Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kindergarten: Elmer Collages

These kindergarten collages are inspired by the book, Elmer by David McKee. 

3rd Grade: Self-Portraits inspired by Modigliani

 Third grade artists learned about the Italian painter, Amedeo Clemente Modigliani. Modigliani painted highly stylized portraits. He used stylized shapes and painted long, oval faces with elongated necks and long limbs.
Students drew self-portraits influenced by Modigliani’s style. We used oil pastels to create these interesting portraits.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Life Skills/Emotional Support: Model Magic Monsters

   I read the story, Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty. My life skills and emotional support students used Model Magic to form a monster. We added beads, wires and painted them with liquid watercolors.

Kindergarten: Beautiful Oops!

   I read the story, Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg. This interactive book shows students how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. Kindergarten artists picked out a scrap piece of paper and used their imagination to turn it into a work of art!

3rd Grade: Building Prints

   On the first day of this lesson students review the warm and cool colors and create two paintings using liquid watercolors. On the second day students create a printing plate out of foam. We do a printing project in second grade so most students remember the process from the year before. Students drew buildings/cities/houses and added details. 
   On the third day students used black ink to make prints onto the watercolor paintings they had created. We talked about reflections and how to make them by folding the paper with the ink. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

1st Grade: Heart Mosaics

This was a simple, one-day project with my first graders. We looked at examples of different types of mosaics and drew a heart for the subject of our paper mosaics.

Monday, February 17, 2014

2nd Grade: Jim Dine Weavings

On the first day of this lesson we looked at paintings by Jim Dine and reviewed warm and cool colors. Students looked at his expressionistic brush strokes and mimicked them in two oil pastel drawings. On the second and third days students learned how to create a loom and weave the papers together.