Friday, March 29, 2013

5 Types of Line in Warm and Cool Hues

Kindergarten Lesson
2 days
5 Types of Line in Warm and Cool Hues, Kindergarten Lesson
Day 1:
  • As a class we examined the 5 types of lines: vertical, horizontal, diagonal, curvy and zig-zag.  Students were shown how to create these lines using their body as a form of expression. Examples:  vertical lines stand straight and tall, diagonal lines lean to the side (students would reach with their body in a diagonal direction)
  • On watercolor paper students created each type of line.
  • Students were shown how the 5 types of line could be varied by creating dotted or dashed marks.  Students were instructed to add a dotted or dashed line to their compositions.  Students had to be able to identify the varied line as vertical, horizontal, diagonal, curvy or zig-zag.
  • The compositions were outline with a black crayon.
Drawing lines.
Day 2:
  • On the second day of class the types of line were reviewed.
  • Next, we examined the color wheel and discussed cool and warm hues.
  • Students were instructed that they were to choose either a cool or warm color scheme for their composition.  Neutral colors were also allowed.
  • A demonstration was given on how to create opaque and transparent colors with the watercolor paint as well as how to use watercolor crayons.
  • Students used the rest of the class period to paint their compositions.
Painting compositions.
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Second Grade Art Lesson
3 Class Periods
City Scapes, Second Grade Art Lesson
Day 1:
  • As class we discussed different types of cities.  We thought about the buildings we had in our city and compared and contrasted them to larger cities such as New York, Chicago and Minneapolis.  Student were told that they would be making a city scape.
  • Through follow along demonstration, students were shown how to create sky scrapers from construction paper by using only a ruler.  Scissors were not allowed for the first day of this lesson.
  • A neutral color selection of construction paper was used for this lesson.  Students were instructed to have at least 9 buildings on their paper.  In order for them to accomplish this task, students reviewed overlapping strategies and were warned to be careful of creating buildings that looked like they were floating.
  • All pieces were carefully glued in place.
Day 2:
  • Students were allowed to use scissors on this day to create windows and doors from a variety of specialty papers (foil, wrapping paper, candy bar wrappers, tissue paper, bright construction paper, etc.)
  • Sharpie markers and white colored pencils were used to draw details.
Day 3:
  • Student finished placing details on buildings.  Cities are very busy places with lots of things happening. Students were pushed to be creative and add as many things as they could to their composition.
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Matisse's Goldfish Bowls

First Grade Art Lesson
2 Class Periods
Matisse's Goldfish Bowls, First Grade Art Lesson
About the Artist: 
Student reviewed the life and artwork of Henri Matisse.    For more information on the artist you can visit our previous lesson Icarus.  We used Matisse's The Goldfish painting for inspiration for this lesson.

The Goldfish by Henri Matisse.
Day 1:
  • Students rolled out a slab of clay "pancake thick."  A fish bowl pattern was traced onto the clay and then cut out.
  • Students were then shown how to create a fish out of clay.
  • The slip (water) and score (scratch) attach method was taught to the students. 
Student adding fish pieces to clay with slip and score method.

  • Students were allowed the remainder of the class period to decorate the bowls by adding rocks, plants, bubbles and multiple fish.
  • Pieces were collected and allowed to dry before firing in the kiln.
Day 2:
  • When student return to class, projects have been bisque fired.  A brief discussion is held on the difference between the clay from day 1 to day 2.
  • Students painted the pieces using tempera paints.
Painting project with tempera paints.

  • A gloss spray is applied to piece to prevent the paint from rubbing off.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Weaving Buddies

Second Grade Art Lesson
7 Class Periods

Weaving Buddies, Second Grade Art Lesson

Day 1:
  • Students began this lesson by going over weaving vocabulary.  Terms discussed:  loom, warp, warp threads, weft.
  • We discussed the many types of looms there are for weaving.  We also discussed what materials they could use to create a simple loom for themselves at home.
  • Students used crotchet thread to warp their loom.  Students were asked to have 6 warp threads in place and in the correct tension.
  • Next students selected a color to represent the hair on their weaving buddy.  The yarn was cut into 2 inch pieces and hooked under each warp thread.
Student adding hair to warp threads.

  • Skin color was selected next.  Students were demonstrated on how to thread their weaving needle and begin the weaving process of "over and under" of the warp threads.
Day 2:
  • Student continued to weave the face on their weaving buddy.
  • Once complete, a nose, mouth and eyes were glued on using a hot glue gun.
Day 3:
  • Students that needed to complete face continued to do so.
  • Students were taught how to braid knot four pieces of strings together to create the arms for the weaving buddy.  The arms were then woven through the warp threads.
Day 4:
  • Students began weaving the shirt for their weaving buddy.  Students were given a wide range of colors to select from and also the choice of doing solids or stripe patterns.
Day 5:
  • Students that needed to complete the shirt continued to do so.
  • Students that were ready moved on to the pants/shorts/skirt/dress option for their weaving buddy.
Day 6:
  • Students continued to weave legs.
Student weaving leg.
Day 7:
  • The weaving buddies were removed from loom.  Students were shown how to tie warp threads in place to keep the weaving from unraveling.
  • A piece of tagboard 6 x 12 inches was used to create a background for the weaving buddy. 
  • Weaving buddy was glued in place and students were allowed to cut or style hair as they saw fit for their buddy.
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