Wednesday, June 15, 2016
In this lesson, the students explored self-portraits. They had the opportunity to make self-portraits 3 different ways. First, they learned how to draw a realistic self-portrait and the basics of facial proportions. Next, we looked at work by Pablo Picasso and discussed the characteristics of his cubist portraits. They created their own cubist self-portrait. Finally, they worked with model magic to create a relief sculpture of themselves. These were all mounted together to create a complete series.
For this project, the students learned about the connections that can be made between art and music. The students learned about the artist, Romare Bearden, and his jazz inspired collages. We talked about how he used certain colors to create certain feelings and how he showed the musicians' emotions. We then listened to jazz music in class and the students brainstormed ideas about how they can show what the music looks like in their very own collage. After some brainstorming, the students used a variety of papers, including sheet music and drawings of instruments, to complete their jazz collages. Each one is creative and unique.
Friday, June 3, 2016
The 6th and 7th graders learned how to use a new-to-them medium for this project: charcoal pencils. They learned how to create light and dark values using the black and white pencils. Using mirrors, each artist created a realistic drawing of one of their eyes with the charcoal pencils. They did a fantastic job.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
All of the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders had the opportunity to work with clay. They learned how to create slabs, roll coils and connect the coils by scoring and slipping the clay. They then painted their coil pots using metallic, glossy paint. The 5th graders learned how to add additional pieces of clay to their pots besides coils.
While spending a semester in New Zealand during college, I learned quite a bit about the Maori people of New Zealand and their art and culture. Tattooing is a Maori tradition that has been making a comeback over the last few decades. Traditionally, Maori men and women tattoo their faces. Their designs are intricate and unique to each individual. In this lesson, the students learned about the Maori people and the characteristics of their tattoo designs and other artwork, such as woodcarving. After using plaster gauze and a mask form to create a mask, the students drew designs on their mask inspired by the Maori tattoos they learned about.