eyes. Then the chin was folded up to meet the eye line to place the nose in the correct place on the face. And finally the chin was folded up to the nose line to place the mouth in the correct place. Ears, hair, neck and shoulders were added last.
A superhero mask and logo for their shirt was added before outlining in black marker. Crayons were used to color in their superhero self portraits. Finally the colored drawings were cut out and glued onto a page of newspaper to look like they were part of a news story.
I found the idea for this drawing on pintrest at: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/e5/e1/de/e5e1deff49b4e6937d1d327c59351d32.jpg
We began by drawing a symmetrical butterfly using a pencil and rubbing it to the other side of the paper with a ruler. We used permanent marker to outline the butterfly and add a swirly line across out paper to break up the space.
We colored half our butterfly in warm colors and half in cool. Finally we use permanent marker again to add complex patter to the background.
Thanks to Southgate Anderson High School in Michigan for sharing their work here on Artsonia!
We are working on identifying warm and cool colors and reviewing directional line; horizontal, vertical and diagonal. We began by using a ruler and directional lines to design our own skyscraper on tall white paper. Next we traced our drawing with black marker. We then used warm or cool colors to paint a second paper practicing using watercolor washes. The last step was to cut out the skyscraper drawing and glue onto the painted paper. I found this lesson idea at http://www.deepspacesparkle.com and changed it slightly to fit our current learning objectives. My instructional video can be found below. The handout for skyscraper ideas can be found here.
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.
This lesson idea is from the amazing Tricia Fuglestad at http://drydenart.weebly.com/1/post/2013/06/animation-gtvideo-gtgif-gtpost.html. I followed her lesson by showing "the Lima Bean Monster" video on Tumblebook. We also used Tricia's monster handout idea sheets for ideas. I focused on the learning objective: I can create a figure in action (literally). My students absolutely loved this project and found the app easy to use when creating their monster. We all love the DoInk feature of auto-fill to easily and quickly color in their monster. We wish our other iPad creation apps had this feature! Thanks as always to Tricia Fuglestad for sharing her brilliant lesson ideas!
My best Art teacher friend, Sherry Sanning, from Garrett Elementary shared this lesson idea with me many years ago. The learning objective for this project is to produce a figure in an action pose. I first made a class set of posable figures of tag board and mini brads. After folding the paper in half two times the tag board patterns were used to place in an action pose and traced with pencil. Tempera cakes were used to paint the figures and background using only primary and secondary colors. When the paint was dry we used oil pastel to add small, neat pattern to the background or figure. I have included the lesson plan here and a link to the instructional video below.
Third grade is working on the learning objective "I can identify and use directional lines, horizontal, vertical & diagonal." We focused just on horizontal & vertical lines with this lesson and reviewed the primary & secondary colors before painting. I asked the class to paint a rainbow of vertical lines. The second class we cut a variety of horizontal lines across our rainbow and glued our pieces onto black construction paper leaving space between each piece to create the horizontal lines.
I found this lesson idea from: thecleverfeather.blogspot.com
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.
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