I've seen quite a bit recently about group circle painting and I knew I wanted to give it a try as the school year finally started to wind down. Seemed like a perfect one-day, end-of-the-year lesson. I was really excited to give it a shot, but not so sure about a collaborative circle painting effort amongst classes. At this point in the school year, tension is running high and many students need their personal space so-to-speak. I opted for everyone to make their own circle painting instead. I allowed everyone to choose a piece of 12x18 paper in a desired color. Before students arrived, I placed two cups of paint at each table. The rules were simple: 1) Only two people at one color 2) Move around the room with care 3) Brushes stay in the cups.
Friday, May 10, 2013
We had a printmaking workshop for teachers in the big green room yesterday! It was just what the doctor ordered for this time of the school year. This project was found at Cassie Stephens blogspot, so I owe all the credit to her! Making the gelatin for this printing project was not complex. I did store it in the refrigerator the first night after preparing it. The gelatin was poured into cookie sheets that I bought at the Dollar Store. So far, the gelatin has survived overnight without refrigeration after our first day workshop. Another group will be trying it today after school. The results are breathtaking! I really urge you to try it!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Vincent van Gogh Sunflower bulletin board was made by piecing together paintings created by Kindergarten. The kids loved this project, and I really enjoyed the simple supply list, but it entailed quite a bit of work on my end since I had each student paint their sunflower on really heavy, thick paper that became grueling to cut (it made me realize I can be such a glutton for pain sometimes). This was large paper too, about 18x24.
The next bulletin board is comprised of paintings made by 1st grade. I found this Matisse-inspired still-life project on Artsonia years ago and have used it quite a bit. The success rate is always high and it enforces warm and cool color families, plus printmaking. I get a kick out of the bird's eye view of the apples on the plate and the kids always love the professional look they can create just by adding the simple shadows. This year, I tried changing up the color palette for one class. In the background we used turquoise, green, yellow and brown. Forgive me, I didn't take pictures, but I was pleased with the results. The red apples really popped against this color combination!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
First graders combined portrait drawing and weaving to make this collage. We even mixed in a little mosaic work to finish it off. I found an image on Pinterest which led me to a great website: Ms. Motta's Mixed Media. Rachel's student artwork was the catalyst for this assignment! I wish I could say that I had dreamed it up myself (no pun intended!).....
Day #2: Students learned about portraiture and we talked about how our faces look different when we are sleeping compared to being awake. We used simple shapes and lines to draw a sleeping face and then traced it with Sharpie. Crayons were used for the skin tone, hair and other details.
Day #3: Students selected a large piece of 12x18 paper for the bed and a small 4.5x6 piece of paper for a pillow. Portraits were cut out and glued down along with the pillow and weaving (which had now turned into the blanket or sleeping bag as some students decided). Paper mosaic squares were added to finish the piece.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
If there is one clay project that I have really enjoyed over the years, this would be the one! I was inspired by a post at Mrs. Knight's Smartest Artists. I loved the idea of making a plant that would literally never die :) and knew we had to try it out!
I love how the pieces look together as a group!!