Monday, September 20, 2010

Contour line, Self-Portraits, and Patterns

 What do contour line, Self-Portraits, and patterns have in common? 
Its what we're working on in art this week!

Fourth grade students began a drawing lesson.  We learned about contour line.  In drawing, contour line is a line defining an edge or a form.  In other words, it is the outline of something. 

self-portrait practice by Julia F. Gr. 5

Students were given random objects to draw.  They were not allowed to use pencil for this drawing.  Instead we used black sharpie marker. The students were given 5 minutes to complete a drawing.  By the end of class we ended up with 4 or 5 drawings depending on our time used to draw. 

Gr. 1 self-portraits

Fifth graders and first graders are working on self-portraits.  Fifth graders started a practice portrait in their sketchbooks.  First graders began their portraits.  Next week, Fifth graders will start their final project for portraits, and first graders will continue thier portraits and add some color using crayon. 

Beginning stages of pattern forest by Joanna C. Gr. 2
Second graders are learning about patterns in art.  For our project we are creating a pattern forest. Today we began the forrest drawings.  Second graders used previously learned knowledge of how to draw trees for this project.  Last year ( as first graders), we did a project making birch trees using tape and paint.  We observed that branches come off trees in the shape of the letter V or Y.  We used that knowledge this year to create our forest drawings.  Patterns are placed in the trunks and branches of the trees.  So far things are turning out great! 


  1. Hi. I love your blog. What a great way to showcase what your students are doing in art, and what a great way to make sure that art and humanities education is preserved in this community. I teach at the high school and I'm always thrilled by the work the kids produce.