Saturday, February 4, 2012

Folk Art Landscapes


Who doesn 't love patterns? 
Two things that my students are great at are Painting and Patterns!
In class we discuss what is a symbol versus a pattern? What is a complex pattern? 
What is a motif? These fun folk art landscapes combine both concepts.  
Fifth grade students looked at the work of artist Heather Galler's stunning folk art paintings. 
She has awesome patterns so be prepared to fall in love. 
You can check it out here.

Week one: Students created their designs with pencil. Students need at least 15 sections with various patterns. Trees, suns and barns were all added.

Week Two: Students used a sharpie and outlined EVERYTHING. Once the outlining was complete students used Crayola Construction Paper Crayons to color in just the shapes not the backgrounds.

Week Three: Students painted the background with liquid watercolor paints. I had the premix in muffin containers so that the colors would be vivid. Lastly, when the paint was dry we matted them and added our paintedpaper placemats cut into strips for the border. Recycle- Reuse- Repurpose!


Materials: 
12 x 18 white drawing paper
Sharpie chisel tip
Crayola Construction Paper Crayons
Liquid water colors
Paintbrushes
Placemats






16 comments:

  1. I am so stealing this one!! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks! I had some of these at OAEA Conference. These are some more from my students. :)

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  2. Wow! The colors are so vivid. I love this lesson. I'm going to link it to lessons I love and I'm going to try!!
    http://drawthelineat.blogspot.com/p/lesson-i-love.html

    :) Thanks for sharing...

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  3. These are so beautiful, can't wait to try !

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  4. This is awesome! So so warm in this cold winter!

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  5. HOW have I gone so long without checking out your blog??? You have so many great little tips in addition to your wonderful lessons. I've had some thin strips of painted paper for (ahem) years and use them occasionally to weave with on top of regular paper weaving, but still have so many left... never thought to use them as borders! Duh!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristina, I use the painted placemats for many things, but I love the look as borders, really easy too! :)

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  6. Love it! Stealing this idea - thanks for the share!!

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  7. What a wonderful art lesson. I can't wait to use it with my children! Thanks for sharing.
    Shauna

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  8. I am so excited for each and every student who has you as their teacher. I love that you are teaching them advanced art vocabulary as well as tying your themes to literature. I'm now a retired middle school teacher trying my hand at art for the first time in my life. I will refer back to your site many times. May God Bless You Richly!

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  9. Прекрасный урок!
    Мы часто используем масляную пастель и акварель вместе, но у вас такие ясные чистые работы! Душа радуется! Спасибо!

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  10. Beautifly done, thanks for sharing!

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  11. Thank you for sharing!

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  12. Great idea for my Middle School artists. Thank you.

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  13. What a great idea for older kids! I teach arts and crafts at a church camp and have a hard time trying to think of good crafts for the 5th grade range.

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  14. Thank you very much for this post. I was so much looking forward to it. It helped a lot when I recently captured my oil paintings. Now I'm really happy with the photographs paintings. Thanks a lot!

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