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.
Our learning objective for this piece is, We will create a realistic self-portrait using correct facial proportions. We began by talking about what are correct facial proportions and looked at variety of artworks to decide if the artist used correct facial proportions in their portraits. Next we looked at artwork and discussed what realistic means. We then looked at each facial feature and discussed how to draw them realistically.
The class worked step by step to face map their self-portraits and worked hard to make their facial features look realistic. We then focused on completing our self-portraits by adding a neck & shoulders, hair and any other item that would make it look like us.
We outlined our drawings with markers and colored in our work with crayon.
This was a very difficult task to take on but all my second graders were real troopers and took on the assignment without complaint or getting frustrated. Way to go!
Our learning Objectives for this work are: we will understand people from different places and times have made art for a variety of reasons, we will be able to create art for purpose of recording history & we will be able to use materials and tools safely and properly.
We began by looking at the book "The First Drawing" by Mordicai Gerstein. We discussed what tools might have been used to create the cave art and why someone would create art in a cave.
We flattened a piece of Model Magic air dry clay into a slab (cave piece) and then transferred our cave drawing onto the dried cave piece. We then used permanent marker to trace our art and then painted the piece with watercolor paint.
Our learning objectives for this piece are: We will manipulate paper to create forms & we can identify and demonstrate sculpture-in-the-round. Each student started with a cardboard base that was then covered with construction paper. Each child was encouraged to use at least four different paper manipulation techniques demonstrated in the instructional video.
We were working on the learning objective: We will know one purpose of art is to record history. With this assignment we created a historical monument honoring the first motorized air flight by the Wright brothers.
We began by watching the first flight on film and compared how it differs from flying today. We then looked at a variety of world monuments and discussed what historical event they honored.
We then used a clothes pin and Popsicle sticks to create an airplane sculpture. We discussed how most memorials are only one color so each student chose one color of metallic paint to paint their airplane.
We looked at the Wright Brother memorial in Kitty Hawk and discussed how it has a sculpture outside but other memorabilia inside. I asked each student to choose where they wanted to place their memorial; inside or outside and we created a diorama to place our sculpture in. We used marker and crayons to color in the diorama.
The final step was to place our airplane into the diorama and add an informational plaque of the date of the first flight.
Our learning objectives for this work were: We will know art can be created to capture a memory that has feelings. We will understand how artists capture memories in art by comparing images. We will be able to create a family portrait using materials/media and tools with
We looked at the portraits of the artist Modigliani and discussed the similarities throughout his work, tilted heads, long necks and long noses. We then drew a family portrait in Modigliani's style. We incorporated a different emotion in each family member. We colored our drawing with crayons and created a watercolor wash in the background.
The learning objectives for this work were: We will know some of the characteristics of African masks. We will understand that African masks are created for purposes such as ceremonies or events. We will be able to create our own interpretation of a mask.
We began by looking at different African masks and finding the similarities. We used neutral and African Kente cloth colored paper to create our masks and added pattern with paper and dried beans.
We then created a background by weaving black and white paper together and then used cardboard scrap to add to the back of our masks before gluing them onto the weaving to create depth.
Our learning objective is to know that one purpose of an Artwork is to tell a story.
We began by reviewing the previous projects we had completed this quarter and their purpose to tell a story. We discussed the different part of "Freight Train" that each of our pieces represented. We discussed how we predicted what would happen next in our work based on the book "Tuesday".
Then we read the story "Papa Please get the Moon for Me" and looked at and discussed how to draw the beginning, middle and end of the story. We then divided our paper up into three spaces and drew the beginning , middle and end of the story and then traced our lines with black marker. I loved their drawing so much we kept them just black and white so everyone could see their beautiful details.
Our learning objective for this work is: We will know why artists use images to capture memories. We will be able to create watercolor wash using several colors.
We began by looking at a variety of sunset/sunrise pictures and discussed why people take pictures of them. We then looked at Claude Monet's painting and how we can tell what time of day it was when he painted the pictures by the colors he used. We then created a watercolor wash using several colors. After the paint was dry we then added a silhouette scene on top the painting.
The learning objectives we focused on with this project were: We will know characteristics of artwork used in traditional Day of the Dead celebrations. We will understand that the decorated sugar skulls are symbolic to the Mexican culture. We will be able to create artwork that shows our own interpretation of traditional Day of the Dead art characteristics.
With this clay project we discussed and looked at the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead and artwork associated with this holiday. We focused on the sugar skull and looked at a variety of different skulls and listed similarities we found in all of them.
I then demonstrated how to cut a skull shape from a slab of clay and how to use clay tools and found objects to press skull features and patterns into the slab to represent a sugar skull.
The pieces were left out to dry completely, fired in the kiln and then we used watercolor paint to finish our pieces with colorful patterns. My teaching partner Michelle Sauer found the idea for this project on Pintrest with no website link and shared it with me.
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