Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fresh From the Art Room | Classroom Update

We are currently starting our final projects of the year.  [I can't believe it!]  But for now, let me catch you up on what we just finished...
5th and 4th grade have been working on the same concepts for the past two projects.  Both grades participated in a school wide Egyptian art unit by creating Egyptian sarcophagi.  They reviewed SYMMETRY, and learned about hieroglyphics.  
After that, they learned about creating TINTS and SHADES by making an undersea painting.  You can find these handouts here-  I would have let the students have more freedom with other colors, but I really only had blue left, and underwater came to mind.  Thanks for visiting!
3rd grade also participated in the Egyptian art unit by creating Egyptian PORTRAITS!  This might be my favorite project from this year.  What a wonderful job the students did!
After that, 3rd grade made ORIGAMI frogs, but I forgot to take photos!
After origami, 3rd grade started creating ASSEMBLAGE art like the artist Louise Nevelson.  They are just starting to paint their sculptures this week!
2nd grade created a fun pyramid COLLAGE as part of the Egyptian art unit!
After that, 2nd and 1st grade both created ABSTRACT Picasso PORTRAITS.
1st grade and kindergarten created Egyptian necklaces and learned a little bit about PERSPECTIVE by drawing the pyramids.
Kindergarten just finished learning about weaving by creating some alligator WEAVINGs!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Art Room Handouts [Round One]

Hello all!

I have truly been neglecting this blog in light of Instagram.  I use Instagram as my daily art room journal, so if you enjoy seeing elementary art projects then follow me there! [@teachandshoot]  I've gotten a lot of feedback lately on the handouts I create for my projects, so I decided to start sharing them on here.

My most recent handout is about creating notan paper cutting designs.  You can click on these to see them full size.  Feel free to print these out and make copies!  I made them double sided copies.  I do make enough for each student to have for their portfolio.  It's nice to know that they will have some explanation papers along with their work when they take it home!
In case you don't know...
Nōtan is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark as they are placed next to the other in art and imagery. 

You don't have to use collage to make a notan desing, but I love the process of cutting and flipping the paper.  I haven't started this project yet, but it will address positive and negative space, contrast, and symmetry!  I'll let you know how it goes this year!

Here are the handouts!  Enjoy!