Monday, November 28, 2011

Complementary Zebras

"Why - I just love your stripes!"

The idea for this project popped into my head one evening when I was looking at some photos I took at at  the St. Louis Zoo this summer. I love zebras and giraffes and wanted to do some projects with them as the subjects. I wanted to make the zebras colorful and first thought of doing a color wheel zebra. But then I saw those great complementary color t-shirts with the colors giving each other compliments. The two ideas meshed and I decided to do complementary zebras who would compliment each other!

5th Graders were my target group for this project.
You can find a PowerPoint that I created for this lesson on my website -> PowerPoints

This project took 3-4 (45min) class periods.  The first class period was spent introducing the project, complementary colors, and drawing zebras. I really wanted the students to draw from observation - paying attention to what basic shapes were the foundation of the zebra. I had several reference pictures for them to look at in different poses. From the basic shapes, we (my wonderful student teacher and I) had them pay attention to the inside and outside contour lines of the zebra.

The next classes were spent painting zebras and outlining with a black sharpie. I wanted to have a variety of zebras so instead of having students chose their complementary color pair, I had slips of paper with the pairs typed out on. Before students painted they pulled a slip from a basket and that would be the color pair they would be working with. I really didn't care if they traded slips with each other before the started - I just wanted to have each pair represented equally.

The last class day of the project - the "wrap-up" day - was started by discussing the homophones: complement and compliment. I had students write a compliment that the zebras could be giving to another zebra.

I posted many of these compliments with the zebras when I displayed them in the hallway. What Fun!

Now...I'm considering what to do with giraffes! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jackson Pollock Cats

Second Graders used their marbles to create fun Pollock-like paintings!

Students were introduced to artist Jackson Pollock with the book Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan. Then they created Pollock-like paintings using marbles dipped in paint that were rolled around in shallow boxes. Each student had time to do two paintings.

The next class students were read another book - Vincent Van Gogh's Cat. This book was written and illustrated by second grade students from East Washington Academy, Muncie, IN. This book shows a cat jumping out of famous paintings.
Using images of cat silhouettes as reference, we discussed the shapes and lines that made up cats in different poses. Students picked one of their marble paintings from the previous class and drew a cat on the back of it. They then cut out the cat and glued it to a black piece of paper to help the image stand out.

While students were working on the cat drawings, each table of students were invited up to the front of the room to squirt and drip paint onto a large paper to create a class pollock-like mural.

The finished cats were cut out leaving a thin border of black and then displayed on the large class mural.

Here are some of the finished cats:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What a Delicious Project!

Tints and Shades with a Cherry on Top
This project has made it's way around Pinterest and I can see why! Immediately when I saw this I knew I was going to do it with my 4th graders. It's an excellent and fun way to teach about tints and shades.

We did a fairly large ice cream cone using 2 12x18 papers to paint on. This could be done by using only one 12x18 paper with smaller painted sections - but I liked the large finished cones and so did the kids!

We spent the first class period discussing what tints and shades were. I had students divide a 12x18 paper into 4 sections. We painting one section with the pure hue they had chosen. Then I demonstrated how to create 3 different tints in the other sections.

The next class was spent doing the shades. This time we divided the paper into 3 sections - 2 just like the tints and 1 twice that size for the cone. I demonstrated how to create a shade by adding a little black to the color and then another one with a little more black. The last section - the largest one - was for a very dark shade of the color.
As students waited for the paper to dry they were given a piece of tagboard to create a stencil for the ice cream scoops. This was important so that all the scoops would be similar in size. If time remained students used the stencil to trace and cut out scoops of ice cream from the first painted paper.

The last class was spent finishing cutting the scoops of ice cream, creating the cone, putting it all together in order, and adding a cherry and sprinkles. Students used black marker to draw the cone outline and lines before they cut them out. We, (my wonderful student teacher and myself) had students pick sequins that matched the color they had chosen.
Students finished the project by developing a flavor name for their ice cream. They were encouraged to create a unique flavor and were not to discuss it so that students would "borrow" other's ideas. I posted the flavor under the ice cream.
They are all so great!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Voice Level Chart for Art Room

I've been trying to teach my students to use appropriate voice levels during art. One of my schools uses the voice level terms school-wide. Another school has a few teachers who use it and I never hear it mentioned from teachers at my 3rd school.
So...I made up a voice level chart for each of my schools to post in the Art Room and I'm going to work on students understanding what I mean when I ask for "voice level 0 - or voice-level 1...".

You can get a digital file of this Poster Here

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Moon & Trees with Tints and Shades

5th Grade students worked with tints and shades while creating these beautiful paintings.

This was another idea found on Pinterest....yes, I know - I'm a thief! This was a quick 2 day art lesson - but may have even been done in less. After doing our color wheel worksheet and then discussing tints and shades, student were given blue and white paint. They began by painting a white moon towards the center of the painting. Then gradually created tints by adding a touch of blue to the white, then a bit more, and so on until the sky was completely painted. 
The second class we discussed what a winter or late fall tree would look like after the leaves have fallen off. We also discussed atmospheric perspective. Students were given blue and black this time. They painted the trees using different shades of blue - the darkest one large so it looked up close and smaller ones with lighter shades to look farther back.

The results were great! Definitely a keeper lesson!