Sunday, September 14, 2014

Color Collage by 2nd grade

The inspiration for these lovely color collages comes from Mrs. Knight's Smartest Artists. On day one, I asked my students to think of a color they would enjoy illustrating. We spent a lot of time talking about how to go about this and I demonstrated quite a bit. We folded a piece of drawing paper in half two times to create four rectangles - the perfect drawing space to create four illustrations to represent the chosen color. Sharpie and crayon were used to finish. On day two, students glued their illustrations onto a  matching piece of construction paper. I made a sheet of alphabet letters for them to use so they could spell out their color for the center of the collage. This was a nice way to emphasize and pull it all together with a literacy connection. The last step was to add a border around the edge and the color word to jazz it all up!

Friday, September 12, 2014

4th grade Illustrated Nouns

4th graders began their work in art this year illustrating a noun of choice. We spent the first day brainstorming and sketching. Students were invited to be as creative as possible - especially when designing the lettering, to make everything work together and reflect the chosen theme. On day two, we made the final copy on art paper using sharpie, crayons and watercolors. I was really impressed by the work (and my heart is totally attached to Fruit.......)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Name Abstractions by 3rd grade

This was a great beginning to 3rd grade this year - it allowed my students a chance to practice drawing letters in block style as well as loosen up and go with the flow when things didn't always turn out perfectly. We talked about how the imperfections of our work bring them to life and make them much more interesting. On day one, students practiced on a piece of square copy paper, in order to gain confidence in filling the space as well as to practice creating block/bubble style letters. Because some names are short and others long, the kids had to problem solve how they would make it work.

On day two, we lightly sketched onto art paper referring to our sketches from the previous week. 
Black paint was used to fill in the forms. 

On day three, we made "walls" around the outside and inside of the letters to make a barrier in order to prevent the black tempera from coming back to life :) We also added patterns on top of the letters - we used construction paper crayons. Then students used Crayola watercolors to add paint to any white areas of the paper. These look so cool, especially when grouped together!