Thursday, February 28, 2013

Grade 5 Slab Castles

Work by (from L to R): Nakeya, Michael, Chloe, Jenn, Julia, and Katie

Fifth Graders at Wood End created slab castles.  I adapted this lesson from the book, Dynamic Art Projects for Children, by Denise M. Logan.  The book is available on Amazon. 

I had the children discuss what a slab of clay was.  We determined that it was a flat piece of clay.  We then made our slabs and cut out the castle shape from a template my trusty volunteer drew (thanks Mr. M.!). 

The next class we added details like the battlements (the square shapes at the tops of the walls).  And we rolled them onto a paper towel tube to hold its shape.  We then cut out windows and added details like bricks or stones. 

After we let them dry, we glazed our castles. I let the students choose what colors they wanted to glaze their work.  We went over the glaze colors and students began to paint. We used 2-3 coats of glaze to maximise color and to guarantee coverage.  They turned out great! 


Monday, February 25, 2013

Clay Dragons Grade 1

Birch Meadow First Graders in Mrs. Beckman's class made clay dragons.  I got the lesson from Rina's K-6 Art Blog.  I thought it would be a different experience from my usual first grade pinch pot lesson. 

I was kind of not as much fun as I had thought they would be! Many dragon's broke in half and had me gluing things together for hours after school! I made the dragons with humps by having the kids roll out a thick coil and draping it over a T.P. tube.  Despite my displeasure super gluing together dragons and my fingers (that is an annual thing), they did end up looking really cool, and the kids were really excited to get them back.   

I have not yet gotten around to the other 2 classes (Mrs. Piazza and Mrs. Davie...sorry friends!!) doing a clay project yet.  Their art classes run on Mondays and for some reason, my Monday friends have less classes than any other day of the week ( Monday holidays, snow days, vacation weeks, etc.). 

I think I will have them make the S and the C shapes that Rina talked about in her blog. 

Here is a picture:

fired and glazed dragons

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pueblo Coil Pottery

Second graders at Wood End are studying Native American culture.  I have done a few projects with the students that highlight each region they have studied or are studying, but this one takes the cake and has been my favorite.  We looked at Pueblo (Southwest tribes) coil pottery and looked at the different styles.  We also looked at Maria Martinez who was one of the most well known Pueblo potters.  Then we started to build our pots.  The first thing we did was create a base for our pots.  Then, the nest class I taught students how to make coils.  The third class, I showed students how to add coil design in their work.  So far we are in the middle of this project, but I will update as soon as projects are completed! Here are a couple of samples of work.....

By Jessica

By Cole

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Expressionist Landscapes

Third graders at WES have begun their Landscape unit in Art.  We learned about the parts of a landscape (foreground, middlegroud, and background and horizon line).  We then drew landscapes from a collection of photographs that I have.  Then we discussed expressionism.  Expressionist artist focused more on their feelings and how colors expressed emotion rather than painting something realistic. They used bright and unusual colors, bold and simple shapes, and their brush strokes showed a lot of texture in their paintings.  We looked at different artists work and discussed what emotion we thought the colors in each painting might mean.  We also looked at the painting style and we will try to emulate that style in our work. 

After we drew our landscapes, we needed to plan out what types of colors we would use in our work.  I gave each student a "thumbnail sketch" worksheet.  A thumbnail sketch is a smaller version of your work used to plan out what you are doing in your artwork.  Many artists use thumbnail sketches to plan their work.  See photo below

Ava H. painting using her thumbnail sketch

 Once our work was planned out, we were able to start painting.  I placed primary color and white.  I did not put out black only because colors get too muddy when using black.  We learned that mixing a color with white makes the color lighter.  This is called a tint. We also reviewed color mixing with paint.
Here is how our work looks so far:

By Chloe M.

By Charlotte C.