Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Metal Repousse by Grade 4

Fourth grade students at Wood End studied the art of Repousse.  It is the technique of decorating the surface of metal by using tools to raise or indent it.  Repousse is the French word meaning “to push”.  You could find repousse on everyday objects such as tin ceilings, metal frames, or sculpture. 
Fourth graders also looked at letter design and fonts.  Each student designed a letter (their first initial of their first name or last name) and applied it to their piece of tooling foil. 

I used two-tone, 38 gauge tooling foil.  You can purchase it here from Blick Art Materials.  I cut the foil into 6 x 6 inch squares just using my paper cutter.  The great thing about using your paper cutter is its easy to cut the foil and it sharpens your blade at the same time. 

The kids designed their letters on 6 x 6 inch drawing paper. They then used felt as a cushion, then they placed the foil on top of the felt, taped it on the felt, then placed their design on top of their foil and taped it on top.  They used ball point pens to trace over their design.  The design was then embossed into the foil. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Grade 2 Pattern

I wanted to teach my second graders about pattern.  Previous lesson that I have done weren't working.  I came across a lesson from a blog called "Art with Mr. E".  It was about making pattern rainforests.  I thought it was a great lesson, so I adapted it to fit into my curriculum.  The Birch Meadow students started this lesson at the end of September and I have finally had a chance to post the finished results.  See the old post here.  We drew our forests, and made sure there were lots of patterns in our tree branches and trunks.  We outlined our work with black sharpie, and then colored with oil pastel.  The last step was to over paint with watercolor paint to create a resist effect.  Currently, the Wood End students are working on this project.  They have just begun the lesson.   

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Grade 5: Mayan portraits and Pointillism

Wood End fifth graders are currently working on Mayan art.  They have studied exploration of the Americas in their social studies classes, and have discussed the Maya, the Inca, and the Aztec.  I focused on the Maya for this project.  In art, we discussed what we saw when we looked at Mayan art.  We came up with a list of things that were most prominent and important in the art we saw.  We noticed that the work had human and animal features, a headdress, lots of design and detail, shapes (organic and geometric), and they were symmetrical.  Our project was to create a Mayan portrait showing the above listed features. Then we will eventually paint them.  So far we have started our drawings. 

The Fifth graders at Birch Meadow are studying pointillism.  Pointillism came out of the art movement of impressionism.  In Pointillism, the artist uses small dots or strokes of paint to make up the pictures. From far away, these dots blend together to form the picture and give the impression of different colors as they blend together. Georges Seurat was the most famous pointillist painter.  He developed the style of painting in this fashion.  The most famous work by can be seen here.  We chose either an animal, a landscape or a vehicle to draw for our subjects.  So far we are still in progress with this lesson.  I will post more photos when we are finished. 


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Grade 3-Shape and Primary Color Review

shape painting by BMS student

Third Graders at Birch Meadow and Wood End have been discussing the art element of shape. We spoke about shapes being 2-D and that there were two types of shapes, Organic and Geometric.  Geometric shapes are regular shapes like circles, triangles, rectangles, squares, etc.  Organic shapes typically are irregular in outline. Natural shapes like seashells, leaves, trees, people, etc. can also be classified as organic.  After our shape review, we discussed primary colors.  Primary colors are Red, Yellow, and Blue. They are called primary colors because they cannot be created by mixing other colors. Primary colors form the basis for color theory or color mixing, as using these three colors it's possible to mix most other colors.  We painted organic and geometric shapes using primary colors.  Students filled their pages with shapes.  After our paintings were dry, we added black and white over painting.  We used black and white paint to trace around our shapes. we also looked at the way our brush strokes moved on the page.  We traced some of our brush strokes with black or white paint.  We also added some line designs to our paintings.  When we finished, we had beautiful abstract shape paintings.  I'm planning on making this my next display of art work in school.  They look great!

completed shape painting by Desiree R. gr. 3, BMS