Here is a logo that was created by all of the art teachers at the Becker Schools and was designed by Ms. Lessard! You will be seeing this logo in the schools and postcards that will be sent home for certain art lessons.
The 5th grade will begin learning about Japan and Koi Fish. We will learn step-by-step how to make Koi Fish from the Aerial View.
5th graders will be reviewing what warm and cool colors are by using warm colors for the fish and cool colors for the water.
For the water part we will sprinkle salt on the wet paint and watch the salt collect the paint leaving a speckled design. It's a really cool, simple effect!
I've been using today to find great art lessons and I was looking on Artolazzi Blog and found this awesome video about working as a group, painting at the same time to make circles and lines. No thinking, just painting!
The group of people in the video below are apart of a community class lead by artist/activist Nobuko Yamamoto and Hiep Nguyen. This was a group of 30 people with 30 different faiths coming together to make ONE single art piece.
The 4th graders will start to learn about Russian Architecture very soon so I thought I would post this link of a 360º view of St. Basil's Cathedral and the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. We spend some time learning about Onion Domes and how to make them. This project is one of my favorites and I think the students like it too!
The first day students will color their entire paper with oil pastels, making sure they are coloring in every white spot. The students will then paint over their color with black paint.
The next art time students will learn how to make their own Onion Dome towers using a step-by-step sheet that they are each given for help. They will use repeating pattern to make each of their Onion Domes unique.
Today being the first day of school I didn't have any students so while sitting alone in my classroom, staring at my lessons, going over and over them, I realized I wanted to do something different with my 5th graders.
We will still be making collages but our collages will be about creating people in motion using black cut-outs like the artist, Henri Matisse. We'll create a background of colorful shapes and then cut out ovals to create human forms. I got this idea from one of my favorite blogs, Deep Space Sparkle. The difference between the example from Deep Space Sparkle is their forms have clothes, ours will just be the silhouette of the human. The human silhouettes will be the emphasis of our art. Emphasis means the main part of the piece of art, the focal point. I thought this project sounded fun and interesting, the kids will get to be creative with their compositions.
This may seem a little easy for 4th graders to do but I like to refresh their memory since in 4th grade we do more mixing of colors. The 4th grade will be making their own color wheel using only Primary Colors: Red, Yellow and Blue. It's amazing to watch kids realize that 2 colors make another! This is only a one day project so we move on to more exciting things soon!
I like to start the year talking with the 3rd graders about how to be artists even if they don't feel like one. The first project we'll read the book, The Dot, which is about a girl who thinks she can't be an artist. We also read another book called Beautiful Oops. Beautiful Oops is about turning mistakes into art. Below is a video of the author of Beautiful Oops, creating his own "Oops" art.
The 3rd grade will make their own artwork of dots and lines, starting with Sharpie Marker, NO PENCIL! That way they learn how to makes mistakes and turn them into something beautiful. After we finish outlining the shapes and lines, we'll paint them with tempera cakes.
I saw this video a while back and thought it was a very interesting way of introducing sculptures into everyday life. I wish I could see this in real life, it would make my day!
Today I spent the majority of the day painting...and watching Mad Men simutaneoulsy. I wanted to finish my paintings before school started so of course I wait until the last weekend to actually finish but they turned out well.
For some reason I enjoy painting everyday, mundane objects especially objects that have cords or wire. I like the intricacy of the cords and how detailed I can get in such a small area. To the left is one painting of Christmas lights. I know I'm a little early to be painting lights but I knew if I didn't do it now I wouldn't have time to do it. This photo is a little shiny because there is still paint drying.
I thought I would add a blog onto my website so I can show other fun art projects, pictures of works in progress and share my thoughts about how awesome art is!
We are one long weekend away from starting the first week of school. A week ago I didn't feel ready but now that I've started making seating charts and thinking of upcoming lessons the teaching bug is getting there!
While following the blog, Adventures of an Art Teacher, I found this great example of texture. There are soooo many amazing art blogs out there! I'll try to link as many as I can.
One project that I really, really want to do with my 5th graders is this clotheslines idea I saw, again, on Adventures of an Art Teacher. She had her students paint a monochromatic sky and then use fabric to cut out their own clothes for their clothes line. I think this is beautiful and creative, I am a little obsessed with this project.
I'm in my 6th year teaching art in Becker, MN. Time has really flown by! Wowza!