Funky has been the name of the game as of late. Recently because of snow days, sub plans, and a lot of happenings amongst the schools some classes have fallen behind. I've been in the need of some one day lessons and this is a fun one I have come up with. I've done it with K-3rd grade and each class has loved it. We start by drawing a very simple octopus. Then students can add a little flare with their eyes, mouths, adding bows etc. They then use oil pastel to "funkify" their octopus using many colors, patterns, and designs. To top it off they use watercolor to fill in the background.
6th Graders studied one point perspective. We discussed: vanishing point, horizon line, and what perspective means. Our goal was to create some type of scene that give the illusion of space on a 2D surface. We looked at many images that are commonly seen in one point perspective, especially city scenes. For my example I showed a city scene. Students were asked to come up with a scene done in one point perspective. They had the option of doing their own city scene or something else of their choice. They certainly came up with a variety of ideas.
For this clay project 4th graders explored the coil technique. We learned about slipping and scoring and how it is important when using clay. Students first rolled a coil, slipped and scored the edges, and rolled it back up to create the shell. Using clay tools, students then added a pattern or design on the shell. Students used the remaining clay to add a head and legs.
To add color we first used oil pastel and went over it with watered down black tempera.
5th Graders learned about positive and negative space.
Positive Space: the subjects or object being represented
Negative Space: the space around and in between an object or an image
One of the most popular images used when discussing positive and negative space is this image:
Is it a face or is it a vase?
This image shows the importance of how positive space and negative space can effect how you view an image.
Another great subject to help explore the concept of positive and negative space is the bicycle, which we used for our subject in this project. Students picked an image of a bike they liked and cropped it in an interesting way. They that the option to then make their bike black or leave it white.
After students were done drawing they were to paint the background using a color triad.
In honor of February, Kindergarteners studied Jim Dine. The pop artist known most for his images of hearts. We looked at several paintings of his:
We then discussed complementary colors. Students were to paint the inside of their hearts with red, yellow, and orange. Wherever red was on the inside green had to be its neighbor on the outside, yellow and violet are neighbors, and orange and blue were to be neighbors.
I am an art making, bug driving, creative obsessed, value driven, color loving, family centered kid equipped with my friends at my sides, family behind pushing me forward, armed with the belief that laughter, color, and a simple smile can change lives.