We are starting out the new year with one of most "asked about" lessons...CASTLES! We learn about using 2 point perspective to make their castles look more realistic.
• Horizon Line - The horizon line is where the land (or sea) and sky meet.
• Vanishing Point - the point beyond which something disappears or ceases to exist
• Horizontal - Left to Right & Vertical - Up and Down
• Parallel - Lines that can go on forever without ever crossing.
• Horizontal Lines are angled to a Vanishing Point
• Vertical Lines run Parallel
• Draw Lightly!
• Use a Rule
The 5th Graders have been obsessed with Origami lately so I finally gave in and am doing an origami based lesson but with a twist.
The 5th graders must use their Origami to make Radial Symmetry. The may either use the origami that I show them or they can come up with their own.
They must use the same color and do the exact same origami - then they place & glue them in the correct sections on their black paper.
Below are 5 videos of examples of some of the origami they can use.
Below is a video that shows how to organizing your finished origami
4th graders are having a great time creating their own version of Keith Haring Graffiti.
In this lesson, we look at the Artist, Keith Haring and his artwork.
We talk about how to make a drawing look like it is moving by adding "Action Lines"
They first draw in pencil, outline in sharpie marker and then add color.
Their people must have:
1. Action Lines
2. Black Outline around shape
3. Solid Color
4. No Details inside of Graffiti
4th graders are starting to make color wheel posters.
We will actually start out by painting and mixing the colors on separate paper and then cutting out shapes and arranging on another paper. This way everything can be arranged and done neatly.
We have 4 vocabulary words for this art lesson
1. Primary Colors - Blue, Red & Yellow - These colors make the rest of the colors
2. Secondary Colors - Orange, Purple & Green -These colors are created when you mix 2 Primary Colors together
3. Intermediate Colors - These colors are in between a Primary & Secondary color - like yellow-green or red-orange
4. Complimentary Colors - These are colors opposite on the color wheel - like Red & Green, Blue & Orange and Yellow & Purple
Below is a delightful video about the primary colors performed by a band called OK GO.
Here's a great, quick video to learn a little more about this famous painting.
September 15th is international dot day so the 3rd graders are creating artwork inspired by a lovely book called "The Dot." Each third grader is given a square piece of paper and then they trace a quarter of a circle in black crayon. Students draw abstract art by drawing shapes and lines in crayon and then paint inside the shapes and lines.
When 4 papers are put together they create a full circle, as seen on the right.
Below is a video of "The Dot"
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!
Elements of Design or they are also called the Elements of Art are a very important part when making art. This video is fantastic at explaining and seeing the elements.
The elements of design art: Line, Shape, Form, Space, Color, Value and Texture.
*** I'm still looking for a good video about the Principles of Art: Balance, Emphasis, Movement, Pattern, Rhythm, Contrast and Unity.
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.
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'm in my 6th year teaching art in Becker, MN. Time has really flown by! Wowza!