3rd & 4th Graders had the option of studying Alma Thomas, the Gee’s Bend quilt makers or Kehinde Wiley in February in connection to Black History Month. Three stations were set up around the room with ipads showing videos of each artist, examples of their work, a photo of the artist, and step-by-step directions for that project. These are some of the results from the students who learned about Kehinde Wiley.
What were the steps of the project you ask?
1. Students selected a famous historical portrait (examples provided) to base their pose on.
2. Students partnered up to photograph each other with digital cameras.
3. Then students created an intricate patterned background in colored sharpie or oil pastel (examples of motifs from cultures around the world were provided as inspiration).
4. Finally students cut out and glued their photo into their background and added pattern that overlap their photo.
It’s been a while since I posted work coming out of the self-directed classes with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Only one of these pieces was based on a demonstration I presented as an option (Found object face, 7th from the top). Sometimes I worry that the quality of work or themes explored might suffer in a self-directed setting, that students won’t challenge themselves or think as creatively without more teacher direction. After searching through work for this post I feel reassured that this is not the case. Cause check out this awesome stuff! More to come soon around how I assess a self directed art class.
2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade Choice Drawing Projects. How about those metallic sharpie markers?!?! Amazing right?
At the beginning of every year students create self portraits in the art studio. This year they created collage self portraits. Younger grades were given oil pastels to add facial features. Older grades were encouraged to add 3 dimensional elements. They did an amazing job. These are all on display the whole year above their classroom door.
These are our “Best in Show” winners at the art show (top to bottom: K,1,2,3,4). All of the students visited the art show last Friday and voted. I schedule their visits so that older students visited with younger students and partnered up to help each other vote. It was a really great seeing the kids working together and helping each other.
The art show!
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade art displays at the art show!
Today was Creativity Day! The art show was open for families in the gym and a whole bunch of art projects were happening in the cafeteria (which I’ll blog about later this week). For the 2nd year in a row we raffled off artwork created by each class at our school. Our music teacher donated guitars that he was replacing and students custom painted them (I did touch ups and polyurethaned them). Students took turns during art class adding to the designs. 4th-2nd grade created abstract pieces, though 3rd and 4th focused on symmetry. 1st grade focused on lines and Kinder created fish drawings that I decoupaged on because they have been studying aquatic life. From top to bottom 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, Kinder.
Choice art is now in full effect with 4th, 3rd, and 2nd graders. Every class I teach is even more exciting than before when I led the project. I still demo a lesson, but when I move about the room asking kids about their work it’s a unique conversation every time because they are all working on something different. Before I would walk up and ask what are working on? And of course I already knew. They were working on the project I told them to work on. Don’t get me wrong there is still a time and place for a more guided project. For example 4th graders are doing marbling this week. 2nd graders will be creating some transportation printmaking projects later in the year. But man the diverse work the kids are creating is astounding!
onochromatic landscape paintings. These beauties were created by our third graders. Man oh man was it a rigorous project! Students learned about the different parts of a landscape: horizon line, background, middle ground and foreground. They looked at Ansel Adams landscape photography for inspiration. Then they learned about tints (a color mixed with white), shades (a color mixed with black) and tones (a color mixed with grey). They practiced these during a few art classes with a mini project about geometric and organic shapes. When students were good and ready they began painting.
ints, shades and tones created by 3rd grade. Students learned about organic vs. geometric shapes and practiced drawing them to use as a template for their color mixing practice. This warm up exercise will help everyone practice mixing tints, shades and tones before creating monochromatic landscape paintings.
Creativity Day & the Art Show were a huge success! Here are few pictures of the art show Every student in our school had one artwork displayed. Their art, along with beautiful decorations and signs painted by my after school art clubs transformed the gym into a museum.
Thank you to all of the staff who volunteered to help hang the artshow!