Thursday, October 25, 2012

Moving Lines (3rd grade)

Moving Line Project
 "How to make a line move?"... is the question that third grade students were asked.

We discussed vertical, horizontal and wavy lines.  Vertical lines seem tall and strong.  Horizontal lines in a work of art seem placid or calm.  While wavy and diagonal lines show movement.

Students in third grade drew diagonal lines across their 8 1/2" X 12" paper and colored inside those lines using various colors of markers.

Supplies Needed:

  1. One sheet of white construction paper, 9"x12"
  2. One sheet of black construction paper, 12"x18"
  3. Ruler
  4. Pencil and eraser
  5. Markers, assorted colors
  6. Glue sticks

Then students used a ruler as a measurement tool to mark of every 1/2" across their paper.  After measuring students were able to connect those lines with the straight edge of the ruler.  We numbered using a pencil the sections from 1-24.  
Reese is working on her measurements.

Zander and Sky tracing straight lines using a ruler.

Paige is cutting out each vertical line.

Even with costumes on, we work hard in art.

The lines are starting to move!

From straight diagonal lines to curves!

"I love how this looks!" she says.

Hawkeye colors!

Students were then asked to cut on all twenty-three lines working on their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

 Once all lines were cut-out, students were asked to create two piles.  In one pile students had their #1-12 strips and the second pile had #13-24.  We all started with number 12!

Ms. Victoria helping Amanda on her project.

There are lots of steps for this project, but they loved the final design

We glued number twelve down like a horizontal line across the paper.  Then we went backwards, using number 11 next down through number 1.  Each strip that was glued down had to have one side overlap and the other side a finger space between.
"This is a lot like a puzzle!" they said.

Counting backwards...12, 11, 10, 9 and 8.

The finished projects showed how straight lines can bend and move by slowly altering their placement on the black paper.  One side always overlapped and the other always had a finger width space between showing the black paper underneath.  This is the first time I've ever taught this lesson to third grade students.  It was challenging with the measurement but the final projects were all unique and beautiful.

Luke is carefully adding glue to each strip of numbered paper.

Cooper's top half is complete and it looks like a fan!

Kevin has a great design through her "Moving Line" project.

Grace is laying out her pieces in number order.

Ashton, Avery and Angel have the hang of making the lines move.

Ours have a "rainbow" pattern!

Ms. Victoria helping her 3rd graders.
Finished project by a 3rd grader.

The lines curve on this piece one direction.

Curves are found going both ways in this 3rd grade project.

Brooke is using the cool colors in her project.

It's like putting a puzzle together to make art!

This takes time and patience!

A rainbow of color!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Outerspace (1st grade)

The ladies are adding far away stars.
 Students in first grade created Outerspace scenes that included planets, stars, sun, moon and a rocket.  We discussed our own solar system and learned that Earth is third closest to the sun.  We also learned that Jupiter was the largest planet in our solar system and Saturn has rings.

Our suns are the focal point in our picture.

Cutting is difficult at times.

Students in first grade worked on their fine motor skill development on this mixed media project.  They painted, colored, cut and glue items together to create their own outer space scene.
We each have a different style in art!

Working on our outer space scene.
Check out her astronaut flying outside the rocket!
Students also attempted to learn how to color in a sphere by shading the side that is furthest away from the sun.  We talked about how day and night are created on Earth.

Black paper makes it look like a dark sky.

We are cutting out five pointed stars.

Soaring off into space!

We also attempted to learn how to draw and cut-out a five pointed star.  This was the first attempt that many of them had at drawing stars.  What a fantastic job they did!
This rocket belongs to the USA!

The rocket boosters are moving my ship into space!

We painted many small stars to make it look like they are far away.

Attempting to stay on task in art.

Outerspace is COOL!

We like to paint!

Twinkle, twinkle little star...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Robert Indiana's "Love" (4th grade)

Fourth grade students watched a PowerPoint presentation this morning about American Pop Artist Robert Indiana.  We learned that Robert Indiana was actually born Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana on September 13, 1928.  After completing his education, Robert moved to New York where he later changed his last name to Indiana.  Students selected their own one word for their wish for the world and wrote a sentence about that wish on a sloppy copy first and then went to their final paper.
I selected the word DRAW for my project.

LIKE and LIFE were selected by these boys.

Indiana is considered a Pop Artist (artist who combined bits and pieces of advertising to express contemporary values of culture), but he described himself as a sign painter.
HOPE and FEED were two popular words that fourth graders used in their project.
Students used three oil pastels to color.

Oil pastels are messy, but fun!

Few Pop images are more widely recognized than Indiana's LOVE.  Originally designed as a Christmas card commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in 1965.  LOVE has appeared in prints, paintings, sculptures, banners, rings, tapestries and even stamps.

Attempting to get all the white colored in with pastels.

We all have our own unique art style.
Camryn choose the word "Hope".

Oil pastels are bright colors!

Jordyn's wish for the world is that everyone is fed.
Hannah choose cool colors.

Friends help friends in art.

Fourth grade students working hard... Indiana would be proud!

Max used the word "Hope".

Will did "Gift" in all blue tones.

Layne choose "Life" with all green!