6th Grade students FINALLY finished up the tempera batiks we started back near Halloween season. I am happy with the results, but we learned our lesson when it comes to time frames.
A new addition to the art room this past week were Bistro Markers! I was starting to get annoyed with the chalk in my room. I constantly was wiping the dust off my hands, and sneezing. SO... I researched for an alternative. I found Bistro markers, which work similar to a standard paint marker. They write on the board, but can wipe off with a mere wet sponge. No complaints there! And the kids love the neon colors :)
2nd Grade students completed (for the most part) their oil pastel creations today. The artwork featured at the left is by a famous artist called Kandinsky. (Click on the image to be linked to an additional info page)
We used his concentric circles composition as a change to create art, but also to use our Color Theory knowledge with our design.
In the 2nd graders pieces, each set of circles should be using a specific color combination. For example, warm, cool, neutrals, complementary or secondary. I have this lesson planned for all of the lower elementary students. When complete, all of the art will be combined together to create one very large collaborative piece!
5th Grade Warm Color Trees
Mr. LaBonte's class created these amazing tree paintings. They are still in the process of completion. Unfortunately, we will be missing days due to NO SCHOOL days. We have art on Thursdays, which we do not have a lot of in November.
The following steps w completed over a few weeks of classes.
1. Tape off tree design on cardboard using masking tape.
2. Paint over the tape with desired background color.
(My students were required to use warm colors - red, orange, yellow, and pink)
3. Let the paint try and apply a second coat if needed.
4. Remove masking tape very carefully.
5. Paint tree space black to create a tree silhouette.
6. Add details like metallic paint, sequins, glitter, etc for some pizazz.
7. Add finishing coat of Mod Podge to seal paint.
4th grade students had a wonderful day in class today. Sometimes, teachers have days when they feel "off" so to speak. Today, after 2:15pm or so, I was not feeling like myself - very light headed and nauseous. Mrs. Martin's class was SO accommodating, and thoughtful during their half an hour of art for the week. THANK YOU 4th graders!! Hopefully they didn't think I was too crazy with how weird I was acting. :)
During this class, they finished their Witch paintings (a little behind schedule... whoops! But still fun) with watercolor paint. The paint was added over the crayon, creating a wax resist in some areas. I love the results, AND a student took all of these photos! I think I want to start giving that responsibility more often to the upper elementary students.
Sometimes projects don't go quite as I planned. These were supposed to be really detailed owl paintings, but the painting day was filled with mistakes. There were lots of spills, and tears, oh my! SO, the following week I decided to let them have fun and finish them how they pleased - using marker or oil pastel :) The results were cute... even if it wasn't exactly how I'd planned it.
2nd Grade artists completed this lovely sunset paintings. The process went something like this:
1. Draw a sunset design with black sharpie marker
2. Fill in the white paper with watercolor paint. Warm colors for the sky. Cool colors for the ocean.
3. Go over the dried paint with oil pastel to enhance the color.
4. Matte the final painting on blue construction paper to finalize it.
The results are fantastic, and the 2nd graders had a lot of fun completing this project!
Owls were the subject of this adorable creation by my youngest artists - The Young 4's class. These students are 3 and 4 years old, and keep me on my toes. The owls were completed in multiple class periods... focusing on a section each time. The owl shape is filled with various lines. They learned about straight, broken, zig-zag, and wavy. The background of the night sky was filled with cool colors - greens, blues, and purples (Black might have snuck in there, too). Then basic shapes were added to give the owl a face, and wings. I think the results are just cute as a button!
Also pictured are the final results of their Mixed Media project. Masking tape was removed to reveal North Central Art in lettering. :)