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…
The Donut Club
Inspiration and ideas can come from anywhere, even through a deep supply closet cleaning. This past week, while organizing my supply closet, I came across a package of rigid wrap and then all of a sudden it hit me! We will create paper mache donuts during clubs! Clubs is a weekly session our junior high students get to take unique classes such as yoga, cooking class, and Art! 🙂
Students were shown how to create the base of the donut by twisting and wrapping paper around their hand, followed by wrapping their donut shape with masking tape.
Next week will wrap our donuts with the rigid tape to make them extra sturdy! Stay tuned!
In our regular art classes, 6th and 7th grades are currently working on self-portraits. Students viewed a slideshow of several famous artists that are known for their self portraits: Van Gogh, Picasso, and my personal favorite: Frida Kahlo.
I showed the students how to use this awesome site called blockposters.com. We uploaded our pictures onto the site and it broke our photos up into larger scale print which we printed out. Next, students were shown how to use carbon paper and we traced our photos onto a large sheet of white paper. Check out our progress so far! They are looking pretty cool…
Next week students will add words that describe their personality to fill the background.
I rotated the weaving project between the two 4th grade classes. And this week it is now 4A’s turn to weave. They are doing a fantastic job so far. I also created some threading “needles” out of cardboard to help with the process.
Check out some of the finished results from 4B!
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…