All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he or she grows up.
Some Fun Lessons in Progress
2nd Grade Alien Collographs
Color Mixing (Secondary Colors) Fish
3rd Grade Weaving
I haven't posted any lesson in a while, so I wanted to show everyone what my students have been working on. The lessons will be finished soon and posted individually soon after. Enjoy the pictures above. The kids are working hard and doing a great job!
My fourth graders learned about Leonardo Da Vinci's many talents. I have to give mad props to my buddy Derek, an art teacher in Peshtigo WI (http://greatartdoors.blogspot.com/) for this lesson. Derek did this with his fourth graders (check out his blog) and used paper straws and other different materials. I used wood dowels, paper, string, twisty-ties, plates, hot glue, rice paper, cardboard, and plastic. I started the lesson by introducing the students to Da Vinci's many talents... science, military, and artist. We focused on his two studies on flight and their drawn models. The students examined the drawing, and then looked at drawn models from the Wright Brothers and airplane models drawn up till today. The students started by drawing their own blueprints showing a side, top, and front or back views. After their 2-D model was approved, the students started building their own flying machines. The students used hot glue and tape to connect pieces together. I encoura…
STEPS: 1. Take photo... print photo in black and white (photo not shown because of privacy)
2. Make a line drawing using a transparency sheet to trace the image. (sounds like cheating, but you would be amazed how hard it is for this age to draw the important lines and keep the hair to an outline). Great lesson on line!
3. Place the transparency under a piece of white paper so that you are able to trace the line drawing. We used windows and left over overhead projectors (your school probably has a whole closet of them not being used). I asked if they had one to borrow and they brought me 5 because they were excited someone was using them (their words not mine).
4. The students mapped out their ideas on their overhead sheet so that they didn't put yellow glasses on yellow skin. After they knew what parts were going to be solid color and what ones were going to be dots they grabbed a marker (only RED, BLUE, YELLOW) and got started. For the dots the students used a ruler to do each row of…
My examples of layered art objects (top right), emphasis example (lower right), and colored object example.
My students are close to finishing their EMPHASIS project with an object observation. Students made a layered black and white drawing of two different art objects. They started by tracing each object with pencil, followed by a "still-life" observation drawing to fill in the inner lines and details of each object. The lesson makes students aware of where things are on the page. The layered affect adds depth to the composition. When the students finished the drawing, we talked about an emphasis, and added color to ONE item on the page. Students used colored pencil to add color to their item. We are still working on them at the moment, but I was excited to show them off. Finished projects are soon to follow.