Blind Contour Line Self-Portraits & Piet Mondrian

This week was a full week of art!  Currently, 3-5th grade have been working on self-portraits in a variety of ways.  The first technique they learned was called a “blind contour line” portrait, which is when students used a mirror to illustrate their own face, but the catch was – they could NOT look down at their paper OR lift their pencil up.  It had to be done in one long continuous line.  This made for lots of challenging fun!

 

Next students were allowed to look at their paper while they worked, but they still had to use one long continuous contour line.

And finally, they were asked to create a “normal” self-portrait, paying extra special attention to their features that make them unique such as birthmarks, freckles, braces, dimples, glasses, etc.

Lastly, I had the pleasure of visiting the nursery school this week where I taught the little ones about Piet Mondrian and his use of primary colors.

It was a very lovely and eventful week!

DrawBots!!!

I may have discovered the diamond of all art projects….DrawBots!!!  Students have been going NUTS (in the best way possible) over this project.  4th through 8th grade have been designing, creating and building their own robots that draw abstract designs.  They are to design their DrawBot in their sketchbooks, followed by working as  team with their table-mates, building and constructing a DrawBot that works.  It truly is a sight to see when the kids get their DrawBot to work.  The excitement is tremendous.  See for yourself!  There are plenty of videos below of the DrawBots in action. 🙂

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Students get to see the following before designing their DrawBot.

 

This project is truly awesome because it encourages creativity, building, and teamwork…not to mention is also a STEAM project!  And parents, if your kids come home asking for an electric toothbrush, don’t fret: they’re only $3 at Walmart!

Israel @ 70 Design Contest and Clay has Started!

Parents & students, as I’m sure most of you might have seen in your email, HT is holding a design contest for grades 1-8.  The deadline for submissions is November 20th and I have been telling the students all about it in art class.  For this contest, the kids are encouraged to work on it at home.  It is SUPER easy!!  All they need to do in order to participate is create a design that features the number 70, the verse מתחברים לישראל ב70, and a shnazzy design!  AND to make it even EASIER to participate, it only has to be done in black marker (please use pencil first just in case you make a mistake…happens to the best of us!).  The top two winners will win a gift card.  Store and amount of gift card are TBD.

Contest Guidelines

Moving on to our classroom projects, students in grades k-4 are now manipulating and experimenting with clay.  It really is fascinating for me to watch as an art teacher, how the students develop their sculpture skills as they move on from grade to grade.  I had 4th grade today and they created some truly magnificent works of art.  I was sincerely impressed!

In grades K-2 we are creating Israel Star Pendants.  Students are getting to work with REAL clay.  The first thing they tend to notice is the texture, which is a lot colder and wetter than the modeling clay we have been working with.  I’ve been hearing a lot of “This is REALLY cold!”

***I had just finished explaining the Israel @ 70 contest to 1st grade, so they were inspired to create Israel works of art with their clay.  How cute is this?***

Finally, I apologize for not being able to share what I did with the older grades this week as I had mentioned I would in the previous post, but we had an AMAZING guest speaker, Mr. Ernie Heimann, come in today, and give a presentation on his experience during Kristallnacht.  We were so honored to have him come and share his experience with us…art will of course continue next week!    I hope everyone has a lovely 3-day weekend!  Shabbat shalom!

The Fall Theme Continues and Comics…

I hope everyone had a lovely Sukkot break: we are back at school and ready for the long haul.  This week has pretty much been a continuance of what we had began before we left for Sukkot break, which was a Fall Theme.  Kindergarten and 1st grade have transformed their painted fall color experiments into “Eric Carle” style trees.  They tore up their painted paper and construction paper, and glued the pieces into a circular shape to create a collaged tree.

Here are some of our results!

We are also beginning to work with clay.  The Art Class Forecast predicts clay projects in our future 😉

3rd-5th Grade have read the book Adventures in Cartooning (which they LOVED), and are now developing their own comics.

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They are learning about character development, up-close shots, background, story-lines, and onomatopoeias.  They are still in the works, but check out a few examples of what’s been brewin’…

Tune in next week when I reveal what our upper grades are working on!