Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pie in the Sky

I went over to one of my favorite art blogs, Deep Space Sparkle and borrowed this lesson.  The art work is adapted from the book "Pie in the Sky", by Lois Elhert.  Lois Elhert is an author and illustrator of children's books.  The way she illustrates books are by creating collages to create images.  Collage is a form of art that usually uses colorful papers to create an image.  You can also use fabrics, threads, gems, and other materials in collage. 

The project focuses o the way the birds are created. I tried this with Second grade over at Birch Meadow, and Third Grade at Wood End. I wanted to see which grade level responded better to this lesson.

 First we began by painting papers to use in our collage.  Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the students painting their papers.  If you are afraid of messes, this is not the project for you!  The kids really enjoyed just painting and making their own paper.

The next class we created a background for the birds.  We made branches and leaves on the branches. 

Next, we cut out shapes for our birds.  Patty at Deep Space Sparkle offers PDF booklets of lessons for a very reasonable price.  I did purchase the lesson and used the templates provided in the booklet. 

cutting out bird shapes

cutting out branches for the background. 
 After the birds were cut out, we put them together and added cherries and other details to the background.  Here are some of the results:
gluing bird together
completed bird by Shannon

Completed bird by Hannah

completed collages by (Left) Sean M., (Top Right) Matthew J., and (Bottom Right) Claire F.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Picasso Guitars, part 2

We finally started painting our Cubist style guitars using tints and shades of one color.  We chose either Blue (for Blue Period), Red (for Rose Period), or Purple because its a popular color. 
Here are some results:

BMS 4th Graders in Mrs. Garelick's class painting

Alan painting his guitar

Matthew's guitar

Jeffrey's guitar

More 4th graders from Mr. Kaminski's class painting

Renee and Emma painting

Ceeva's guitar (WES)

Matthew D's guitar (WES)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mola Inspired Drawings by BMS grade 3

Third Graders at Birch Meadow are working on a piece of art inspired by Molas. 
A mola is part of the traditional costume of the Kuna women of Panama.   "Mola" means "shirt" or "clothing". The mola originated with the tradition of Kuna women painting their bodies with geometrical designs, using available natural colors; in later years these same designs were woven in cotton, and later still, sewn using cloth bought from the European settlers of Panama. 

Kuna Woman selling Molas (from wikipedia)
Molas are made by using the technique of appliqué.  Appliqué means that pieces of fabric are sewn on to other pieces of fabric. 
For our project, we studied where the Kuna Yala or Guna Yala people lived, which is in Panama on a small group of Islands that were formerly called the San Blas region.  It is near the Darien Rainforest and Columbia.  Since it is so close to the rainforest, we decided that the subject of our mola inspired drawings should be rainforest animals. 
We started by drawing different types of rainforest animals.  We drew them on black paper and outlined them with white Elmer's glue.
Jessie outlining in glue

Once the glue dried, we added color using oil or chalk pastel.  I gave the choice of either material, because many children have some tactile issues with chalk, meaning that they can't stand the feeling of it.  So instead of making them use it, I gave them the option of using oil pastel.  It was split between oil and chalk pastel.  Each has a different outcome.  Here are some of the results:

Chalk Pastel Mola by Kiara

Chalk Pastel Mola by Erin (unfinished)

Chalk Pastel Mola by Braden
Oil Pastel Mola by Haley (unfinished)