Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Kindergarten and First Grade Miro Creatures

This lesson was inspired by the artist, Joan Miro, and his wonderfully creative use of line and shape to create images that look like imaginary creatures. We talked about the difference between organic and geometric shapes and discussed the characteristics of Miro's artwork. The artists then created their own creatures using a variety of lines and shapes, inspired both by Miro and their own ideas. They drew them with black oil pastel and added color with watercolor paint. The artists really enjoyed designing these amazing creatures!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fourth and Fifth Grade "Identity" Drawings

In this lesson, the artists explored the theme of expressing their identity in a drawing project. We looked at examples of how artists have addressed identity in their work and the young artists then brainstormed ideas of what makes them, them. After creating a list to work from, the artists got to drawing. They each created a drawing that shows us something about them - their family, their interests, etc. Here are some examples of how the artists took on this challenge. They did an amazing job!

Second and Third Grade Figure Drawings

The second and third graders were introduced to figure drawing in this lesson. They had the opportunity to work with wooden figures and draw them from observation. They then decided how they wanted to "dress" their figure and added a background. Some students focused on cartoon characters, others turned their figures into fashion models. Each drawing is creative and unique. The artists did a wonderful job on their drawings.