Parents, as you unpack those backpacks, here are some tips for what to do with all that artwork the kids made this year and has hopefully made it home in good condition. Check out the following two posts from last spring on storing and displaying your favorite pieces from this year.
Have a wonderful, restful, exciting summer! Let's do it's all again in the fall.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This adorable illustration by artist Ben Javens was the inspiration for our last week of art activity. I had originally seen this image on Pinterest, then I saw a lesson similar on "Lessons from the K-12 artroom" blog and I thought it would be a perfect drawing for the last week of school and the start of summer. I added the option of a watermelon wedge for the non-corn enthusiasts (can there be such a a thing?) This was a "draw with me" style lesson, as I have discovered that open-ended lessons are nightmarish during the last days of school, but I did encourage personal choices in the details, patterns and color choices. It was a great review on geometric shapes and overlapping, and the kids find step-by-step drawing very relaxing. Happy summer (eating)!
|My demo board after steps are complete|
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Kindergarteners are finishing up an in-depth unit on art from long, long ago - Prehistoric times! We made cave drawings, studied Stonehenge, imagined a dinosaur landscape, and built fossils. Clay fossils are fun to make by pressing dino toys and bones, plants, and shells into clay slabs, then covering them with "mud" paint and rinsing it away to create the look of a fossil that has been buried for thousands of years.
Stonehenge is a very early example of post-and-lintel architecture. We researched the history of this 5,000 year old architectural site and drew from observation of photos. We created a landscape with a horizon line, a view of the sun, and diminishing size.
Next, we drew more landscapes, this time from our imaginations - what would a landscape look like during the days of the dinosaur? From scientific illustrations, we discovered that they liked wet, warm climates with lots of plant life.
|These two are well-accessorized - jewelry, lashes, lips!|
Finally, we examined the caves at Lascaux using this super cool virtual tour website. (Thanks for sharing this info, Art of Ed) We drew cave art using portrait sets of oil pastels, which are the perfect colors for clay, mud and ash - the tools of choice for cave painters.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Third graders are continuing their study of Art from Ancient Civilizations. Our Greek Pottery Prints were drawn symmetrically and include a typical Greek theme such as mythology, Olympic figures, or oceanic images. We traced them on printing foam and printed them on orange or gold papers. Thanks for this great lesson idea to The Paper Pear.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
First graders looked at the works of some of Georgia's most well-known folk artists, including Howard Finster, Mattie Lou O'Kelley and Nellie Mae Rowe. Some of the things these artists had in common were: growing up on a farm with a large family, and little or no schooling. They were self-taught artists who painted scenes familiar to them and used materials they had available - notice the sheet of notebook paper as the background in the drawing below by Nellie Mae Rowe - so we used pages from old books that were damaged and in the recycling bin.
We also looked at examples of folk art quilts - another example of reusing materials on hand for art-making - and made a "frame" from patterned paper squares.
|Mattie Lou O'Kelley|