Oil Pastels, Music, and iPads make for a very fun art project!
1st grade students were learning about the difference between geometric and organic shapes. We discussed where on a lion's face could we use both types of shapes then student began to draw their lions with oil pastels.
We even enjoyed listening to Katy Perry's "Roar" while we worked. That made it even better!
When our lions were finished we were not quite done. We talked about what would make us roar. Would we roar when we were feeing happy, sad, mad, silly?
Using the iPad app Morfo students were able to bring their lions to life.
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!
1st grade students just finished up on three different penguin projects in the Art Room. We first learned about geometric and organic (freeform) shapes and then used those shapes to draw penguins. The art medium we used for our penguin drawings was oil pastels. Students seemed to enjoy these soft crayon-like drawing tools.
When our oil pastel penguins were finished the students were able to take these works of art to a new level using our iPads. I showed the students how to use the Percolator app. I helped them take a photo of their penguin and then they were able to change many settings in the app to transform their penguin picture into a new digital creation. They had fun seeing the different ways it could look. When they had it just the way they wanted, I showed them how to email the image to me so that I could save it and put it in their Artsonia gallery. Many students were able to help the next student by teaching them how to use the app and email the image.
We moved on to 3D penguins when we created the little guys in clay. We talked a little bit about the difference between 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional art -we'll learn more about that next year.
We made our clay penguins by putting them on our thumbs. The students thought that was funny. This was an easy way for us to create a form that was hollow inside so it would dry out faster.
The picture below shows all the Roosevelt Penguins waiting in line to have their photo taken for Artsonia.
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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