Before I begin describing this project I need to give a HUGE shout out to Mollie from 'Art with Ms. K' for giving me the basis for this absolutely AWESOME project! If you don't already follow her blog.. you should definitely check it out! :)
Before beginning this project I gave my lovely 3rd graders a pretest to see what they already knew about complementary colors (not much).
Afterwards we began by looking at the artwork of contemporary French street artist 'Invader' (his alias). Invader creates mosaics using small square tiles that are inspired by the 1978 arcade game 'Space Invader'. Because of the game's low-resolution graphics, the characters in it appeared to be very pixelated... so they were a natural fit for mosaic work!
*We also watched the AWESOME video below created by Patrick Jean. YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE IT.
Invader travels all over the world to install his mosaics in places where people will see them (for example the HOLLYWOOD sign in California), then afterwards posts his "invasion" locations online in the form of maps that he sells from his website.
After viewing his artwork, we discussed the issues concerning street art (semi/totally illegal) and their impressions of it. We also discussed Invader's personal style and approach to his artwork.
Then I had my 3rd graders begin lining their grids so they could create their own invader mosaics.
I have to give serious credit to Mollie who somehow amazing got her 3rd graders to completely measure and line their own grids (which is like an unheard of task)! I remember student teaching in a middle school and my 8th graders couldn't even do it without massively struggling!!
|Created this in a Word document|
and printed it out.
After students finished lining their grids, they drew the contour line of their own invader character on their grid to help map out their spaces.
|Love the eyelash addition! :)|
Students selected one complementary colors scheme, then set to work gluing down 1"x1" squares of construction paper that I had already pre-cut and put into little bowls (I'm pretty sure I killed my back hunching over my cutting board for like 30 minutes doing this!).
Once they were finished, they cut out the remaining white border from there paper and mounted their artwork on a black piece of construction paper.
|Prior to being displayed|
It was just a simple way I could combine some more math skills with the lesson (as if learning how to use a ruler wasn't enough!!). ;)
Last night teachers at my school had to stay late for curriculum night, so I thought that would be the perfect opportunity for me to hang up their artwork!
|Yes I made a mosaic for each letter. I LOVE displays.|
Today when I saw that particular class of third graders in the hallway, they were telling me how absolutely ecstatic they were to come in this morning to find their artwork hanging up throughout the hallways (just like street art)!
Best scavenger hunt ever!
Ahhh I love being an art teacher! :)