Third graders learned about Ted Harrison by looking at his artwork and discussing his style (not quite realistic, not quite abstract, but a bright and simple style that is distinctively his). We talked about background, middleground, and foreground as students drew their own landscapes with liquid glue. After the glue had dried, students used construction paper crayons (one of my favorite media for this age!) to add bold color to their black paper. I will add more pics next week as they finish these. :)
First graders used a watercolor resist technique to paint these spooky pictures. Students practiced drawing straight and curved lines as they made the webs. They were then asked to either paint with cool or warm colors.
After last week's project, kindergartners are now familiar with the terms "landscape" (we defined as "a picture of outside"), and symmetry (we defined as "same on both sides"). They painted fall trees by a pond and created a reflection by folding their papers while they were wet. It was also a great opportunity to reinforce proper use of painting materials and paint clean-up.
STR Partners is the architectural firm that designed Wilson Creek. Every fall, our students participate in their holiday card contest. This year, the theme is "My Holiday Selfie". Looking at drawings (K-5), I definitely think we will have a few winners this year!
Today over 2.5 million people in at least 115 countries will unite and collectively celebrate the power of creativity through Dot Day. This ever-increasing revolution of creativity has grown exponentially since it first debuted in an Iowa classroom in 2009 by Mr. Terry Shay.
The main idea of Dot Day is defined by the fact that “creativity, courage, and collaboration” can stem and exponentially grow from simply drawing a dot on a plain piece of paper. The inspiration behind Dot Day stems from Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot.
According to the celebration’s official website, “The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to ‘make her mark.’ What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing.”
We will be using this theme for the school wide art show in February.
If you haven't read the book yet, I highly encourage you to check it out from the library. Also, I was shocked to see that I had no polka-dot clothes! Tie-dye dot had to do.
When students finish their assignment, they are asked to look at the "Check List" poster on the wall. This way the can make sure their project is "CREATIVE, NEAT, COLORFUL, AND COMPLETE". They can then use the remainder of class to clean up and work in the art stations. I am looking to incorporate new stations throughout the year, so if you have ideas, please let me know! :)
To start off this project, I read "Hello Robots" to the class. We paid close attention to the shapes and details in the illustrations. The kids loved looking at the page where the robots got wet. :) After discussing the story and illustrations, first graders designed their own robots with basic geometric shapes, lines, and patterns. We took a short robot dance break (what would the fun of this project be if we couldn't listen to some '80s electronic music?) to figure out the robot poses. Finally, we practiced neat coloring with crayons and markers and our pictures crayon rubbing backgrounds.
Third graders started out the year by creating abstract flowers inspired by Wassily Kandinsky. The flowers were displayed by class.
Next, third graders began creating portraits. Correct placement and proportion of facial features was the focus of this project. These selfie portraits include not only drawing, but hashtags that express individual interests. They then gave their selfies a "Paul Klee filter" with wet tissue paper. I found the inspiration for incorporating Paul Klee on Pinterest (my favorite teacher tool!)
Kindergarteners spent last week covering abstract art. This week, we switched over to realism when we used a subject from real life: FALL LEAVES! So leaves have yet to change color outside, but with the Frankfort Fall Fest approaching this weekend, it feels like autumn is upon us.
Kindergarteners learned how to draw leaves by first tracing their hands. They then used water and tissue paper (as well as a little magic) to add color to their pictures. They turned out great!
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)!