Thursday, March 31, 2011

Clay Slab Tree Stump Contianers

I adapted this project from Ceramics for Kids by Mary Ellis, the students love it. All my clay projects are created in one class period 40 minutes, except things that are two parts. The air in my room is just too dry, and the most often I have seen my classes is every four days, some years every six days, this year once a week.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Paul Klee Faces

Paul Klee is always fun to introduce "Head of a Man" gets these funny looks. I ask what is this? A Head!! Why?? "It has eyes, in round shape" We use paper plates to trace the head, then talk about vertical, horizontal,  and diagonal lines, they add lines in the head, a neck and shoulders. At the end they add the eyes, nose, mouth and 3 other details like beards, and eyebrows. Lastly I let them add hair. Then we go over it with sharpie, and then we paint with neon tempera cakes. More pictures to come.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Don't Mask my Personality

Sixth Grade Masks- I put out mask prints and we discussed masks and the cultures that created them from the ancient to modern. The students were assigned to create a mask that reflected their personalities.   Some of my favorites were already on display the students photographed these for me.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Kindergarten O'Keefe Flowers

Our Kindergarten students sing an artist song, at their recognition program that includes Monet, Klee, and O'Keefe.  We create artwork that coordinates with the Artists and display them at the program. I hope to post the song soon. These are some O'Keefe inspired paintings from a few years ago. I also hope to post Klee and Monet inspired art as we finish this years.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Warm birds in cool Rain forest.

I found the concept for this project in Dynamic Art Projects for Children by Denise M. Logan. The bird is in warm colors and the background is cool colors with neutral brown for the branches.

The 4th grade animal project.

This is a project I have been doing for many years, we go to the library and research animals. We discuss things like habitat, texture, and proportion.  The student chose an animal to draw, then they add color and texture with fabric crayons. I iron the drawings onto cloth and then they sew them for pillows, it is one those projects that parents collect, and the students wait for usually at least a few students ask at the 1st art class "Are we making those pillows this year?". Last year the librarian and I added more research, and had the create a Wiki to coordinate with the project, using their drawings as illustrations. I will post the one from this year when we get it set up and have this years pictures in it.

The students do need to use some artistic creativity because the fabric crayons only come in 8 colors. 
These pictures are from a few years ago.

Value Snowman

I found this snowman at For the love of art she had used it for sixth grade, mine are 4th grade. Because it fit better into their curriculum.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Gumball Machines

This is a Gumball Machine made by my 4th graders, while we were working on drawing forms and PoP Art.