Monday, November 13, 2017

Leaf Dot Painting

Leaf Dot Painting
3 Class Periods

Leaf Dot Painting, Fourth Grade Art Lesson

Day 1: 

Have students choose an 8 x 10 piece of construction paper in a warm hue.  Students then select a leaf pattern.  The leaf pattern is cut and traced upon the construction paper.  Students are instructed to outline the leaf with a bold black line using a sharpie marker.

Day 2: 
Students viewed a YouTube clip on the culture and art style of Aborigine artists.  Students learned that Aboriginal art relates to nature, is painted in earth tones and is shown usually from a bird's eye view.

Students used paint in warm hues and white to paint dots within their leaf on the construction paper.  We used a Q-tip to create the dots.  Students were reminded to keep the dots in a line and to make sure there is a bit of space between each dot.
Dotting leaf with warm colors.

Day 3:
On the third day students cut their leaf out from the warm colored construction paper and glued it onto a cool hue construction paper (8 x 10 inches).  I next demonstrated to students how to begin with black paint and divide up the space around the leaf.  I told students to use the veins of the leaf as their guide and if large areas of negative space still existed, divide those in half.

Dividing up the negative space with black paint.
Students then used paint in cool hues to continue dotting the background of the composition.  We reviewed Aborigine art style characteristics.
Dotting the background.

Day 4:
You do not need a whole class period for this last step, but it can't be done till the paint dries from the previous step.  As a finishing touch have students mount their final piece of work onto a warm colored piece of construction paper (9 x 12 inches). 

Student Examples:


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Prehistoric Art in the Making

My first grade students today tackled some prehistoric art.  We discussed and examined images from the Lascaux caves located in southwestern France.  There are over 600 wall paintings decorated on the walls and ceiling of the cave that date back to 17,000 BP.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Picasso Frankensteins

First Grade Art Lesson
2 Class Periods
Picasso Frankensteins, First Grade Art Lesson
Day 1:
Students viewed the following YouTube clip on Pablo Picasso A Lesson on Pablo Picasso.  We only viewed the first part of the clip and I turned it off when it went over the self-portrait lesson, since we were going to be making a different project.  I found this YouTube clip to be very informative and grade level appropriate.

After viewing the clip and discussing The Three Musician composition by Pablo Picasso in some detail, students were given the details about the monster, Frankenstein.  Many students had heard of Frankenstein, but lots of them did not know the details of the actual story.  We had a great discussion on how important  it is to treat others with kindness and compassion even though their outer appearance may be different than ours.

To begin students were given a 12 x 18 inch piece of white construction paper.  Students were instructed to glue a 4 x 12 inch black strip of construction paper along the bottom of the white paper.  We discussed how we were creating a portrait and portraits are usually taken from the chest up.  Students quickly realized that the black strip was Frankenstein's shirt. 

A green square ( 2 x 4 inches) was then glued to the center of the black strip.  Students then picked out two different shade of green construction paper (7.5 x 10 inches).  A demonstration was given on how to draw a line one of the green pieces to create a nose.  Students cut on the line and glued that onto the 2nd shade of green construction paper.

Ears were then cut out and glued on.  We reminded ourselves of the characteristics of Picasso's cubist portraits and students were reminded that it was acceptable to have the ears different shapes, colors and glued in different positions.

Day 2:
During this class period we reviewed the things we learned about Pablo Picasso, cubism and abstract art.  Students were shown how to create the hair out of black construction paper (2 x 7.5 inches), the mouth and eyes and teeth.  Additional details (stitches, bolts, pupils, etc.) were added with a black sharpie marker.
Student adding additional details.

Student Examples:

Those incredible SkEtChbOOk Drawings!

Just had to share these two first grade sketchbook drawings that caught my eye.  Great use of space, fantastic coloring and so creative! My art teacher heart is so happy!!!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Eric Carle's Grouchy Ladybugs

3 class periods

Eric Carle's Grouchy Ladybug, Kindergarten Art Lesson

I haven't done this project in a few years.  It may be due to the time it takes to cut and prep the paper for this project or it may be due to the mess created from painting with kindergarten students.  One thing is for sure though, these grumpy bugs sure are cute, and once again, I discovered it definitely is worth the mess and paper prepping.

The colors we painted for this project are red, red-orange, black, blue-black, green, yellow-green, light blue or light purple.  You can click my link from the first time I did this lesson to get further details about the artist and the steps.  The Grouchy Ladybug

To make it a bit easier for those of you who are new to the teaching world and would like to know a few more steps, I listed below the paper sizes I used for this lesson:

8 x 8 inch white tagboard (background)
3 x 8 inch green paper (grass)
6 x 6 inch red paper (ladybug's body)
2 x 8 inch black paper (spots)
3 x 3 inch black paper (head and legs)
3 x 3 inch light purple paper (eyes and antennas)

Happy Ladybug Making!

Examples from this school year:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Masks 2017

Here are some wonderful examples of fourth grade masks from this school year.  To learn more about the process check out my step by step directions on Rigid Wrap Masks.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Eau Claire Marathon 2017

May 7, 2017

Today I tackled my first marathon relay with 4 amazing teammates.  We all did better than we could imagine with our overall finishing time of 3 hours 50 minutes and 11 seconds.  Out of 89 female teams we came in 10th!
Team:  Keep'n It Fancy.

This was an exciting experience that provided us with a sense of adventure, comradery, accomplishment and pride.  I look forward to tackling this race again!

Me in action.  I ran the first leg of the race.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Keith Haring Clay Tiles

First Grade
3 Class Periods
Keith Haring Clay Tiles, First Grade Art Lesson

About The Artist:
Artist Keith Haring.

Keith Haring was born May 4, 1958.  He is considered a Pop Artist or Graffiti Artist.  Keith drew as a child and was inspired by his father's cartoon drawings.  By the age of 19, Haring had his first public art show.  Keith's artwork is know for it's bold outlines, dynamic color and cartoon style.  Fame and fortune came early in Keith's career.  In 1988 he was diagnosed with AIDS.  He spent the rest of his career raising awareness for the disease through his artwork.  He lost his battle with the disease in 1990.  He was only 32 years old.
Radiant Baby by Keith Haring.

Day 1:
Students were each handed a 5x5 inch slab of clay pre-cut into a square shape.  (If time allows or if you plan on doing this with older students you could have them roll out the slab and cut it out themselves.  Due to the length of my class period and the age level, I thought it best to have these ready for the students when they came in.  Students used a needle tool to write their name and class code on the back.

Students were then given a small amount of clay which they rolled into a small ball.  They gently flattened it with their thumb to create the head.  Students were given a demonstration on how to slip and score the head piece to the square slab.

Next students were given a rectangle shape.  Students spliced the rectangle from the center down to form two legs.  This was then attached to the square slab under the head through slip and score technique.
Slip and scoring body and legs on to slab.

The arms were created next.  A small rectangle piece of clay was handed out to each student.  Students were shown how to cut the piece in half and and attach it to form two arms.
Attaching arms.

As a finishing step on this day, students used clay tools to incorporate designs and patterns around the figure.  Two holes were poked through the top for the hanger, that will would be built on day 3.
Adding designs around figure.

Day 2:

Glazing tips and guidelines were provided to the students.  They spent the class period glazing their clay tiles.  The only rule was the figure had to be glazed in one color only to represent the style of Keith Haring's figure paintings.

Day 3:
Students were shown how to twist one end of a  pipe cleaner through one of the holes in their clay tile.  Beads were strung on the pipe cleaner and the remaining end of the pipe cleaner was pulled through the second hole and twisted to stay in place.
Beading the pipe cleaner.

Student Examples: