Welcome to Dream, Draw Create! This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
This lesson was a quick forty minute lesson which involved many different mediums such as crayon, regular and chunky, pastel, and paint. Many concepts, and methods of application of the various mediums were introduced and reviewed. For instance we discussed the smooth texture we achieve when a crayon is rubbed on its side on paper. We also spoke about value and how we could get a light or dark shade by the pressure that was applied on the crayon.
Before the trees were drawn the paper was folded in half and then black pastel was used for drawing the trees on the folded line. The bold pastel lines, the use of thick and think lines for branches helped to create a nice focal point for these pieces. Movement was also discussed and how it would look like a windy day if the branches of the trees were bent or curved.
Students could either portray the leaves reflecting in a body of water or simply have them appear to be falling on the ground.
Other elements were added with crayon such as animals, roads, fences, pumpkins and mountains. The real fun began when I passed out pom pons clipped to a clothes pin. These became our painting tools when dipped in muted tones of paint. The children enjoyed dabbing the leaves on the branches of the trees and then quickly folding and pressing the wet paint onto the bottom of their paper creating a reflection.
Monday, October 6, 2014
We looked at several of his images and discussed the bright colors, bold black lines and shapes before we set off to work.
We began by cutting circle and oval stencil shapes from paper. We used the negative shape and drew around the edge with colored chalk. The stencil was placed on the white background paper and the chalk was rubbed in the negative space. I love the soft look of the chalk on the paper.
Next black ink was passed out and the students were to pretend they were dancing across their paper to create rhythmic lines that swirled and moved across the picture plane.
Samples of Miro's lines were on display for the students to reference as well . But mostly I wanted the students to feel the carefree motion of their paint brush in their hands. I pointed out that it was a good idea to hold the end of their paint brush as they painted to achieve a carefree line.
The following week we again observed some of Miro's paintings and talked about abstract art. The children commented on images they saw in his work. The conversation became quite lively and engaging.
Scrap boxes, scissors and glue were set out and the students examined their work to see if they could find an image to build upon. We discussed Halloween briefly and thought it would be fun to create our very own monsters from our work. Colorful cut out shapes were added for bodies and black crayon was used to add any detail needed for facial features, hair, legs and the like.
The students felt happy and satisfied with their creations and I was also pleased with the many concepts and techniques they had learned in this art history lesson.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Each table had a still life set up for the students to observe and draw from. Sharpies were used to outline the pencil drawing, lastly watercolor paint was applied to complete the project.
Here is lower elementary's interpretation of Van Gogh's Sunflower's.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
I began the lesson by showing the students images of DuChamp's painting and we looked closely to see how movement was achieved. We noted the repetition of the figure in the painting. The monochromatic color scheme helped the students see the progression of the descending figure.
I then photographed the students in a action pose. The images were printed and the contour of the image was cut out. A variety of paper was set out for the students to choose from. They traced their image on at least three or four sheets of colored paper, cut them out, then arranged them on background paper to create a composition demonstrating the principle of movement. As you can see their work is very unique and if you knew them you would agree it reflects their personalities.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Some of my students chose to add the black outline before the wash was added while others chose to use the black for definition afterwards.
Since the children in this group are first grade through third grade students, the results show a wide range of skill sets.