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.
I began this lesson by reading the book: Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown. It is a very cute story about a young rabbit who helps himself to carrots in a nearby patch. The carrots start to stalk the rabbit. He calls them creepy carrots but he can't get anyone to believe him they exist. The story ends well for both young rabbit and the carrot patch.
We then looked for color value and value contrast in the illustrations. I introduced color emphasis and how the carrots are the only color in the illustrations because they're the focus of the story.
I then walked the class through how to draw or illustrate in the app. We then created our carrot and then made a second layer to slightly change our carrot for the animation. Some students had enough time to create three or more layers for their carrot.
Finally we layered our background and carrot animation pieces and then tweaked the timing and path of our carrot. Below is one student example of their work. Here is a link to see all the fourth grade's Creepy Carrot animations:
Check the link next week for the remaining fourth grade pieces.
This is one of my favorite projects. They always turn out beautiful and the kids love the paint mixing and tearing the paper.
We covered the following learning objectives with this piece:
I can use tempera paint to create a tint by adding white to a color.
I can use tempera paint to create a shade by adding black to a color.
I can create an original seascape.
One 9 x 12" paper was folded longways (like a hot-dog) in half to get two equal rectangles and one 12 x 18" paper was folded in half short-ways (like a hamburger) twice to get four equal rectangles. We then used tempera to mix and paint tints and shades of one color. We painted one rectangle just the color as is, three rectangles in three different tints and then the small paper was painted with two shades.
After the paint dried we tore each value into a strip with a slight wave to create the effect of white topped waves. I asked the class to arrange the colors in a progression of color, with the lightest at the top and the darkest at the bottom. We glued our progression onto matching construction paper and added a paper sun to complete our piece.
I found this on Artsonia many years ago. I'm sorry I don't have the name of the school.
Keep an eye out for an additional element added to our seascape coming soon.
Our school came up with a school song that incorporates our four character traits and introduced our students to our new school super heroes, so when I came across this lesson idea on Tricia Fuglestad's website (www.drydenart.weebly.com), I had to try it out.
We used the Brushes app to import a photo of each student posed like a super hero and added a layer to create a black silhouette of that pose.
I then asked them to choose one color and focus on tints and shades of that color to create a radial design in the background. This is a review of the learning objective we have been working on over the last few lessons.
We then moved our silhouette layer over the colored layer for our finished piece.
My fourth graders have been using the Brushes app for awhile now and I think they are really feeling comfortable using it and the iPads to create Art pieces. I asked a few of my "Brushes experts" to help out the first graders when they created their first Art piece in Brushes. They were so much fun to watch help the little ones and how confident they were.
We have been working on creating tints and shades of a color (value) using tempera, so I chose to do this lesson with the class to show the students how they could create value on the iPad.
I began by taking their photo in front of a "green screen" and asked them to pose as if they were looking at a landscape. I uploaded their photos into their Dropbox folder and each child was then able to access their photo from Dropbox and import it to their iPad. They used the Brushes app to import their photo and added a second layer to trace their silhouette in a shade of one color.
They then added a second layer where they drew an organic line to represent a landscape and colored it in with a lighter or tint of the their silhouette color. They repeated the organic line and change of color two to three more times to fill in the entire layer. The final step was to move their silhouette layer to the top of their landscape layer and viola!
I found this lesson idea on www.drydenart.weebly.com and was inspired to try it! Thanks to Tricia Fuglestad for always sharing your wonderful lesson ideas.
I like to review value with my fourth graders at the end of the school year. The Art teachers from Fairmount Elementary in Mo shared this lesson with me. Thanks Heidi and Myra!
During the first class, I have my students start with the hull of the ship, water line and the underwater scene on the first day. I ask them to focus on adding a lot of details. I don't review shading and value until the very end.
During the second class we focus on the deck of the ship and anything they want to put in the sky. The third class they may add pirates. My requirements are at least eight different pirates with different clothes.
The fourth and fifth classes are spent shading in their drawing. We start with a value scale and I ask them to use that to add all the different values from that value scale into their drawing. I was very pleased with them this year. Many added a lot of creativity and plenty of shading.
I am sorry, it’s been too long since my last post! I have been busy moving and couldn’t find the time to post. So I will try to make up for the gap by posting a couple of lessons in a row.
I wanted to go over a fifth grade value objective one more time and found this lesson at ww.zamoranoarts.blogspot.com. I asked my classes to draw at least seven crayons on their paper and then use colored pencil to color showing value with one light source. They then used a black colored pencil to add a shadow on the dark side.
Lines were added to make it look like the crayons had been used to draw on the paper. My students really got into this drawing lesson and asked if they could add pencils, paint brushes, glue bottles and scissors also. This is a great, simple way to teach value with one light source. I was very pleased with the finished work and my student’s enthusiasm, I will be teaching this again next year!
I stumbled across art from karolann1229 on flickr.com. It gave me the idea to have my 5th grade draw stacked spheres and add shading to show value and highlighted areas. My original example was very much like the art from Flickr, with stacked ornaments and pine garland, but when I started brain storming ideas for any of my students who do not celebrate Christmas the project really took off. My students came up with a ton of great ideas for their spheres!
We started off with 2" circle patterns and 9" square paper to create our stacked circles. Then my students were encouraged to turn their circles into anything that is a sphere shape. They came up with Christmas items, beach balls, baseballs, snowmen, eye balls, candy, ect. They really enjoyed coming up with their ideas, what their sphere were sitting on or in and adding details. The final step was to add the shading/value. Many of their pieces turned out beautiful and I loved all the ideas they came up with!
I was covering the learning objective: I can use color value changes as they relate to light sources. This was a lesson shared at an Art teacher meeting in my previous school district, Hazelwood in Mo. I can't remember the name of the teacher who shared it with us, but thanks to that teacher.
The students used a pencil to draw repeated "noodles" with parallel lines. I stressed that they create an interesting composition by overlapping and having some run off the edges of the paper.
They then used color pencil and applied pressure to create a range of value on each "noodle". I asked them to create a highlighted area near the center of each "noodle" and add shading along each side.
It's a quick two class lesson that nearly all students succeed at.
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