Kindergarten students learned a little about the artwork of John James Audubon with this lesson. We looked at some of his bird paintings and talked about how he observed birds in nature to see what they really looked like.
We discussed what drawing from observation meant. Since we couldn't go outside in the cold and get a bird to sit still for us, we did our observation from photographs. I picked out a handful of birds that students would have seen in our area - Northwest Illinois - and printed out pictures for students to look at. We had just done a lesson in shape. We discussed the two kinds of shapes - geometric and organic (free-form) shapes before the students started drawing the bird they picked to do. I continued to remind students to look at the bird and see what shapes they saw and draw what they saw.
After drawing with pencils, I had the students go over the lines with a black Sharpie marker. The next class students painting their birds. Again they picked up the bird photos so that they could look at the colors as they painted. The birds below were painted with tempera cakes. See more of our Kindergarten birds in our Artsonia gallery.
Students in Veto's and Masias's classes learned about American artist Grant Wood. We looked at the shapes in his landscape paintings as well as how he created the illusion of depth using size, placement, and overlapping. We were also working on the Art Element of Color. Students were introduced to Intermediate colors and had lots of practice mixing them. This was a project that contained a great deal of learning, experimenting, and Fun!
We started by pairing up and working together to create Intermediate colored painted papers. Students chose a primary and secondary color that mixed to create an intermediate color. The students in the photo to the right is mixing the color yellow-green. Once the paint was mixed, each student painted a paper and then used a painting comb or craft stick to scratch a texture or design into the paint before it dried. This made our papers even more interesting.
Our goal was for everyone to create a painted paper in all six intermediate colors. We used two class periods to do this. The time was well worth it. We had fun and all learned how to make the intermediate colors.
Then the collage fun began! Students shared papers and began constructing beautiful, colorful landscapes!
SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCTS ON OUR ARTSONIA GALLERY -> Grant Wood Inspired Collages
I'm very excited to be again teaching at Roosevelt this year! The students and I have such fun, creative classes together. I love the enthusiasm of our Roosevelt Bears!
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