Friday, November 7, 2014

Musical Instruments in Paper Sculpture 7/8 grade

This was a popular project with all my students in the middle school elective.

First we practiced different shapes we can make with paper cardstock. Tubes , cylinders, square shapes, and folded paper were some of the possibilities. Next each student chose an instrument and drew in their sketchbook.

The students were very imaginative with the instruments they chose. This one was very challenging.


Only paper and white glue were allowed on this project. A hair dryer helped with the drying time.

After the sculpture was built the acrylic paint was added for realistic color.

A Banjo

Lastly, the students had to learn how to use the needle and thread for their stringed instruments.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jousting Sticks for Castle Day

Every year the Fourth Grade holds a castle day complete with a costumed play and jousting festivities.

The students enjoy painting their cardboard fabric tubes with paint after taping with masking tape.

Its always a challenge not to get paint on the ceiling.

I am so fortunate to have many parent volunteers that come into help with these messy projects.

Everyone had fun anticipating the fun day. One boy was concerned they would get to practice how to joust before.....

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Middle Ages Castles- 4th grade


Fourth Grade is learning about middle ages and we drew our own castle in art class

First we used a few cardboard templates for the front of the castle and some of the towers. We talked about how to draw an elipse at the top so it looked rounded and 3D.

Students could draw the castle longways or tall holding their paper portrait style. We learned about crenellations on the top of the towers and wall.  These shapes allow for the archers to hide while protecting the castle.

Next we learned how to draw blocks of the castle by alternating each row.  Gray oil pastels were used for the castle or art stix if they wanted to add color.

We read Mrs. Frizzles castle adventure to learn how the castles use different defenses against attacks. Students could add porticos, moats, knights and horses, shields and many other creative elements.

They all came out so different!



Clay Slab Building in 6th Grade

We made boxes in 6th grade using a cardboard template, wooden slats, and a rolling pin. We tried to get our boxes really square.



This class did great and were very focused during the class. Next we will be making our sculptures .

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tempera Ink Resist








For this project we used ink and tempera paint.

We tried the tempera Ink resist in the 7/8 grade class. We started with cardboard and outlined our drawing with chalk to give a boundary for painting the tempera.

Some wanted mostly black background. Color was added before we applied the ink.

We taped down the painting on a board to give more support when washing off the ink. This did not come out as well as using the heavy watercolor paper.



Greek Scratchboard vases

Sixth grade is learning about Greek myths so we studied Classical art.  This included  Greek and Roman art and architecture.

One way we can learn about Greek life and myths is from the ancient greek vases. We made our own scratchboard with orange oil pastel and black tempera.

Each student chose a creature or person from  a Greek myth or everyday life.  I brought in library books on greek myths that were illustrated for ideas.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Chinese Take-out Charcoal Sketching

We set up some chinese boxes with a spotlight to show the lights and darks in our 7/8 grade class.

We started with gray construction paper and added charcoal : pressed, pencil charcoal, white and  vine charcoal.

The students enjoyed this activity.

Shadows were added on the table.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Oil Pastel Abstract O'Keefe Paintings and poems




This was our fundraiser project for the year. Sixth graders learned about blending oil pastel and adding shades and tints.

I had photos of closeups of flowers that we used a viewfinder to further enlarge the flower part. I stressed that the edges of petals should not be drawn to get an abstract look.
Students could choose any colors they wanted.  We talked about georgia okeefe used a lot of analogous colors in her paintings.

Next the students wrote a poem about their painting. They were supposed to imagine what the painting might look like. We used cinquain style of poem.


Under the Sea Self Portrait

This was an extra project for students that finished early. I brought in some snorkel masks and fins for them to sketch. Next they made a drawing of themselves under the sea.

They traced these onto scraps of watercolor paper. Flesh colored oil pastel and white crayon were used for resist bubbles. They used pan watercolors for the figures and liq watercolor for the background. A few came out really well.