I found this lesson on a blog, Mr. Knight's Smartest Artists and I thought it looked so amazingly awesome that the 5th graders should give it a try! This project will introduce Op Art, an art style that incorporates optical illusions by using contrast and color that create movement. The students will be using 1 point perspective to create their Op Art. By using perspective their art will look 3-dimensional.
When the students begin coloring their artwork they will be using complementary colors. Complementary colors are colors that are opposite on the color wheel. Colors that are complementary would be: Red and Green, Orange and Blue, or Purple and Yellow
This art lesson is a great way to learn about an artist, a culture and self-portraits.
Frida Kahlo is an artist from Mexico who was known for her self-portraits, a picture you draw of yourself.
In Frida Kahlo's portraits there are some things that you notice right away like her unibrow, the animals that surround her and nature in the background. The 3rd graders will be drawing self-portraits similar to Frida Kahlo's. Their portraits need to have at least one animal, be a drawing of themselves and plants/flowers in the background.
The students will be using oil pastel to color their entire paper and then use the black oil pastel to outline everything.
I thought this video was too fun not to post! The guys in this video are from the band OK GO and they showed this on Sesame Street!
The 4th graders are starting a more difficult art project, they are learning about perspective. Perspective is used to create an illusion of space and depth on a flat surface. Students will draw shapes and then use the Vanishing Point to make their shapes look 3-Dimensional. This project is good for connecting Math and Art because I use math terms like Parallel and Angles.
I'm in my 6th year teaching art in Becker, MN. Time has really flown by! Wowza!