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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Line Design

This is a lesson that reinforces the elements of art and principles of design (line,color, pattern and repetition).  We start out by dividing a 12x18 sheet of white paper with a black marker. Students may divide the paper using any type of line, remembering to make large sections to design in. After they divide the paper students use colored markers and begin designing using as many types of lines they can think of. (I have a large patter and line poster in the room when students seem to get blocked for ideas). I tell the students not to color in sections  but use the lines as the filler.
 
 
 
 
 





 










This Quality check board serves two purposes, one to show students what type of quality work I expect on all projects and this serves as a large scale rubric to show them what score is possible for the quality they give me on this Line Design project.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cookie Monster Painting

 
 
Kindergarten "Cookie Monster Painting" was fun, the kids really enjoyed painting their cookie monster and adding brown and black for the cookies.  This lesson focused on texture and color. Below are a few examples of Cookie Monster.
 
 







Monday, February 18, 2013

Edvard Munch

 
 
 
Edvard Munch's "Scream"is one of my favorite lessons to do with my 7th and 8th grade students.
We start by discussing Edvard Munch and examine his work. I pose this question to the class to spark a discussion "Why is the character screaming in the painting?" I love looking at my students faces after I ask this question because you can see that the wheels are turning and the imaginations are flying. Below are a few of my examples I will post the student examples as soon as they are finished.
 This was done on 12x18 white paper with watercolor paint. My students used tempera.
 
 
 
 
 
 Embarrassment


 Fear

Frustration

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Symmetrical Faces


 This is a lesson that I do every year with my fourth grade classes. They love being able to create any face they want.  
 
  Step one take two pieces of 9x12 contrasting colors of construction paper and fold them in half.
If you fold it the long way the face will be elongated and if you fold it the short way like a book, the face will be wide.





 
 
 
Now, after you fold both sheets, cut them in half on the folded crease. Take one half of your paper and draw half of a face.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now, place both halves together and you'll get one whole face. Use the extra scraps to add details. I usually give my students specific details to add to see their cutting and gluing skills.(three part eyes, hair, neck and shoulders to start).



 Here are a few finished and almost finished pieces.