Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gingerbread Houses (2nd)

Student Sample
Once again due to winter break I had a shorter than usual amount of time with my second graders (only 2 days!) - so I decided we would do a fun gingerbread house project! We began by looking at a variety of images of gingerbread houses and talked about how the builders of the houses had to think creatively to find ways to use candy to create the features needed for their house.
The 2nd graders had free reign over my scrap paper buckets, construction paper crayons, some glitter dots (the hole-punches from glitter paper), and then finally on the last day - "frosting" (shaving cream + glue + glitter).
Best part about this project was that it was completely self-directed. I did not give the kids any verbal direction besides "make a gingerbread house and be creative." Students were free to take risks and make their own artistic choices - no pressure!

Remember kids - DON'T eat the frosting! ;)

Blizzard. I love my gifted students :)

Some went a little "frosting" crazy. haha

Art Club Weaving

So for the past 3 art club meetings, my kids have been working on a cup weaving project with yarn. I was so surprised to see how dedicated they were to these! I thought surely after one or two hours of weaving they would be over it - but they've remained completely dedicated to finishing their projects! Love it!

Sorry for the lack of clear awesome pictures - I also realized that I did not photograph my teacher's sample... so that will be added to the post once we get back from winter break! :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Kinder Color Mixing (K)

Teacher Sample
EQ: How can we mix colors?

So I've been dreading posting this week's kindergarten lesson because I've literally changed it up every single rotation (still trying to get it so that I'm 100% happy with it -- hahaha like that will EVER happen). We start off by reading the book "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh and then transition to looking at a PowerPoint on the projector which reiterates the ideas of primary colors mixing to create secondary colors. Then we look at artwork by a variety of artists and talk about their color choices. Finally, we end on Kandinsky's "Squares with Concentric Circles" (1913) and talk about all the colors he used and how he could have made them. I then have students go back to their seats and using crayon, they practice drawing rainbow concentric circles!
The next day they come in we are ready to paint! I only give them red, yellow, and blue tempera paints. Inspired by the Kandinsky painting, my kinders get experience mixing colors on their papers by following my step-by-step demonstration. I do this lesson VERY directed for two reasons. #1 - This is my first time painting with tempera with my kinders and I want to see how well they can handle the materials and following painting procedures. #2 - I want all of my kinders to have success (at least once in my classroom) mixing all three secondary colors on their papers.
The next day they come in I let them have a little more freedom in their paintings. All I asked was that they mix all three secondary colors on their papers using primary-colored tempera paint. Once their paper was painted, they used popsicle sticks to "draw" anything they wanted in their paint (patterns, shapes, letters, pictures, etc).
Now here is where I've really varied my approach. I originally wanted to use the painted paper they created to cut out mice shapes (inspired by the book Mouse Paint) and have them "splashing" in the correct primary colored puddles - HOWEVER this is not how it worked out each time. I've ended up going in a few different directions with this.. so feel free to check out the images below.

Drawing mice directly on the painted paper.

Cutting out body parts for our mice.

Cutting out body parts for our mice.

Drawing mice on a separate sheet of paper then cutting them out and gluing them.

Again. Drawing, cutting, gluing.

Snowglobes (1st)

Teacher Sample
Because of winter break and other holiday-time activities, my week with my 1st graders was cut down into only 2 days, so instead of trying to do the alligator weaving project, I opted to change it up and we made snowglobes instead!
I had students use tracers to create the shape for their snowglobes on blue paper, brown paper, and a sheet of transparency paper for the "glass" on the snowglobe.
The first day students cut out all the parts and used white tempera paint to create their snowy scenes!
The second day they used color pencils to add details and then glued them together!
Very cute and fairly quick two-day project!

If you are interested in a more finished lesson plan that includes shape templates, check out this lesson in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Colored Value Lights (4th & 5th)

EQ: What is value? (Extension Lesson)

Once my 5th graders were finishing up their oil pastel space art, I had them begin this beauty!

My school has a die-cut machine and one day as I was using it, I noticed this Christmas light die-cut and knew I had to find a way to use it! :)

So how we did it -
I had my 5th graders begin by coloring their die-cut light bulb one solid color with oil pastel. Then they used a white oil pastel and drew in the filament and highlight on the tip of the bulb (some did this step - others chose not to), then smudged it with their finger. Then the filament was drawn again (again in white pastel) to refine the line a bit.
Once they were finished with their lights, they were given a piece of 12"x18" black construction paper and glued a piece of green yarn to it anyway they wanted to (this is the "cord"). After their yarn was glued, they arranged their bulbs on the paper and used a pencil to outline the shape. They then removed the bulbs from the paper and used white chalk pastel to go over their outline, and then went over the white outline with a colored piece of chalk pastel. This line was then smudged outwards to create the illusion of a glowing light. The bulb was then glued into place.

Student Sample (5th)
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Below is a set of examples from my 4th graders!

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Student Sample (4th)

Student Sample (5th)
If you are interested in a more descriptive lesson plan with step-by-step visuals and light bulb templates, check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Updates and Teasers

So tonight I added more student project samples to the 3rd grade Aquariums post and the 2nd grade Winter Landscapes post. I also added a part two to the 5th grade oil pastel solar system project and also posted the Colored Lights extension project (which could really just be a stand alone project) I taught afterwards.
Please feel free to check out all the new images! :)

Also.. just to give you a little taste of what's coming...

4th grade totem poles....

And kindergarten color mixing....
 ... WITH 3 different versions of my Mouse Paint project.

Ohhhh where does all the time go?!

Oil Pastel Solar System - Part 2 (5th)

Student Sample
EQ: How can I create the illusion of form with color?

So this entry is really just another version of a project I posted within the last month or so (although in my opinion it is now much improved!)

Changes made:
  1. The white paper I gave students to draw their planets on was smaller this time.
  2. I suggested a maximum planet radius of 2".
  3. Instead of using construction paper crayons, we painted on the sun and splatter painted the stars in the background.
I love this version so much more! :)

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Winter Value Landscapes (2nd)

Teacher Sample
EQ: What is value?

Once again - inspired by a pin.

So to begin this project I discuss what "value" is with my second graders and we talk about the differences between a "tint" and a "shade".
Then I pass out the papers and sit a cup of blue paint on each table. Each pair of students is also given a styrofoam plate with their own puddle of white tempera on it. We begin by painting a white moon on our page. Then once that is added, students dip their brushes into the blue paint at their table and mix it into their white paint - the first concentric circle is painted around the moon with this color (a very light tint of blue). This process is repeated until the entire page is filled with blue concentric circles.
Snowmen at Night
The next day they come in, students are asked to draw a horizon line with a pencil on their page and paint the ground white (for snow). Once this is done, I talk with the kids about what a silhouette is and show them some examples. On a scrap piece of paper they practice painting a tree silhouette until they are happy with their ability. Then they paint a silhouette (or two .. or three) on their painting. These go on the drying racks.
Then the next day I have my students meet me on the carpet to read the book "Snowmen at Night" by Caralyn Buehner. The illustrations in this book are a beautiful example of how tints and shades can be used to create the illusion of depth in a 2D artwork (with the use of highlights and shadows). We also talk about using a light source (like the moon) to position highlights and shadows more accurately. Students then go back to their tables and use white paint to add the bodies of snowmen to their artwork. A streak of light blue is added for the shadow on the backside of the snowman.
Great extension book! :)
Finally on the last day of the project, students come in and add details to their landscapes using colored pencils. We also talk about how shadows can be drawn on the ground to make their artwork look even more realistic (some end up doing this.. others don't -- but either way is fine). :)
Once they finished, I had my students flip their papers over and do a little bit of creative writing about their winter landscapes on the back.
Overall I am SO happy with my 2nd graders artwork! Absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to do this project again next week with a new batch!