Kindergarteners went on a field trip to a pizzeria to learn how to make pizza while studying how to books. In art we created collage pizzas. We "baked" them in our pizza oven (drying rack). On the day we added our toppings one of the kindergartners was very outspoken about his pizza being a sushi not anchovy pizza. Can you spot the sushi pizza?
This project took 3-4 classes. Students were given two coloring book pages of a chosen character. They broke apart this character and spent the first class playing around with composition. On the 2nd day students were introduced to limited color palettes, or as we called it “trademark colors”. Construction paper and tissue paper were added to the composition (trademark colors only). On the final day students added colored pencil. We particularly focused on completing the negative space. Students either gridded their negative space or extended the lines of their coloring book character to divide up their negative space. Then paper and colored pencil were applied.
Can you figure out who each character originally was?
First grade collagraphs.
4th graders recently finished a tech/art project. Students were introduced to Adobe Photoshop. A variety of tools and skills were taught: working with multiple files simultaneously, file management, working with layers, copying & pasting, altering images through rotating and rescaling, the magnetic lasso tool, the paint bucket and paint brush tool, the gradient tool, and the font tool.
Students were provided with several animal photographs. They were given the challenge to create an imaginary animal. On the last day students had to add a background and sign their work. All students had the same 5 animal photographs to work from (rabbit, fish, alligator, zebra, and a parrot). It’s amazing how unique each student’s creature is.
First graders just completed one of my all time favorite projects: Eric Carle Collages. First students create patterned tissue paper with tempera paint. We use a variety of brushes and stamps. Then we use the patterned paper to create animals, plants, or bugs. This year we have a dragon in the mix, a butterfly drinking nectar, and a pregnant cat (at the bottom). AMAZING!
Kindergarteners just finished up these great mixed media pieces. We read the story “If the Dinosaurs Came Back” by Bernard Most then created drawings of cities using geometric shapes. Afterward students cut out shapes from pre-drawn templates. Then we collaged them together and added a pattern to the body and face and added them to our cities.
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.
2nd grade has begun choice based art making a few weeks back. So far they have the drawing, painting, and collage centers open. 2nd grade is so full of ideas they want to create imagery of.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I would be showing how I organize choice centers around the art room.
From top to bottom:clay,painting, drawing, fiber, sculpture (both smaller pics), and last is collage.
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!
ollages created by kindergarten
Third and 4th graders art studio time is looking different these days. We are moving towards a choice based curriculum (following the Teaching for Artist Behavior TAB philosophy for all of you teachery people). Students are now developing their own subject matter and deciding what materials they want to work with. This much independence means that students need to be able to get materials all on their own (and clean up). All of the art materials in the room have been organized into centers. So far we have a clay, fiber, drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. Each center has a menu. Students use the menus to remember procedures for gathering and cleaning up supplies. They also use them for help with techniques and subject matter. In upcoming weeks I’ll post about how each center is organized. There has been a lot of trial and error with the setup, but now the room is working pretty smoothly.
ape and Shape collages. These beauties were created with my 1st and 2nd grade art club! We worked on creating collages with tape and then reviewed shapes and created patterns of shapes with permanent markers.
Students in my animation senior academy (friday elective) created an original story for their final claymation. We unfortunately ran out of time to complete it and to fine tune, but it’s still pretty amazing. The students created everything from the backgrounds to the clay characters.