Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Grinch & Whoville Art Lesson

Grinch & Who-ville Art Lesson

The inspiration for this project comes from The Elementary Art Room. She has such a great project with a Who-ville landscape and a giant Grinch. I just loved it when I first saw it. She also made a great handout for Who-ville and inspired me to make a few of my own for our class lesson.

Grinch & Who-ville Art Lesson

To start the lesson we explored Dr. Seuss's crazy illustrations and artwork. I discussed art words: architecture, shape (geometric & organic),line, pattern, color, variety, landscape, background, middle ground, foreground and they added adjectives: colorful, imaginative, droopy, weird, odd, crazy, curvy, unique, whimsical, funny, crooked. We also noticed that he included lots of signs and stairs in his art that depicted towns. And somehow we came up with some very awesome Who-villes in Dr. Seuss's style!

 Grinch & Who-ville Art Lesson

Besides my handouts and two examples, I quickly showed them how I drew some Who-ville houses.

 Grinch & Who-ville Art Lesson
Then away we went - starting with light pencil drawings and then advancing to markers. Grinch & Who-ville Art Lesson Grinch & Who-ville Art Lesson

We did have some project rules as well:
#1 Had to have a town tree and a town sign
#2 Had to have at least 3 buildings
#3 Use bright colors (I know this isn't indicative of the book but we all agreed we liked the colors in the movie (Jim Carrey's version)
#4 Had to include the Grinch

 Grinch & Who-ville Art Lesson

When done, they used green construction paper and a black marker to make a grinch face and two grinchy hands.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Stained Glass Winter Trees

Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

This was a fun, multi-step lesson with beautiful results. I was inspired by these lessons at Marymaking and this one from Hickory Ridge Elementary on Artsonia.

MATERIALS:
9x12 white construction paper
18x24 white construction paper
tissue paper
watered down glue
watercolors
crayons
scissors
glitter

 Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

First we had a little beginner lesson on landscape and perspective, overlapping and nearer vs farther. And then we moved into using crayons to draw our landscape, using the crayons for contour lines and texture and adding snowflakes in the sky.

 Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

 Then we talked about warm and cool colors and how to do a watercolor wash over the crayon to create the wax-resist. They had to choose either warm or cool for the sky colors. Here were my examples.

 Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

Then we moved onto making the tissue paper collage for our trees. Again, I showed them examples. They had to choose again, either warm or cool colors or high contrasting colors or variegated greens. They also had to decide what shapes of tissue paper they wanted to use. They could tear it in long strips, or tear random pieces or cut squares.

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We let their landscape backgrounds and tissue collages dry overnight. Then we got down to cutting out the trees.

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We used the watered down glue again to attach the trees.

Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

 Then they added glue lines on their trees for tinsel effect.

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Gorgeous and glittery. And I think the boys used more glitter than the girls.

 Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Printed Polar Bears

Polar Bear Printmaking

Printing with marshmallows? Whaaaaat???

 Polar Bear Printmaking

With kindergarteners?

 Polar Bear Printmaking

And they didn't even try and eat the paint covered marshmallows?

 Polar Bear Printmaking

Yep. It's possible and nope they did not try to eat the paint covered marshmallows.

 Polar Bear Printmaking

 Of course we DID have to promise them clean marshmallows to eat when they were all done.

 Polar Bear Printmaking

But it was worth it because they came out pretty darn cute. And they loved trying to get teachers and other students to guess what "art tool" they used to make them.

 Polar Bear Printmaking

 MATERIALS:
9x12 construction paper
tempera paint (white & black)
crayons (blues, white)
white glue
glitter
large marshmallows

I demonstrated as we went along together in the project. First we drew a large oval. We added crayon snowflakes around the oval. Then we dipped the marshmallow end in our white paint and first we went around and covered up our crayon oval with marshmallow prints. That made it easy for them to then fill in the oval. We made some egg shapes off the top of the oval for ears. Then we put our marshmallow in the black paint and made one print each for the nose, eyes, and inside the ears. Then I showed them how to dip their finger in the black paint and make almond shapes around their eye prints and a mouth shape underneath their nose print. After the paint dried they could then use white glue to make some shapes or dots in the background and they sprinkled glitter on those. Easy, cute and the yummiest printmaking tool out there!

 Polar Bear Printmaking

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

I love printmaking. And sponges are such an easy printmaking tool for anyone to master. Here's the 5 year old showing you how it's done:
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Lesson from Deep Space Sparkle right here.

MATERIALS:
12x18 white construction paper
Tempera paint in festive shades (we mixed most of them ourselves)
Paint trays
Sponges cut into leaf shapes
Q-tips
Paintbrushes
Glitter
  Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

First we had a powerpoint lesson on Georgia O'Keeffe, talked about the history of poinsettias and how to create them and then we went to work. We prepped the tables with paper as we knew this could be messy as we were emulating Georgia's BIG flowers, flowing off the pages. We also mixed most of the colors for some pretty combinations.

Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

I think the rule was at least 3 poinsettias. They could move around the tables a bit for different colors. But when they went to work on painting the background in (after printing was done) they had to think about contrast and use one background color.

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 Oh yeah and they had to use yellow paint on Q-tips to print the centers of the poinsettias. Then the glittering chaos began.

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This had a lot of prep and clean-up (as tempera painting projects always seem to have) but it was such an easy and beautiful project and EVERYBODY had success with it and was amazed at how wonderful their poinsettias turned out.

 Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

 MANY oohs and ahhs as people walked down the hallway.