Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Clay Owls-Grade 2

I got this lesson from the blog ArtSmudge-Art for Small Hands.  I had actually pinned this on my Pinterest Board for 3-D art projects...Check that out here if you want to.  Second graders first started with a small ball of clay.  Then we made a small hole like we were going to make a pinch pot.  We then shaped the clay over our thumb and wiggled our thumbs inside of the clay to make the hole a bit bigger.  Then we used clay tools like the plastic modeling tools, toothpicks, paper clips, and marker caps to make textures for our owls.  We also used the pinch and pull  method to make our beaks, feathers and if some one wanted extended wings.  Then when they were finished, we initialed them and let them dry.  Then I fired them in the kiln for the bisque stage.  Once fired we glazed them.  Here are some pictures: 

Clay in the drying stage after building

Bisque Stage (after firing, clay turns white)

Pre-Glaze Fire sitting on kiln shelves

After Glaze Fire.  All shiny and cute! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Color Wheel

Finished color wheel

  First grade students at WES (BMS students will work on this soon!) learned about what a color wheel is today.  We determined that a color wheel is a tool to help artists mix colors.  We knew that primary colors are red, yellow and blue.  When we mix two primary colors together, we get a secondary color.  We used Crayola Model Magic, which is a soft, pliable product that dries in 24 hours.  It stays spongy and lightweight even when dry. 

1st grader mixing model magic

I made a worksheet for first graders.  I drew a circle and on the inside of the circle, I drew a triangle. I drew six dots around the circle.   Below, I made a box that had the color combinations listed (see image for reference). 
Each child received a piece of red, yellow and blue model magic.  we rolled each color into a 'worm' shape and cut them so that we had four pieces of each color.

1st grader working on color wheel

We started with our primary colors and glued a piece of each on the points of the triangle in the worksheet (see image for reference).  We then mixed our secondary colors and placed them on the appropriate spots on our color wheel (orange went between red and yellow, green went between yellow and blue, and purple went between red and blue). We had one more of each color at the end because we had cut our model magic into 4 pieces. We took the last of them and mixed them all together to create either neutral grey or a brown color.  We then glued that in the middle of the color wheel to show that all of the colors mixed make that neutral grey/brown. At the end of the lesson, we wrote down our color combinations and added some crayon drawings on our color wheel.  This is a really fun easy lesson for first graders.  Each child gets so excited to see the color change.  They all think this is a fun lesson.  It is also great for any teacher is a little weary of using paint to make a color wheel.  When using model magic, there is no mess to clean up!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Three Dimensional drawing using Light and Shadow

One of my goals this year is to start teaching 5th graders how to draw things 3-D using light and shadow successfully.   In past years, students have struggled because I don't think I was making it easy for them. I found a great resource that I have been using called Hooked on Drawing, by Sandy Brooke (Clicking this link will take you to Amazon).  It has some great easy ways for grades 4 and up to practice drawing technique. 

 What we did at Birch Meadow and will do at Wood End is start with a basic flat circle and turn it in to a sphere just using light and shadow (see my example below). 
Example by Mrs. Erb

All you need to do is figure out where your light source is coming from, and use your charcoal to add the darkest area first, then you smudge and blend it to create your sphere.  Also use your eraser to help with the light spots.  Taking this idea and knowledge, we are applying it to still life drawing.  I bought some pumpkins and gourds and we are using them as our still life.  Birch Meadow is currently working on this and Wood End will begin this project next week  Here are some examples:

5th graders at BMS drawing from a still life

5th grader drawing still life (detail)

Blind contour Self Portraits in 3-D

A few weeks ago, we worked on a blind contour drawing lesson.  Contour drawing is essentially outline drawing, and blind contour drawing means drawing the outline of the subject without looking at the paper. The end result doesn't matter - what is important is carefully observing the subject. This is a perfect drawing exercise to help train the eyes to look at the subject rather than at the paper.  Students were not allowed to look at their paper, and they had to use one continuous line.  For self portraits we used a mirror to look in.  We also did portraits of partners for practice.  We used a paper bag to draw in because it helped the students not look down at their paper.  We ended up taking those blind contour drawings and turning them into 3-D portraits.  Here are some results:

5th graders at WES working on blind contour portraits in their paper bags

example of blind contour portrait (by Mrs. Erb)
student at BMS working on building wire portrait
Finished student work from BMS

finished student work from BMS