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!
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!