News from the Art Room
January 12 - 16
New Sketchbook Challenge: Family Edition
Fold your papers horizontally into sections based on how many people there are. For example, if you have two people, fold your paper in half. If you have 3 people, fold your paper into 1/3rd's (like a letter going into an envelope). If you have 4 people fold your paper into 1/4th's, etc.
Each person starts on the bottom section of their drawing and draws the bottom portion of a person (with 3 people your drawing will be divided into 3 parts--legs, chest, head). After 5 minutes, each person passes their drawings to the right.
After passing your drawings, each person picks up their new drawing (that the person next to them started) and draws the next "section" of that person. After 5 minutes pass the papers again and repeat.
When you're done you should have a person (or, perhaps, a creature...) that has each drawer's distinct style to it. Have fun with it! Try drawing an animal head on an otherwise human body!
A Name for the New Mr. Stanley
Since then I have left a "name suggestion box" on the front table of the Art room and encouraged students to throw in some baby names during work-time. As of this weekend there were 572 votes for 211 different names and I thought it would be worth sharing the results... in the name of Science, of course.
Some personal favorites of mine:
Waffles, Ticky, Juanery, Jayrama, Elaktor, Bomey, Bit, and Ava (not sure the student who suggested Ava got the memo that it's a boy!) "Bob", "Henry", and "Son of Stanley" are leading the pack with the most votes right now. Here's what they've suggested so far:
Billy Bob Joe
Son of Stanley
Minecraft Club Registration Opens TODAY!
Minecraft Club meets after school from 3:00 to 5:00 once a week for 7 weeks. We use a modified version of the uber-popular game Minecraft called MinecraftEDU--a piece of software designed by teachers, for teachers. Each new session we try some different things in Minecraft Club and this session will be no different! This session students will have two different servers to use--a Creative server and a Survival server. Activities and events are planned during Minecraft Club to encourage team work, task completion, and most of all, creative problem-solving.
If you have any questions or anything, please don't hesitate to ask!
P.S. Yes, that is a giant sculpture of Mr. Stanley that the 2nd & 3rd graders made. It took a solid 5 minutes to get students to arrange themselves for this screenshot and the moment it snapped things devolved into a giant digital snowball fight. ...Now I have a rough idea of what my parents went through each time they tried in to get my brothers and I to pose for a Christmas photo.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Texture, texture, texture!
Students created texture in their artwork in a handful of ways--from their crayon rubbings to crinkled paper to different fabrics for their snow-people's hats and mittens.
Prior to their snow-people the Kindergarteners got some practice with their glue and scissors when they created their collage penguins. Look for these to come home later this week!
Oil Pastels, Watercolors, and Warm & Cool Colors
In this project students are creating the same picture twice--once using oil pastels and only warm colors, and once using watercolor paint and only cool colors. We will then take the two works of art and cut them into strips and rearrange them to create two unique works. They're looking great so far!
To do this students have had to suspend what they think the human face looks like and this is no easy task for a 3rd grader! We started by learning that the eyes in a human face are found smack dab in the center of the head--not 2/3's of the way up the face in the eyebrows (as most 3rd graders wanted to draw them!). After learning about the size and shape of the eyes, we learned how to find the right size and place for the nose (did you know that the nose is roughly as wide as the space between your eyes?) as well as the mouth (did you know that the corners of your closed mouth are almost always directly below the enter of each eye?
We're working our way through the rest of the face before we attempt to tackle the hair.
Optical Illusion Art
Since we've returned from break students have learned how to create two additional optical illusions and are then choosing one of these drawings to add color to. This is a great exercise for students as they develop their spatial awareness.
Also... they look pretty awesome. Click on the links before to check out the official webpages of our Op artists!
Paul Klee Artwork
A lot of 5th graders put in a lot of indoor-recess time to finish these masterpieces. In the process students learned a bit about three major color schemes: monochromatic (a color scheme using a single color), analogous (a color scheme using similar colors), and complimentary (a color scheme using opposite colors).
In conjunction with the artwork students are using their iPads to create a video of themselves reflecting on their artwork by answering the following questions:
1. How did I make my artwork? Explain what steps you had to go through to create your artwork. Include which mediums you used.
2. What can I improve upon in my artwork?
3. What did I do well in my artwork?
4. What color scheme (or color schemes) did I use?
When finished students then need to upload their video to their digital portfolio on Google Drive. Feel free to check in with your son/daughter and ask to see their video!
Does your son/daughter still need to make their reflection video? Here's the instruction sheet from our Schoology page.