Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Geometric Crystals by 5th grade

Time is moving like crazy lately and I have not done a good job of posting about all of the great art learning happening in my classroom! Please forgive me!! I've been buried in clay and printmaking! Those projects will be coming to my blog soon.....

These geometric crystal paintings were completed back in our first unit of art class. The focus for my students was all about making values - tints and shades to model forms. Once the crystals were complete, students cut and glued them onto a piece of 9x12 paper that had been "texturized" using crayons and rubbing plates. Some really great work!! My inspiration for this assignment came from the wonderful, Mrs. Knight at Mrs. Knight's Smartest Artists blog.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

4th grade Tint & Shade Leaves

I revamped this assignment a little bit from last year and found it to be very successful and less time consuming. Click here for the old post. We worked on 9x12 art paper to draw the leaves and then students used one color plus black and white to make as many tints and shades as possible inside each leaf. When all the painting was done, we used oil pastels to redefine our drawings, cut out the finished leaves and glued onto colored construction paper. Teachers, the management portion of this lesson is a big one, and you will have much luck if you are in charge of pouring out paint in dime size amounts onto paper palettes! It's intensive, but worth it! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Indian Corn by 3rd grade

This observational drawing lesson was a lot of fun for my 3rd graders - I found the inspiration at Artsonia. It was a challenge, but very rewarding in the end. We talked about how artists draw still-lifes in order to practice and become better observers. We looked at real Indian corn and pictures of Indian corn to draw our work. Next year, I will have the students use oil pastels so that the colors of the corn are more striking and vibrant. I'm also thinking of using long, narrow paper and having them focus only on drawing one piece of corn. I learned that this drawing process (for my kids) was very time intensive, but completely worthwhile! William Harnett is a perfect tie-in!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Square One Fundraiser

Hello Parents! What did you think of your child's Square One fundraiser packet?! Aren't the stickers amazing? I am so excited for everyone because these personalized packets are truly exceptional and the stickers are yours to keep! I also think that the product line is wonderful! It's great working with a local company this year (they are based in Norcross). Thank you in advance for your support of Spalding Drive's Art Department. Each order helps generate funds towards art supplies. Orders may be made online or you can send in the form with your child and I will take it from there. OUR ORDER DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 21ST.

All of these pictures are a sampling of our masterpieces!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pumpkins Under a Twinkling Sky by 1st grade

1st graders packed in a lot of learning with this pumpkin project! I meshed together an older lesson about starry night skies with pumpkins and I'm pleased with the outcome (I was inspired by a post at Deep Space Sparkle). On day one, we practiced drawing stars first. Once students felt confident, they used oil pastels to draw stars all over a piece of 12x18 blue construction paper. They painted the paper using black tempera cakes to create a resist effect. 
On day two, we reviewed color mixing and talked about how to draw pumpkins. Students were encouraged to draw their own pumpkin really big onto a piece of 11x14 art paper using pencil. Then we mixed yellow and red paint directly on our paper to fill in our pumpkins! 

On day three, we colored in the stem, traced the lines of the pumpkin with crayon, cut out some grass and glued everything down. The final step was smudged chalk for the highlights and a simple shadow on the ground. If students felt that too many stars were covered up by the pumpkin, they drew more on!!