Students in Mrs. Vaughn's and Mrs. Larvenz class just finished working on these beautiful works of art!
This project was jam-packed with lots of learning and exploring.
We had been learning the difference between vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines and this project was a great end to that lesson. We looked at pictures of Birch trees and discussed the lines we saw in the trees. We also talked about how the bark of these trees were different than other brown trees and how they contrasted against the leaf colors. We also picked out where the trees overlapped and some students created overlapping in their own works.
Students drew out their own trees and colored them in with oil pastel. We talked a little about using Primary colors to paint the background of our tree. Because we used oil pastels we were able to paint right over the trees and they would still show up great. This method is called a resist painting. The oil in the pastels "resist" the paint from sticking to it so it only covers the area without pastel.
Students had fun mixing the three Primary colors to create colorful backgrounds!
Students in Mrs. Larvenz and Mrs. Vaugh's classes are finishing up on a fun Fall painting project.
By the end of Second Grade I want my students to be able to describe and draw directional lines. I want them to be able to tell you which way a horizontal, vertical, and diagonal or oblique lines goes. I also want them to be able to use these different lines in an artwork. This year we practiced using these lines in a pumpkin painting. Students had fun mixing colors and adding different lines on and around their painting.
After the paintings were finished students began to create an abstract digital artwork from their painting using the Percolator app on the iPad. Many students have to wait until next class to get their turn using one of our 6 iPads. I'm pleased to see students teaching other students to use this app. They had customizing their abstract pumpkins. We will upload these to our Artsonia gallery along with the paintings soon.
This year's theme in the art room is "Animals in Art". I try to have a new theme each year to guide some of our lessons. The first main project we started with 4th and 5th grade students, as well as my 3/4 split class, is an animal painting with zentangle-like designs.
We spent an art time drawing out an animal of their choice. My goal this year is to give students as much creative choice as possible within the confines of what I want them to learn or be able to do by the end of each project. So the choice of animal was extended to include imaginary, combined, or "creatures" of any kind they wished to create. We ended up having some very creative drawings - I love it!
Once their drawing was done, I went over a few different watercolor painting techniques. We went over wet into dry, wet into wet, and adding salt to obtain different results.
When the paintings were dry we discussed line quality and I showed some examples of zentangles. I showed the students some parts of YouTube videos by the artist Milliande that I have on my video page. I also showed them my finished giraffe. I had a blast making it and wanted to let them know that.
Students are still working on their animals but here are some sneak peeks of them in progress -
Kindergarten students are being introduced to lines in Art. We began drawing different lines and then picked out lines that were used in drawings. In the pictures below students practice making lines by folding, bending, and rolling paper strips. They created paper sculptures that showed different lines. Our next project will in Kindergarten will be creating monoprints with a variety of lines.
The 5th Grade students have finished their claymation project!! We all had a blast working together to create backdrops and props for our scenes. Filming the stop motion animation project was a breeze using our new iPads and the app iMotion HD. This was the first time any of them have done this and I'm very proud of the work they did on their first animation movie!
Thanks to the Moline Public Schools Foundation for funding my grant for 6 iPads for the Art program!
Take a look at our completed video and pictures of the project in process.
* This originally was started as a connected classroom project with an Art teacher in Thailand. Our students were going to do our movie and then her 5th grade students would continue the movie. I'm not sure if this will actually happen. The internet seems to be iffy in Thailand and I haven't heard from her in quite a few weeks. We have our completed movie done - if they add to it that will be even better. I will keep the students informed of any contact I have with her.
**UPDATE (11/3)- I just received an email from her this morning! She has our part of the movie and her students are starting their part on Monday!
First grade students have been learning about the Art Element of Line in this first half of the quarter. They had a blast using cardboard pieces to stamp lines on their paper to create lines and designs
The following class they used oil pastels - a new art medium to them - to add some color to their creation.
Ask your child what different kinds of lines they can use to make art!
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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