Sunday, June 4, 2017

Kindergarten Nevelson Sculptures

This lesson is one of my perennial favorites - found-object assemblages with Louise Nevelson. What a fun time Kindergartners had stacking, arranging and building their sculptures. The lesson does require a bit of prep for the teacher, but it's quite worthwhile. I put together trays of scrap cardboard pieces, woodsie shapes, popsicle sticks, clothespins (large and tiny found at the Dollar Tree), cardboard egg containers and itty bitty pencils that have been collected over time. The cardboard base for each child measured at around 8x11. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed! The final touch was the drippy gold tempera paint.......I think if Louise had walked into our classroom, she would have been proud!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pre-K Daisies

Look at these sweet daisies made by my littlest friends in the art room, Pre-K! This is a one-day lesson for the littles that they make on 12x12 art paper. The process is quite simple - drawing and painting - and only requires a few supplies for the teacher to assemble ahead of time - yellow construction paper crayons, yellow & orange oil pastels and watered down green paint, pencils and brushes.
Before the kids come, the teacher will pre-trace a circle in the middle of each paper for a starting point.

Using pencil, show the kids how to jump around the center of the flower to create the petals. If possible, show off some real daisy flowers - observation is such a powerful thing! Once the drawing step is complete, have them color the center of the flower using the yellow construction paper crayon. For the petals, I showed the kids how to use the yellow oil pastel first. Then we blended some orange oil pastel on top. To make everything look a little more natural, I showed them how to use the yellow oil pastel again to smear the two colors together - loads of fun! The finishing touch is the green paint for the background!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Heart Work!

This post should have hit the blog about a month ago during the month of February when we were inspired by all things Jim Dine and the power of symmetry. Here we are a month later and as I think about it, hearts are a worthy symbol that can be celebrated during any month of the school year! So, let these projects inspire something "heart-ish" for your art room :) Please enjoy the assortment of work below and add a comment if you would like details on anything in particular!

Pre-K Heart Variations:

Kindergarten Heart Collage:

1st grade Bold Hearts (two styles):

Friday, February 24, 2017

2nd grade Favorite Food Ads

This is such a fun project and the kids really get into it - we talk about advertising and graphic design and how important clear, bold lettering/illustration is when putting together a successful advertisement to catch the viewer's attention. I was astounded at all the extra wording the kids were adding to their favorite food ads (buy one, get one free, gluten-free, kids eat free, etc.) - a clear sign that they have been influenced by successful advertisement! Students first created a border using a ruler. They were asked to fill the border with a pattern. Then they got to work on hand-lettering and illustration to convey a favorite food! This idea was inspired by a project idea I came upon years ago at Artsonia.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1st grade Family Portraits and Still-Lifes

The nouns of art are so important and I really make an effort to focus on each one of them with all of my grade levels. This past fall, 1st graders spent time discussing the nouns of art. Having already touched on landscapes during October, we picked up with family portraits and potted plant still-lifes to round out our learning. The kids drew a portrait of their family on a sheet of fancied up copy paper (I drew a frame around the edge). I emphasized how shapes and lines are great for building people. We started with placing circles in the empty space for each family member. Then I showed how to build the neck, shoulders and upper bodies using lines. The kids soaked it all up and impressed me with their ingenuity!

On another day, the kids made still-lifes that were inspired by illustrations of potted plants (that came from a grocery store coloring book). We discussed once again using lines and shapes to build the pots first and then the plants. I encouraged my students to draw big and fill the space, plus include a background. 1st graders are so cool - they melt my heart with their work!