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!
This week we were fortunate to have some amazing weather!! Thank you April! As much as I love to be outdoors, sometimes the projects we’re working on, just can’t be brought outside (wind, paint, MESS, etc.)….but NOT THIS WEEK! 5th grade is finishing up their weaving projects, and the wonderful thing about weaving, is that you can do it just about anywhere. So we gathered our materials and went outside…
I hope May is good to us too and we can take our artmaking outside again.
This week in afterschool ceramics, we are creating coil pots….and although I have a tendency to love everything the students create, I REALLY, REALLY love these. Even the kids commented how much cooler they look when they’re done vs first starting out…just goes to show, that you can’t really judge your artwork until it’s done.
Take a look!
Our donut project had a very nice conclusion. I provided the students with cake colored acrylic paint and the students applied the paint to half of their donut, followed by a frosting color of their choice (and sprinkles of course), although most went with pink.
This was a great opportunity for the students to work with 3-Dimensional materials, as we will begin our clay segment of art once we return from Pesach Break.
They turned out awesome and a lot of kids from the other grades have been asking if they can make them too…maybe we will: but out of CLAY!
Positive and Negative Space with 4th & 5th Grade
Students in 4th and 5th grade have been learning about the element of art that is Positive and Negative Space. I begin by showing them the below picture:
I ask them what they notice first: the faces or the vase? and then I explain positive and negative space. 5th grade is working on a project called Faces & Vases where they create a Greek Patterned design followed by attaching silhouette cut-outs of their face (which I trace for them).
4th Grade is learning about symmetry in Positive & Negative space by creating the following cut-out project:
Where the Wild Things Are
Last, but definitely not least, k-2 is learning about the wonderful author that is Maurice Sendak. I have been reading them the book Where the Wild Things Are, because it is 1) a cute story and 2) it is a Caldecott winner for Outstanding Picture Book. I have been teaching them how to draw a “wild thing” although some kids are just naturals…such as Ayelet who is in 2nd grade…
This week has been jam packed with so many different art projects, that I am referring to it as the Art Buffet. And the title is actually very fitting for the first project I am going to introduce you to:
Now Presenting: My Favorite Family Meal
Students in 5th grade were asked to write about their favorite family meal in their sketchbooks. They had to go into detail with it: who makes it, how often do they get to eat it, what’s in it, how does it taste, how is made, etc. After the written description they had to draw a picture of it and THEN they were asked to create a paper collage of the meal. They came out fantastic, and I was super appreciative of students adding details such as silverware, ice cubes, spices, etc. It’s the little things that make all the difference in a masterpiece 😉
Next up: Weaving with 3rd Grade
I introduced 3rd and 4th graders to the wonderful world of weaving. This was a very in depth process and both grades rose to the challenge. They learned how to thread a loom and how to weave and switch colors. They got really into it: the concentration levels were through the roof!
Under the Sea Value Studies & Perspective with 4th Grade
I know….I know….I love under the sea stuff….this will be the last ocean inspired project for a while! I promise. Anyhoo, I taught 4th grade how to paint using value with watercolor. This week they added sea creatures using perspective. I asked them to pretend they’re at the bottom of the ocean and they had to draw large and small fish in relation to how close they were to them aka Perspective!
Matisse with Kindergarten
Not only do I love under the sea creatures: I also love the artist Henri Matisse! Kindergarten learned about the wonderful artist Matisse and his use of bright colors and patterns. I taught them how to illustrate one of his most famous patterns too!
All in all: a very lovely week full of variety!
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I asked my 3rd grade class to create artwork based on their own dreams. I asked the students to trace their own hand and I showed them how to add some more realistic features, such as fingernails and knuckles.
I then had the kids create a dream bubble and asked them to illustrate their own dreams inside the bubble. I left it pretty open ended. I encouraged them to think of dreams that are good for mankind, but if that was not their cup of tea, then they were more than welcome to use their own ideas. This of course made for some hilarious results as well as some super sweet and endearing ones.
Please take a look at what we created this past week.
6th and 8th Grade are continuing with their tessellation artwork and they are turning out SO cool!
Cara Rosenburg is currently working on a moose tessellation! AMAZING!! The final results should be ready by next week so stay tuned!!
We are back from yet another break and ready to get back into action…that is until we break again on December 23rd 🙂 ! My kindergarten students have been watching one of my FAVORITE art videos of all time: William Wegman’s alphabet soup!
The kids get such a kick out it because, C’mon! …It’s dog heads on human bodies!! The students were provided with dog heads and asked to illustrate a human body underneath it.
In 6th grade we have been working on creative collages. I was really inspired by these images and thought it would be cool to do a project inspired by them.
I provided the 6th grade students with animal eyes. They had the option of either owl or alligator eyes…and they were asked to create a collaged version of their animal.
This one was created by Emma Felix!
And to end this weeks recap: 1st-3rd have been working on paper weavings. This is really a lovely, tactile project that involves eye-hand coordination, and pattern identification A.K.A. GREAT project for little ones!!
They were so into it! Awesome week boys and girls! #SoProud
I like to save my tactile art projects for the “End of the School Year Ants in the Pants” syndrome, as I call it. One of the projects I’ve done in the past that has been met with tremendous success – would be the Plate weavings. I changed the project up a bit this year and had the students design their plate which serves as the loom. 5th- 6th graders are doing this project.
I first provided the students with a compass to make circles within circles – and then create designs within them. That portion of the project took up about 2 class periods.
Next I had the students cut 19 slits all around their plate and get their loom prepped. It somewhat resembles a bicycle wheel…
I had enough time to show some of the students how to begin their weavings and all I’ve got to say is “SUCCESS….AGAIN!!” Hillel Torah students: girls AND BOYS love to weave. The boys have even mentioned that the weavings resemble kippahs – so who knows….?? Maybe we will be able to successfully pull the weavings off and they could be used as kippahs. We shall see…!
I can not believe how fast this school year flew! I literally did a double take at my calendar when I seen how little time I had left for my remaining art lessons. On a sadder note, my phone with all my glorious pictures of beautiful student work, has ceased to work. I am terribly sad because I had some beautiful pictures to share with you all. However, all is not lost because I take photos regularly and have already accumulated a good amount on my new phone to show you what has been going on in the art room.
Before we left for Pesach Break, I had begun a Bug Unit with my younger kiddos. I have a love/hate relationship with bugs. I love their designs and patterns and I think they’re pretty cool creatures, but I HATE when they crawl on me….oooof! I’m getting the Heebie Jeebies just thinking about it. Anyways, the kids loved them. They started by designing their own insects. Then they selected their favorite insect and painted it large. They also created a styrofoam print of the insect and made insect prints. I think they turned out so cool. I personally would matte and frame these! Here is the lesson/process of how we made the print.
And here are some of our Kiddo’s results.
Even if the print didn’t come out clear every time, the art was still very beautiful.
The next project on our list for kindergarten is creating 3-D paper mache bugs.
I am expecting them to be pretty rad…
I sincerely appreciate when I have students that are crazy, enthusiastic about Art…it only further cements the reason of why I became an art teacher. So when I had a student approach me last week , bursting with excitement over an idea she had for an art lesson – I of course, was all ears. She suggested making tie-dye pillow cases for passover using sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. Sounded cool enough for me – I was in!
Luckily for the students, school and myself, her mother sponsored the project and also came in to give a demonstration for the students! How cool?? So this is what we did:
Students were supplied with white cotton pillowcases and given a variety of sharpie markers. We put a big piece of cardboard in the pillowcase to keep the markers from going through to the other side. The students were encouraged to come up with abstract designs that they wouldn’t mind “bleeding”, meaning that the ink would spread once we hit it with some rubbing alcohol.
Dalia and Kayla making magic
Charlie working on the floor
Shani the greatest mommy and Dalia the enthusiastic artist!
This design is great!
Le’s see how Nace’s Black Hawks logo comes out
He’s a great artist
Phoebe creating an awesome star burst design
Alcohol as been applied – how cool is this?
We used spray bottles and droppers to distribute the alcohol once their sharpie marker designs were completed to their liking. The kids loved this project due to the freedom of design and the “coolness” of the rubbing alcohol spreading the ink. A couple of tips for those who would like to try this – definitely do the alcohol portion of the lesson outdoors if possible or somewhere that has amazing ventilation – the smell of alcohol is pretty powerful. Also if you would like the design to bleed through to the other side – simply pull the cardboard out of the pillow case and then distribute the alcohol. When the alcohol spreads it will automatically soak through to the other side of the pillow case and color it as well.
A BIG, BIG thanks to Shani Jacobs for sponsoring our Tie-Dye Passover pillows and to Dalia Jacobs for coming up with the brilliant idea!