Thursday, January 31, 2013

3rd Grade Sea Creature Prints

3rd Graders explored the art of printmaking. Students were asked to create a sea creature on a sketch piece of paper.  They then transferred it onto a piece of foam that they used as their template.  Students were then able to make two prints using two different colors of ink and paper.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2nd Grade Warm and Cool Color Mountain Landscapes

2nd Graders continued their study of color theory, this time looking at warm and cool colors.
We talked a little bit about how warm colors makes us feel vs. what cool colors might make us feel.  We usually think of warm colors as being daytime and cool colors as being nighttime.  

We drew our mountain scene together.  Students had to think about if they wanted a moon or a sun in their sky.  If they had a daytime sky they used warm colors and a nighttime sky they used cool colors.  They used the opposite colors on the mountains. After students colored in the entire sky and mountains they were able to use a black and white oil pastel to create patterns on top.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kindergarten Patterned Mittens

We started by watching the reading of this book:

Because we do not want to lose our mittens in the snow students were asked to make their mittens colorful with designs so they could be easily found.  We drew our mittens together, students added patterns and finished them off with oil pastel.  We cut our mittens out and added them to our snowy background.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

4th Grade Personified Polar Bears

For this lesson 4th graders discussed icons and what icons are.  We took a look at many iconic figures such as Albert Einstein, George Washington, The Mona Lisa, Michael Jordan etc. I showed an image and students were asked to raise their hand if they knew what the image was.  Almost every student raised their hand.  We ended with this image: 

Naturally, everyone's hand shot up because they new that these were the iconic figures used in Coca-Cola advertising.  We talked a little bit about the history, how these bears were first used in 1922 and how most people worldwide recognize them.  We then watched a montage of commercials with the polar bears.  Students were to pick out some of the unusual things they were doing that polar bears can't actually do.  Students came up with the conclusion that these polar bears were acting like humans.  

Personification: Describing objects or humans as though they have human personalities or feelings. 

For this project students were simply asked to personify their polar bear:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

1st Grade Snowman Portraits

In the spirit of snow, 1st graders designed their own snowman portrait.  We had a little help from frosty to get us in the mood.  

We drew our snowmen together and students finished them off with oil pastel.