A local university sent me a postcard about a contest they were sponsoring for grade school kids that combined science, poetry, and of course, art - nobody loves an integrated lesson like me so I was all over it. I sent the info to my classroom teachers and many were interested, but after so many snow days recently just couldn't squeeze it in in time, except for Ms. Keller's first graders, who jumped early and we made the deadline by the last minute! In their classroom, the kids talked about the theme "Science is Everywhere" by reviewing concepts they'd learned this year - magnets, water cycle, light and shadows - and types of poetry like cinquain, haiku, and acrostic. After writing their poems, they brought their posters to art class where we brainstormed illustration ideas. One of the favorite topics was "the experiment", which we agreed was messy and fun, so we did some paint dribbling and spattering on all the posters. The students worked in pairs, like the girls above with their magnet themed illustrated poem.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Kindergarteners drew a variety of different types of buildings and learned about the job of the architect. We also created folded paper backgrounds with a pop-up tab, so the building stands on its own when the paper is opened - pop!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Both sheets are hand-drawn to give a sketchbooky, loose, whimsical feel to go along with the mindset of brainstorming. They are most appropriate for 3rd grade through middle school, I would say. One sheet, called Make it!, walks students through some planning choices, provides a place for thumbnails, and has a space for reflection at the end, which could be for themselves or peers. The second sheet, simply called Thumbnails, gives tips on using thumbnails effectively and creating variety within the set.
They are a great addition to the student portfolios I use or would be great in sketchbooks too. Thanks so much to all of you who check out my TpT store - I love getting the feedback from all of you and it has helped me get a little "college fund" started for my daughter who is graduating in just a few short months!
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Fourth graders began with one-point perspective, a method of creating space using a single vanishing point on the horizon line. We used some of artist Peter Max's style characteristics with colorful sky/space themes.
Fifth graders added a second vanishing point to increase the challenge! We looked at photos of cities to help us understand this point of view. Straight edges made from mat board scraps are perfect for drawing straight lines and connecting to vanishing points - they are much quieter than metal or wooden rulers.
We joined in the celebration by creating our own lanterns and symbols of good luck in the New Year. After a guided drawing of the folded paper cylinder, students learned to change values when adding the red color to create the look of a 3-D form, aka "shading". As we worked, each of us shared how we hoped our lantern would bring us good luck in the new year. Gung Hay Fat Choi! Photo above from http://all-free-download.com/free-vector/vector-misc/year_of_the_goat_silhouette_with_flower_pattern_2015_312413.html