Art Update: 11/20/17

Greetings!

Hoping to get our glazed pieces back so that I can pick them up Friday to hand back on Monday.  No word yet though.  Worst case, I will hand them back at conferences.  Best case, I get to see the kids faces as the receive their pieces back, which is SO fun!

Today went pretty smoothly.  Here is what we were up to:

1st & 2nd Graders:

Today’s focus was on the color wheel.  We reviewed primary and secondary colors. We began making our “color wheel lizards” by doing a water color, color wheel.  We also talked about texture as it relates to markers etc…for what we will be working on next week to complete the assignment.  Next week we, hopefully, will cut out our wheels, color our lizards, give them a habitat/background and attach the wheels (realistically though….if we get the lizards and background colored, I am good cutting things out and assembling at home to give back at conferences 🙂  ).

3rd & 4th Graders:

We were finishing up our Rainbow Fish by filling in with chalk pastels. Chalk pastels on black construction paper REALLY POP.  I have to spray adhesive/hairspray them to set the chalk and will try to hand those back next week.  We also got to do a BONUS ASSIGNMENT (for those that wanted to).  We did a chalk pastel landscape, which I will let them explain to you, that have a neat “wow” factor.  I will also “set” those this week with the intention of handing those back next time.

5th & 6th Graders:

Still working the right side of the brain with our “learning to see” unit. Woot! Woot!  The class has sort of divided themselves into 3 camps: Those that are doing the calendar portrait study (where half of the animal face is taped down and the student does the mirror image on the other side etc) using colored pencils/water color pencils.  There are those that are doing the calendar portrait study using graphite (less to think about in terms of color and more forgiving for erasing etc.).  For both of those groups, lots of focus and instruction on how to use a pencil to get a rough measurement for proportions, checking for value (lights/darks), how to add darker value and how to lift with their art erasers for areas of light,  and thinking about texture (animal fur is great for that).

For students that are newer to my class, there are some that are trying an altogether different technique, to work the right sided of the brain, using the grid method to recreate a line drawing/piece of art, which they will later add color to.  I like the grid method because there a lots of little tips/tricks that I can use to help them really focus on what they are seeing.  Some of the tips are: work with the pieces turned upside down.  Put painters tape around just the square they are working in to “mask out” the distractions etc.  The students that chose to switch over to this method seemed to be much more comfortable with this technique and seemed to enjoy themselves.  I explained that the grid method was just a tool to strengthen the right side of the brain.  I likened it to weight training.  The size grid that we are using would be similar to working out with a 2-5 lb weight.  Later, if they continued with this method, they would use a larger grid…and then larger, etc., until they no longer needed the grid at all.  Make sense?  All 5th & 6th graders will see this technique used for our “learning to see (aka draw)” unit in the 2018/2019 year. 🙂

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