Thursday, January 30, 2014

Artome Projects Begin!

Over the past two months I have been so ridiculously busy. Designing our school's yearbook from scratch (and heading several fundraisers in support of it) has been a VERY time consuming process. But the show must go on! :)

Picture from our artome show LAST year.
These past couple of weeks I've begun working on my artome projects with my kids. If you don't already know, Artome is a youth art show provider (and a great fundraiser for your school). First the company sends you "artome paper" (which is actually a nicely weighted paper which holds paint well), you create artwork on it with your students (at my school every student creates a piece - so in total this year we will have over 2,000 pieces of artwork), you send the artwork into the company (they pay shipping), they frame EVERY piece and it deliver back to your school on the day of the scheduled art show and assemble your art gallery. During your art show parents have the opportunity to purchase their child's artwork in the frame it's been placed in. The frame itself costs $19 (as reported on the artome website as of today) but you set the final price for your parents. At my school the past few years we've sold the framed artwork for $35.. so we've made a profit of $16 on each frame sold (which goes back directly to our art budget). At the end of the art show, the company dissembles the gallery and sends you back all of the artwork that was not sold (to be returned to the students). You only pay the $19 frame cost for the artwork that sells.
So anywayyyyy.... I've started working on my artome art projects with my kids. :)
For kindergarten I am doing my Lupine painting project, 1st grade is doing variety flower paintings, 2nd grade is doing cityscapes, 3rd grade is doing a Georgia O'Keeffe inspired tissue paper collage (more to come on this one soon), 4th grade is creating seascapes, and 5th grade is creating Australian dot art paintings.
Below are some of the pieces created this year so far...

Kindergarten Lupine Painting
Kindergarten Lupine Painting
Decided to create a display with this before I glue them onto the artome paper. :)




4th Grade Seascape
4th Grade Seascape
4th Grade Seascape
4th Grade Seascape
Wanted to make a display with these first too. :)
Wanted to make a display with these first too. :)
Wanted to make a display with these first too. :)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Op Art Paper Weaving Display

Just wanted to share my op art inspired paper weaving display. No glamorous title yet.. but still sooo colorful and pretty! :)


To see the lesson post, click here.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Op Art Paper Weaving (3rd and 5th)

EQ: What is Op Art? Paper weaving?

This project was born out of my need to come up with a 3 day project to do with my 3rd graders this past week (Monday was a teacher workday.. and Tuesday we ended up having off because of the 'polar vortex'). Originally I planned to do it just with my 3rd graders.. but decided to do it with my 5th graders as well because I thought they'd really be into it - and I was right. :)
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Are the circles white or gray?
Before beginning our discussion about Op Art, I showed my students a video clip that I found on youtube. The video shows an animated montage of art pieces created by the father of op art himself, Victor Vasarely. I'm happy I opened with this clip because it got ALL of my students REALLY excited about what we were going to be making.
After the video clip, we began discussing what Op Art (Optical Art) is (a form of abstract art that gives the illusion of movement by the precise use of pattern and color, or in which conflicting patterns emerge and overlap). To help my students get a better understand of what optical illusions are, I showed them a PPT I put together with some of my favorite examples I found online (they LOVED this).



Then onto the project! After talking about how color choice and pattern can create pretty awesome optical illusions, we looked at a variety of examples of paper weavings that I created which mimicked the Op Art style. Then I demonstrated to students how to create a paper weaving.


To start with, I had students select 2 pieces of 4.5"x6" colored construction paper to create a practice weaving. They had the freedom to cut their warp and weft strips however they wanted to and could use whatever colors they desired. Once they showed me their practice example, they moved onto 9"x12" colored paper. Again they could cut their strips however they wanted to and could choose any colors (this time they had the option of picking more than 2 colors). On the whiteboard I hung a variety of examples and drew schematics next to it to show students how I created that particular example.
 Below are the op art paper weavings my kids created! :)

3rd grade student weaving
3rd grade student weaving
3rd grade student weaving
3rd grade student weaving
3rd grade student weaving

5th grade student weaving
5th grade student weaving
5th grade student weaving
5th grade student weaving
5th grade student weaving
5th grade student weaving
5th grade student weaving
5th grade student weaving

If you are interested in a more thoroughly explained lesson plan with visuals, project samples, step-by-step visual directions, a warp cut schematic handout, a link to the video, and the PowerPoint presentation, check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store