5th grade students discussed a style of art called op art. Op art is not about what we see but HOW we see- a process called optics. The way our eyes try to make sense of an abstract image is the subject of Op art. Looking at the work of Bridget Riley we discussed how the various illusions were created using line, patterns, shapes and color. Students then used lines and value(lights and darks) to create their own op art. Here's some examples that students have just begun coloring!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
This is one of my favorite end of the year drawing projects! Students begin by printing their name on a folded piece of paper. We then reflect their name across the fold by tracing it on the opposite side (creating symmetry). Once they have their name drawn in symmetry students were challenged to stretch their creative imaginations and transform their names into an alien! Looking at the results it's hard to see the original names!! Can you see them??
Kindergarteners began this project by decorating a paper plate with patterns and textures. In the following class we looked at the story Where the Wild Things Are. Students were then challenged to transform their plates into their own Wild Things!
A recognition of honor or high status has always been displayed on the head. Miss Universe gets a tiara, a crown for royalty, a distictive cap for triban chieftans, a halo for saints....Second graders studied crowns from around the world, paying particular to their use of lines, shapes and patterns. Finally students set out to design their own crowns!
Mola is the Kuna Indian word for blouse or clothing. However, it is also the word used to describe the colorful panals made of cotton fabric created by the Kuna women of Panama that make up the front and back of a Kuna womans' shirt. Molas have become a part of the cultural dress of Kuna women, but they also create molas to sell to people all over the world! Third grade students discussed how molas are made and discussed the images typically found on them. Students then used paper to attempt their own molas. Each student chose an animal as inspiration and used symmetry to complete their design
Wayne Thiebaud is most remembered for his delicious looking paintings of food and desserts. Kindergarteners learned all about how Thiebaud used the elements of art to created these scrumptious artworks. We were particularly inspired by his images of lollipops. Students created their own lollipops using model magic.
While at the Museum of Fine Arts my fifth graders focused primarily on portraits. Upon our return to school I thought we could continue our portrait discussion by looking at an artist that approached them in a very differnt way--Alexander Calder. Calder is most remembered for his mobiles and stabiles but his portraits are also quite facinating. He used wire to create three dimensional drawings in space. He created many portraits of his friends or fellow artists as well as some popular figures such as Calvin Coolidge, and Babe Ruth. We discussed how he sometimes created almost a caricature of the person by exaggerating certain features. Students then used wire to create their own self portraits!