Monday, October 25, 2010

Sketchbook/Drawing Ideas

This topic came up on my listserve today & I posted my list of prompts, so I thought I would post them here as well. These are meant to be a jumping off point for students, to get the ideas flowing.

*What Frankenstein Wears For Halloween
*My Greatest Fear
*Things That Float
*Things With Wheels
*My Pets
*Things That Come From Eggs
*Alien Bugs
*At The Beach
*My Dream Car
*What I See Out My Bedroom Window
*I Am Screaming
*My Messy Bedroom
*My Favorite Foods
*An Invention Of My Own
*If I Lived In The Jungle
*If I Ran The Zoo
* When I Close My Eyes...
* A Bird's Eye View
*What My Dog Dreams
*I'm A Famous Rock Star
*A Birthday Party For Mr. Snake
* My Trip Around The World
* What Animals Do While We Sleep
* In A Mouse Hole
*If I Could Fly...
*My Monster Friend
*A Huge Cheeseburger
*A Large Pizza With The Works
*I'm Inside A Video Game
*Walking In A Garden
*The Planet Zorb
*Under The Big Top
*The Biggest Ice Cream Sundae In The World
*Things With Wings
*The Life Of A Bee
*Deep, Deep In The Ocean
*I'm Having A Bad Hair Day
*Cakes, Cookies, And Pies All For ME!
* At The Clown School
*A Trip In A Space Ship To Pluto
*Look! I Found A Treasure Chest!
*My Very Own Starry, Starry Night
*A Bug's Life*Dragons!
*The Best Day Of My Life
*Lions, & Tigers, & Bears. Oh, My!
*Our New School
*In A Crowded Elevator
*At A Kite Flying Contest
*King Askobar And His Castle
*Inside My Stomach After Lunch
*The Tooth Fairy
*Princess Peony And Her Pet Frog Herman
*A Map Of My Neighborhood
*A Tree Is Home To Many Things
*The Winner Of A Dog Show
*Things We Use In Art Class
*My Trip To Outer Space
*If I Had Million Dollars...
*At The Elephant And Monkey's Wedding
*Introducing The Newest Pokemon...
*A Class Trip To The Park
*In A Pickle Factory


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Golden Gourds

This project originally comes from Deep Space Sparkle. This is our version and my interpretation on how I taught it to my classes. These were done with 3rd grade, although they could certainly be done with any grade level, with a little adjusting (use of stencils, perhaps?)

* white tag in 3 sizes (I set forth a requirement of a minimum of 1 pumpkin, 2 gourds, and 3 leaves) 9" X 12" for pumpkin, 9" X 6" for gourds, and 6" X 4.5" for leaves
* a variety of fall tempera paint colors (I mix and keep them in frosting cups with lids)
* chubby paint brushes
* variety of texture tools (some of the ones we use can be found here)
* tablecloths & paintshirts
* scissors
* pencils
* leaf & gourd examples or photos
* glue
* 12" X 18" black paper for backgrounds (we use Molly's Midnight Black paper)
* metallic tempera paints ( we use Sargent metallic tempera)
* smaller brushes for painting details

Encounter: (We only have 40 minute classes, so this is our timeframe. Adjust as necessary)

Day 1: Making the Textured Paper

Place a variety of tempera paint for students to use in various fall colors. We have found that chunky brushes work the best for this stage, as they cover the paper quickly and allow more work time before the paint dries.

I have them view various gourds and pumpkins so that they see the textures, "warts", and colors that they will be replicating. Using the large and medium cards, they will paint and add textures. (note: the smallest cards will be saved to make leaves on day 2)

I instruct them to cover the entire card with one base color and then add stripes of other colors, as shown below:

Then, the fun begins! Using various tools, some purchased, and some found objects, textures are added to the paint.

The "Wart Roller" was the favorite tool:

Students ended up with some very interesting and beautiful papers. I don't know how this student got this result, but I am glad he did!

Warning: Clean up is a bear! This project is very messy, but the kids LOVE it! Allow at least 5-10 minutes for clean-up and have tons of soapy sponges and towels ready.

Day 2: Making the Leaf Papers

Using their smallest cards, the students will add paint to create cards for their leaves. This time, I had the kids "hop" their brushes up and down to give the effect of the changing leaves. They were instructed to cover their cards and no texture tools were used.

At the end of day 2, the students had a variety of textured papers from which to create their collages.
Day 3: Cutting the Shapes
I handed out packets to each table which had various photos of gourds, pumpkins, and leaves so that the students would have a reference to work from. They used their largest card to create a pumpkin, the medium shapes to create gourds, and the smallest to create leaves. At the end of day 2, they had a nice variety of shapes to use in their collage. These were paper clipped together and saved for the next class.

Day 4: Composition
We discussed composition and placement of shapes on their paper. I had the students arrange and rearrange their shapes on their papers before gluing anything down. I emphasized not leaving any large empty spaces. Also, they were told that they did NOT have to use every shape they cut out. If it didn't work in their collage, they could leave it out.

Day 5: Adding the Sparkle
The final touches were added using metallic tempera paint.

I did walk them through adding the lines to their pumpkins, as that can be a bit challenging (I may add a step by step diagram here). Lines were also added to their gourds to replicate the grooves in them. Stems and curly vines added more interest to their paintings. Then they changed colors and added veins to their leaves.

The first class just finished on Friday and I can't wait to hang these for all to see!

An added bonus- have the kids keep all of the scraps for your scrap box. Think of the possibilities!

Again, THANK YOU Patty at Deep Space Sparkle for the awesome art lesson!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Notecards & A Little P.R.

The watercolor paintings I blogged about previously turned out so graphic and bold, that I thought they would make awesome greeting cards, so I made a few sets for my principals. I figured, if they handed them out, it would be free publicity for my art department!

I found some notecards at Big Lots- 20 for $1.00!!! After printing out some of the bolder paintings on to photo paper, I cut them out and spray mounted them to the cards, wrote "Apache Kids' Art" & the kids' first names on the back, and tied them up with a cute Halloween ribbon. So simple and yet so effective.

My principal said that I made her day by giving her these. *smile*

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween Scenes From Still Life Objects

This is a project my fifth grade students are currently finishing, but I couldn't wait to post about it! It actually began as a still life project, but soon transformed into so much more than that. I have been trying to give the students more control over their artwork- a chance to show more creativity, when possible, and this project seemed to lend itself perfectly to that.

First, I set up a table full of Halloween & fall themed items, as seen in these photos:

This haunted house was a favorite and was used over and over again.

Then, the students were instructed to choose a place around the still life and begin drawing, using pencil. They were given 12" X 18" watercolor paper and a drawing board. The only stipulation was that they had to draw items that were in front of them. They could change the scale, position, and even deconstruct the items to create their compositions.

The drawings they came up with were very interesting and creative! They found the stars on the fabric and used them in the sky, the fence around the haunted house was used as a backdrop in some artwork, and jack-o-lanterns of all shapes and sizes smiled from many papers.

In the next step, the students traced their drawings with black permanent marker.

This one isn't painted yet. It took her a very long time to draw and outline!

Next, I introduced painting with watercolor, which is my absolute favorite medium. I encouraged them to explore mixing color, while reminding them of the color wheel and what happens when mixing complements (baby poo is what they call it!) I believed (and rightly so) that no matter the results, they would be beautiful since these were spooky Halloween paintings. We used liquid watercolors for this project. So much easier, quicker, and less expensive!

Some of the works in progress:
Loving this sky!

I was particularly drawn to this painting. I love how she made the pumpkin so large and used the round sign from the still life as the welcome sign for the haunted house. AND, she painted is bOOifully. BONUS!!!

Some of the Spooktakular works. (I couldn't resist!)

And just to show you how much I LOVE watercolor & Halloween, here is one of my paintings, entitled "Little Aleigha Witchy-Poo." Enjoy!!