Saturday, December 7, 2013

Eat Your Fruits And Veggies Mosaics!



Pear

Cherries

Pear

Orange (top view)

 Banana

 Green Pepper

Lime

Mosaic Fruits and Veggies! After finishing the toothbrushes I went right into another observation drawing hoping that we can continue to draw things LARGE! The students looked at a plastic fruit or veggie at their tables. The requirements were that the object had to have two sides / parts go off the edge of the paper, and it had to take up most of the paper space. I was worried, but soon blown away. The students drew outline drawings of the objects and outlined them with a wide black sharpie. The next class we looked at multiple examples of mosaic artwork from all around the world. The students  got the point quickly (NO PIECE OF PAPER CAN TOUCH ANOTHER PIECE). We looked at the highlights and shades (student had to use at least two or three different colors). By the way, great project if you have a large box of scrap paper. Students picked the colors and cut each piece of paper to fit the space. We used glue bottles to stick each piece, and in 4 (45 min) class periods we finished. There will be more pictures to come. Each student really grasped the idea and lesson objectives. 

Idea came from: http://freshartists.org/blog/2010/05/01/fresh-artists-sign-studio-launches-with-first-clien(Great blog)



5th Grade Group Project… Bikes (work in progress..)









I saw an artist that worked with drawing objects (bikes) in a quad format on Pinterest. I loved the idea and the 5th grade group possibilities. The students get excited when they hear that they get to work with friends on a project, but the frustration sets in when they find out that they all have to agree on every possible decision. It is not easy, but the project is coming along nicely. We are just starting color and outlining now. I will explain the steps and give images of the finished products soon. Each piece is a 8 1/2 x 11 in piece of paper. More photos to come soon!




I try not to toot my own horn, but I was asked by the music teacher to make a prop for the Christmas concert at our smaller K-2 school. The Christmas musical is called Flakes and involves / needs a snow plow. With a large refrigerator box and ten dollars worth of wood, I created this interesting work of art. The students loved it, and the musical might have been the best Christmas K-2 performance I have ever seen. Very cute! 

If Eric Carle Made Cardinals










Tracers again…. But with that said, my main objective for this lesson was an introduction to tempera paint, cutting with scissors while turning the paper and not the scissors, and listening to directions and steps. After all is said and done, my objectives were met and the final product is very pleasing. 
We started out by painting three different sized pieces of paper. The large one was colored with reds and orange crayons and the painted over the top with red paint and scratched. The medium sized paper was colored purple with crayons and then painted black and scratched. The smallest piece of paper was colored yellow with crayon and colored orange with paint and scratched. Students got tracers the next class and cut out the shapes for each piece. 
The next class I handed each student a small piece of cardboard, and long narrow piece of white paper, and a paper plate with black paint. The students looked at some examples of birch trees and we discussed how to make the paper look like a birch branch. The students dragged the cardboard through some black (thin smear of paint) paint and then they started on the edges of the the narrow long white paper and dragged the paint from the outside towards the center. They repeated this process from the top to the bottom on both sides. 
The next class the students placed the beak on the birch tree and then glued the head onto the tree in accordance to the beak. We added the black and the eyes on last and the project was finished. The birds look great in the hallways of our Wisconsin school on the eve of a cold winter.