Thursday, March 21, 2013

Free Draw Time

Sometimes when children finish early and there are only a few minutes left of art class, I give students the opportunity to "Free Draw".  Students can get very creative, use their imagination and draw, or sometimes it back fires and students have no idea what to do so they need a little guidance like a sketchbook assignment or some creative play.  Often times, I give those students Kinex, magnetic mosaic puzzles, or straws and connectors to build things. 

Most students have no problem just drawing.  They can come up with amazing things.  One of my second graders had some free time and was drawing and this is what she came up with: 

She told me it was a picture of the view of the sun room in her house.  She said she was also working on a drawing of the same thing at home, but this one is from memory. Pretty cool, huh?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Birch Meadow Open House

Hey Birch Meadow Friends, 

Open House is just a few months away.  We are fortunate enough to have KidsArt Fairs come in and help us with this open house event.  The company comes in and frames the student work.  They provide us with banners, paper, invitations, etc. for our event.  A representative from KidsArt Fairs comes in and helps me frame all of the work and the frames are available for purchase.  It is a pretty neat event.  I'm not sure if PTO will make this a fund raising event, but if it is, a portion of the sales of the frames will go back to Birch Meadow.  Which is very nice for our school. 

Here are some of the project's being worked on so far:

Grade 5 "Zentangles"

Grade 5 "Zentangles"

Grade 3 Radial Symmetry Designs

Grade 3 Radial Symmetry Designs

Grade 3 Radial Symmetry Designs

Cut Paper Designs

Fourth Graders at Wood End (BMS WILL DO THIS SOON!) looked at color relationships and how they could use them in a cut paper design.  We discussed warm, cool, and neutral color families, analogous colors, and primary and secondary colors. 

We also discussed the different combinations they could use in their work. 
We came up with a thumbnail sketch.  A thumbnail sketch is a smaller version of the work used to help plan out the main piece of art work. 

Thumbnail sketch example by Kevin

Once we were done planning out our thumbnails, then we got down to business and created our masterpieces based on our designs.  Here are a couple of examples:

By Emma W.

By Max C.

By Kyle