5th Graders have been working on animal carvings inspired by artwork found in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Students first draw their animal on paper - they choose a realistic animal that has unrealistic patterns
Once done with paper, they get a piece of metal foil (it's thicker than aluminum foil, around 36 gauge)
They lay the metal underneath the paper drawing and use a pencil to redraw everything. By redrawing everything, students create an indent in the metal - This is also called Embossing.
They colored the flipped side of the metal (the side that has the raised patterns) with sharpies using unrealistic colors.
The 4th graders have started making a landscape of Birch Trees.
Their trees need to show space by using foreground, middle ground and background correctly. The students will be using masking tape to make their trees.
Once they finish taping their trees they will use watercolors to paint their sky. If you look at the sky closely, you'll notice it had a marbled texture. This texture is created by using salt. When the watercolor paint is still wet sprinkle some salt ontop and the salt will absorb some of the paint! So cool, so simple!
The ground will be left white, so it looks like snow, except they will be painting shadows for the trees. After the watercolor had dried they will peel off the tape to reveal a white birch tree. Then students will draw black horizontal lines to complete their birch trees. They will also paint half of the tree a light gray to show value
When we create this landscape, I also like to talk about how important the Birch Tree is the Native Americans. The birch trees are a very important part of the Native American culture, especially the Ojibwe tribe. Native Americans use the birch bark to make containers, wigwams and canoes.
The 4th graders have started to make two words look 3-Dimensional by using 1-Point Perspective.
I start by having the students draw their name in BOX letters, outlining it with black sharpie markers and then coloring it in too.
Below, is the handout that I give the students to show how to draw box letters.
Then they draw a vanishing point. This point is where all of the lines will disappear to. All corners, unless they run into their letter right away, are connected. If the eventually run into a letter, they stop.
They first draw in pencil and the outline the lines with sharpie pen.
They complete this lesson by using colored pencil and show changing VALUE. Value is the light and dark of a color. The value is dark by the letters and slowly gets lighter the closer the color gets to the vanishing point
I'm in my 6th year teaching art in Becker, MN. Time has really flown by! Wowza!