Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Egyptian Sarcophagus - Grade 6

These Egyptian sarcophagus's were created in collaboration with my grade 6 students unit on Egypt.
The students began by covering a cardboard form with paper mache which was then painted gold.
The next step was to paint the image of an Egyptian God on the sarcophagus.  
The background was created with a textured roller.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Playful Penguins by Grades 1,2 and 3

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted on my blog.
I have a new computer after my PC broke back in the Fall.  I now own a Mac and am learning how to use it.  So far I love it.
These penguin paintings were done by my lower elementary students.  At my montessori school I see a blended class of first, second and third graders.  It can be challenging.  These paintings helped reinforce some basic painting skills while reviewing shape and pattern.  They were fun and light hearted and a nice way to celebrate winter.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Valuable Owls

This is a repeat of an old favorite.  Students in grade 4 learned about value.  They practiced mixing paint and adding purple or blue to their white paint to create rings around the moon.  
The black silhouetted owls on a tree branch added a touch of whimsy to this valuable lesson.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween art - Grades 4, 5 and 6

Some fun Halloween samples from my elementary students. They always come up with some pretty creative ideas!  I love in particular the pumpkins where we drew with white chalk, colored with pastels, then washed with India ink and rinsed.  Enjoy!  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Adirondack Landscapes - Grade 3

My lower elementary students did a wonderful job with this lesson on landscape painting.  This past summer Georgia O'Keefe had an exhibit at the nearby Hyde Museum.  Because my students are all familiar with Lake George, it was easy for my them to understand how O'Keefe was inspired by this beautiful region. 
I recently was inspired by a lesson over at PAINTED PAPER, please check it out http://paintedpaperintheartroom.blogspot.com/2013/09/lake-george-ny-landscapes.html

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Abstract art with middle school

My middle school students did a great job on this lesson on abstract art.  I was pleased with the uniqueness of each one of them.  
We began by painting their names.  I wanted to start them off with a recognizable object as well as one that had personal meaning to them.  They were encouraged to layer their paints, add texture and freely go about the lesson as they saw fit.

The next step was to cut up their completed paintings and re-arrange them into a interesting and abstract composition.  
It was a nice way of going from realistic to abstract.  It helped the students to create a piece which otherwise can be challenging.  
We talked about how abstract art can be uncomfortable with no recognizable objects involved.  We looked at the works of many different abstract artists.  We understood by the end of the lesson that abstract art is open to interpretation. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

An introduction to Chuck Close - Middle School

I have wanted to do a Chuck Close lesson with my middle school students for quite some time now.     I had the pleasure of seeing him a year ago at the NYSATA conference in New York city and it was truly inspiring. 
 I have seen several lessons on other blogs such as http://www.theartofed.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Chuck-Close-Grid-Drawing.pdf  and took inspiration from them.
We began this lesson by using my students school photos.  I used photo shop to prepare a black and white sketch of each student.  A grid was drawn on 9" x 12" white drawing paper which incorporated measuring and ruler skills.  Their digital images were then placed underneath this grid and the contour of their image was outlined with pencil and later sharpie markers.  We discussed the importance of color and the students were encouraged to use an analogous color scheme.  If a cool color scheme was used in the background it was suggested that a warm color scheme should be chosen for their portrait image.  Once these choices were made it was time to think about texture and pattern which would be incorporated onto the grid. 
  In addition to learning about this relevant artist, it was a wonderful opportunity to study color, value, and texture. 
 This lesson took four forty minute classes to complete. It was a very challenging and worthwhile lesson for the students.  It was interesting to see the variety of interpretations that they came up with.
 If you have not seen the You tube video CBS This Morning:Artist Chuck Close writes note to younger self I would highly recommend it.