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.
We began this lesson with a simple over-under weaving technique to meet our learning objective. I then showed the class how to gently pull the right and left sides of their weaving out and up, over the end of all the paper strips to create a "frame" around the edge of the paper. We glued the ends of all the strips to the back and let it dry.
Then we added three different sized squares to glue onto the top of our weaving. I stressed to choose only two colors of each size square and create an alternating pattern to create a sense of unity. I demonstrated how they could center the squares or turn them like a diamond or push them to one corner, so they had some variety and choice.
I was lucky enough to briefly work with a wonderful art teacher, Nancy Gorla from the Hazelwood School District, who shared this lesson idea with me. Thanks, Nancy for all your wonderful ideas.
My third graders created these 3-D cityscapes by drawing two different cities on two pieces of paper. They used black tempera cake to outline their cities and then colored one city in warm colors and the second city in cool colors using crayons.
They then cut the sky off of the city that will be placed in the foreground. Cardboard pieces were glued onto the back of the front city to create a 3-D effect before gluing it onto the background city.
The students seemed to really enjoy how their cities turned out. I think they turned out great! I found this lesson in the December issue of Arts and Activities Magazine by Shelly Jubelirer.
Third grade is working on identify and using warm & cool colors. So we looked at Charles Demuth's "Figure Five in Gold" and discussed his use of warm and cool colors and directional lines.
I then introduced them to the iPad app Sketchbook and we created two layers to work on. The first layer we focused on drawing a block style number with directional lines in the background. (We used black line in similar thicknesses.)
The second layer we focused on coloring our number in one warm color and the background in as many different cool colors they could create. The results were wonderful!
Thanks to my friend Sherry Sanning from Garrett elementary for sharing this lesson idea with me.
Since Earth day is coming up I wanted to come up with just a few ways to reuse items we would normally just throw away to create art. I have just moved and had a ton of bubble wrap left over so we used it to create our papers.
During the first class I quickly reviewed warm and cool colors. I asked the class to choose two warm colors and use tempera cakes to paint a design of their choice using only those two colors. I then asked them to two cool colors on a second piece of paper creating a different design.
I asked the class to use the third color they did not use in their design to stamp the bubble wrap. We used liquid tempera and a paint brush to brush it on them press it onto the top of our painting.
The second class we spent creating our paper weaving. I think they enjoyed the experience of stamping the bubble wrap and the weavings turned out bright and beautiful.
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