Saturday, December 25, 2010

Picasso took over the Art room!!

All of my students created a Picasso inspired project this semester. 

K-1 students created Picasso's Flowers,  by tracing their hands and adding green stems with markers then testing their cutting skills by creating the flowers. 

2-3 students created a collage in the crazy abstract style of Picasso using cut paper and then finishing with a black paint outline.

4-5- This was the project of the year! We started by studying Picasso's Old Guitarist and then broke down the parts and drew the man together as a class.  We then discussed Monochromatic color schemes and how you make tints and shades of the same color.   The students had a lot of trouble with proportions when we first started this project so it took some time but i created scaled boxes which i had the students trace on their papers to then draw each body part in.  The results aren't perfect but then again, what Picasso art work is?

Wang Yani Monkeys

The students loved this project!!  I found a short clip about the history and life a Wang Yani to show the students and the K-1 kids loved seeing a 4 year old paint better than their teacher.   This project started with the clip them the kids just painting a monkey on their own, no directions given.  Then the went step by step with me as we painted a monkey then they painted a green bamboo background for their monkey to live in. Over all a very fun project that the kids loved! Lasted roughly 3 weeks.


My K-1 kids were getting a little antsy and needed a meaningful quick project.  This two day project painting monsters came after reading a short story about a monster that went to school and didn't know how to behave properly.  As i read the quick story the students needed to picture the monster that went to school and think about he poor choices the monster made.  After we talked about what we can and cannot do in school we started to draw our monsters, first with two circle eyes, then a large nose, big mouth and a rainbow shaped head.  This was a quick easy drawing and then painting project with a good moral.  The kids also loved using the crayon with the tempera cakes.  One key was having the students just draw with the crayons, it eliminated the problem of having them want to erase every 2 minutes.

Samples are from a K class

Fruit Mosaics

Third grades Fruit bowl mosaics turned into more of a project than i had imagined.... took FOREVER to complete leaving them with one great project for the quarter.   They learned the history behind mosaic art and then how they could create one using cut paper.  It was quite the task to make sure they understood that they didn't overlap the paper but those that understood the concept and took their time did a fabulous job!  Here are a few shots of them in process... never got a finished picture since they went right up in frames around the school but ill get one on here asap.

Secondary Frogs

My 2nd grade students needed a little refresher on mixing colors, what colors are primary and secondary, what that means, and how you make them.  So they created their secondary frogs.  They learned how to make the secondary colors then actually blended the paint colors to create the secondary color.  They then used stamped tissue paper to cut out lily pads and glue their frogs into their paper pond.  Here are a few pictures of the process...,

Some came out better than others in the end but these are the few pictures i remember to take... over all it turned into more of a process than product project.