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Thursday, June 18, 2015

More Yarn Paintings!

They take a lot of time to finish but the results are beautiful!!







Roll a Monster


Kindergarten finished out their year by playing a drawing game- creating their own monsters!





Monday, June 8, 2015

Spin art

Some of my fourth graders finished their Cathedrals early so for fun I took out some of my spin art machines and had them create some spin art with markers.  They loved it!!

Rose Windows

Fourth grade students discussed radial symmetry as they came up with their own radial designs which they drew onto a cd with sharpie markers.  Once the cds were complete we learned about life in medieval times.  Most people were peasants and for them life in the middle ages was very hard
Very few could read or write and nobody expected things to get better
The only hope for most people was their strong belief in Christianity and the expectation that life in heaven would be better than life on earth.  For this reason the Churches in the time were very important and much thought and effort was put into their construction.    While the buildings are impressive on the outside nothing prepares you for when you walk inside...stained glass windows create beautiful effects of light throughout the inside.  Most impressive are the Rose windows (named for their flower like shape) that are featured on many cathedrals.  Students used their cds as their own rose windows and designed their own cathedrals around them!





If the Dinosaurs Came Back

I read kindergarten the story If the Dinosaurs Came Back.  Students created their own pictures based on the illustrations in the book.  When drawing our cities we spoke about overlapping, variety and shapes.  Students built their dinosaurs from pre-cut shapes








Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rangoli

First grade students ventured outside today to create their own Rangoli designs.  Rangoli are typically done outside of homes in India.  They are beautiful radial designs that some women apply on the ground outside their homes every morning.  They are usually believed to bring good luck.
Students created their design by folding one fourth of a circle and cutting it into a symmetrical design.  This was then used as their stencil which they rotated four times on the ground to create a design with rotational symmetry!  It was so nice to take our art making outdoors!!!






Friday, May 22, 2015

Surrealism

Fifth graders studied the Renaissance and the introduction of perspective in Renaissance paintings.  Each students created a room that demonstrated knowledge of the rules of perspective.  Using perspective creates the illusion of depth and a very realistic looking space.  Once the room was complete, we shifted our focus from creating something real to something surreal.  Surrealism is all about unexpected images and real looking objects put together in unexpected ways.  Students transformed their space into a surrealist landscape by including a background from outer space and pictures cut from magazines.