Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spring Art Show

In years past (12 to be exact) we have held a K-12 Arts Festival (music, dance, and art) at our high school. This year, however, the middle & high school teachers decided to separate and do their own thing. So, the art show was held this year at our elementary school. Negatives: the parents didn't like having two separate nights, breaking tradition, lack of a large area for me to display artwork all together, new display boards had to be made. Positives: I didn't have to drag everything over to another building, air conditioning, the artwork stayed up longer than one night.

Well, I was hesitant to this change, but I have to say, it went fairly well! The parents were all very supportive and we had a great turnout. So, I am sharing the photos from our latest Arts Festival, with links to any lessons I have blogged about. Click on the photos to make larger. Enjoy!

Golden Gourds made by 3rd grade.

Pop Art Reduction Prints by 4th grade.

Metal Masks & Clay Faces made by 5th grade.

Crazy Quilts by 2nd grade & Musical Mandalas by 4th grade.

VanGogh Sunflowers by 1st grade.

Jim Dine Hearts by 1st Grade

 Clay Tiles by 4th grade, Circle Tree Sculptures by 3rd grade, 
Clay Birds by 2nd grade, Clay Owls by 1st grade.
These were all housed in the glass showcase, another positive because they were well protected.

Paul Klee Word Paintings by 4th grade

Sparkly Fall Tree Paintings by 2nd grade.

 Detailed Gel Pen Drawings of shells & leaves on the left by 5th grade
Patterned Leaves by 4th grade on the right.

Cupid's Weave made by Kinders

 Young Fives Projects, including Primary Lines, Winter Shape Collage

Winter Birch Tree Paintings by 4th grade

Coat Hanger Weaving by 5th grade & Patterned Names by 1st grade

 Fall Leaf Collage by Kinders

 More metal masks I put out in my art room.

Wild Things by 1st grade and Uncaged Quetzals by 3rd grade 

 These are the new display boards. They are made of fiberglass boards with wooden feet made by our custodian.

Halloween Scenes by 5th grade

Bookbags by 5th grade.

Abstract Names by 2nd grade.

If you want some tips on setting up an art show, check out this post.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Andy Warhol Color Theory Animals

 Units:  Color theory - painting - Science (Endangered species)
Lesson:  tempera painting
Grade level: Elementary (I did this with 4th grade)

Andy Warhol Endangered Species print set - images of Andy Warhol's other works of art
Book: Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit With Uncle Andy by James Warhola
Photographs of animals, 8 1/2" x 11" card stock or paper (either white or colored), pencil, eraser, black marker, tempera paint, color theory handouts (vocabulary sheets ) vocab answer sheets
Watch the video “Getting to Know: Color in Art”
Play Greg Percy's "Pop Andy" available on Songs In The Key of Art, Volume 4
1.     Discuss color theory basics and principles. View the video “Getting to Know: Color in Art”, which is broken up in to several segments describing color basics, such as: primary colors, secondary colors, tertiary (intermediate) colors, warm & cool colors, analogous, complementary, and monochromatic.
2.     Hand out color theory vocabulary sheets and have students fill in definitions as they watch the videos.
3.     The students will choose four of these schemes to use in their paintings.
4.     Read the book “Uncle Andy’s,” which describes Warhol through the eyes of his nephew.
5.     View artwork of Andy Warhol, focusing on his endangered species series.
6.     Demonstrate/review contour drawing – explain how to simplify animals to their basic shapes
7.     Hand out paper and have students choose an animal to draw.
8.     Trace the contour drawings of the animals with black marker, but do not color them!
9.     The teacher then photocopies these drawings so that the students have 4 copies each.
*Note: to save some time in painting, photocopy them on 4 different colors of paper.
10.  Students use their chosen color theories to paint in their animal drawings using tempera.
*Note: this is a great time to introduce color mixing, rather than have the colors already available.
11.  When the paintings are dry, re-outline them in black.
12.  Glue all four paintings to a poster board to give the look of Pop Art.
13.  Have students label their paintings on the back to tell which color schemes they used on each.

          Click on the photos to enlarge.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Artist Visit- Steve Harpster

If you have not heard of Steve Harpster and his website Harptoons, you really need to be introduced!

He has created these amazing books for kids that use letters and numbers as the base for different cartoon drawings. We recently had him visit our school FOR FREE and share his talent with the kids. The kids could buy his books and our school received part of the profits from the sales. A great FREE assembly AND fundraiser? Perfect for those of us who teach art!! If you live relatively close to the Columbus, Ohio area, he will travel to your school for the day. I highly recommend looking in to it!

He projected his drawings on to the screen and drew them with the kids on his iPad.

He gave the kids a great background about himself and showed examples of his work. It is great for the kids to see an actual working artist.


The kids loved his graphic drawings, especially the monsters.

Totally engaged students.

The kids wanted their drawings on display for our art show.  


They are still drawing with Steve Harpster by watching his videos on YouTube.

Watch a video about Stever Harpster:

Follow Steve Harpster on Facebook.

Read His Blog (our school is on here!)

Follow him on Pinterest.

Thank you, Steve Harpster!!

** Disclaimer:  I am in no way affiliated with Harptoons.
 I simply think he is an awesome person who inspires many kids!