Wednesday, November 16, 2011

5th grade color studies underway... (+ snowmen)

As a painter and color enthusiast myself, I get really fired up for a good session of painting with the kids.  Fifth graders are beginning their nonobjective color studies, inspired by works from Paul Klee, Arthur Dove, and Sonia Delauney.  We completed a prep sheet with thumbnail sketches, plotted compositions, and mapped out color schemes, then dove right in.  After umpteen years of washing paint trays, I finally figured out how to use lidded condiment cups and magazines as palettes - just peel off and toss!  Super easy. 

working with a monochromatic scheme

and analogous



and complementary





inspirational posters with student art

On another note, last week, I had a group of students who I don't usually see come for a lesson, so I decided to try out a craft - something we typically don't have in our curriculum, but this was not a "regulation" day so we went for it.  Found on Pinterest, click here for original site.





10 comments:

  1. Very interesting "mash-up" of artists for inspiration. I like the color schemes and the students really look like they are enjoying the process. I have always used the condiment cups as they keep the paint fresh for a loooooonnnnnng time! :) I'm definitely gonna use the magazine idea-Genious!

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  2. I've used magazine palettes, too. They're great, but my younger students have had trouble with the peeling off part -- paper would tear, paint everywhere scene -- not that that stopped me from using them:)) I just had to give VERY careful directions on how to do it without the mess.

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  3. These snowmen are so neato! I have done giant snowmen in the past on large drawing paper, but think I'd like to give this a "go" before holiday break!

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  4. The snowmen are adorable and will be a great inspiration for story writing for my first graders.

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  5. Can you tell me what you mean about not doing "craft"? What is your delineation? Thanks.

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    1. Sure - in this case, it was during our 2nd unit which doesn't include crafts as a concept to be covered. Later in the year, we cover crafts like weaving or jewelry making. This fell under "holiday crafts" in my opinion, because it isn't really based on a particular artist, period of art history or any of the concepts we were focusing on that quarter, but it was okay because it wasn't a regularly scheduled class. Hope that makes sense!
      It is really funny to me that this post is my most viewed post, and it has nothing to do with my curriculum - just a fun little holiday activity - ha!

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  6. Cute idea. We are studying the States of Matter in Science. Going to use this as a way for students to explain the process that the snowman goes through from solid to gas. This craft will work well to hang in the hall with their writings.

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  7. Hello from Greece! I wanted to let you know that I loved your snowman craft and I have featured it on my post "Snowmen from different angles crafts & games!" You can see it here: http://maros-kindergarten.blogspot.gr/2013/01/blog-post_3330.html
    I would love your feedback! Have a happy weekend!

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  8. Lovely Snowmen. Thank you this good idea. :)
    Eszter from Hungary, a 5 and 3 years little girls' mom :)

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