Third graders ended the year with a radial design project. Types of lines were reviewed as students created their own patterns. Since the weather has been so wonderful, we also took advantage of the clipboards and the art room's exterior door! :)
Third graders practiced making smooth, even pinch pots. They then used the "score and slip" method to attach details to create a variety of unique projects. After firing their greenware in the kiln, students used acrylic paints to add color.
Kindergarteners are studying Eric Carle in their classrooms, so I decided to have them create one more collage inspired by his illustrations. We read "Tiny Seed" at the beginning of class and then students used scissors, glue, and the contents of the recycling bin to create these lovely artworks. :)
Second graders got experience drawing the human form in motion. After looking at some Keith Haring artwork, students chose an action pose they wanted to draw. Students tried out the poses, to further understand how to draw their figure. This was a quick exercise to introduce them to figure drawing.
One of the moments I knew I loved art as a kid was watching my older cousin draw one day. She made a large loopy line that filled up her paper. Then, she looked at it for awhile and decided it looked like a dragon to her. She added details and color to create her dragon.
After the sole pendants were hung, 5th graders still had half a class left. It was the perfect amount of time for this exercise. I had 5th graders create their own curvy, loopy lines (while keeping their wrists loose). The creativity that came out of my students from there was neat to watch.
This is a lesson from Mrs. Ambrosini and it has been a tradition for 5th grade for many years. Students create a textured pendants using the soles of their shoes. They then paint these pendants and have the option to also use powdered metallic pigments. All 5th graders wear their pendants at the 5th grade award assembly on the last week of school. It's a fun project and is also a sign that the end of the year is here!
First graders are currently learning about "solid figures" in math. First grade teachers asked if we could practice drawing these geometric forms in art. The forms covered were cylinders, cubes, rectangular prisms, cones, and pyramids. It was very impressive to see how well (and how quickly) these young students picked up this new drawing skill.
I am a K - 5th grade art teacher at Wilson Creek Elementary and Anna McDonald School in Manhattan, IL. I am also a mother of two little girls (who share my love of art)!