connecting curriculum and creativity through art

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gobble, gobble turkey with geometric feathers!

Gobble, Gobble our turkeys have geometric shape feathers!

Students painted paper prior to starting the lesson.

Week One:  Creating shapes  

We read the book in art class
 When a Line Bends... A Shape Begins. 

written by Rhonda Gowler Green

This book is so fun and gives many examples of various shapes for inspiration for students to create projects.

After the students created their shapes they traced the shape on the back side of 3 different colored strips of painted paper.

Next, students laid out the shapes and glued them onto the background paper to represent the turkey's feathers.

 Lastly, students created the body and details of the turkey- eyes, beak, claws etc.

We also read this poem about Thanksgiving

All in a word
Aileen Fisher

T-for time to be together,turkey, talk and tangy weather,
H-for harvest stored away, home and hearth and holiday
A-for autumns' frosty art and abundance in the heart
N-for Neighbors, and November nice thing new things to remember.
K-for kitchen, kettles' croon, kith and kin expected soon
S-for sizzles, sights and sounds, and something special that abounds
  That spells Thanks -
for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving

Tempera Paint
Construction Paper

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Fabulous Fair Alphabet

These are some of my favorite projects all wrapped up into one big thematic unit-The Fair!

I found the most adorable book A Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Debra Fraiser

This is a MUST have book for your library collection 
and if you are a font loving person like I am it will 
send you over the moon with all the type faces and images!

Look at this little guy all covered in mud! 
At our local fair there is a greased pig contest. I am not sure who gets dirtier-the kids or the pigs!

Oink Oink Oink!

Banners from our fair displayed in the hallways.

 Students created signs for all the delicious food at the fair. 

Painted Paper Ice Cream Cones.


Tempera Paint Quilts with Oil Pastel Patterns.

Our fun Fair drawings with liquid watercolors 
over crayon and oil pastel resist. 

Don't you just love the overall graphic design of this fab book!

Tempera painted cows.

Tempera painted sheep.

Please go check out Debra's other books and 
wonderful website here!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Need to use up old tempera paints?

What do you do with paints that need to be used up? 

Make Fall ROY trees!  
(Red-Orange-Yellow) A process over product with success for all!

Start with a blue painted strip glued down, then start painting with yellow and work upwards on the background paper using tempera paints and following the color wheel.
Add various heights of trunks for the trees using oil pastels.

Remember our placemats that keep our tables clean?
have students create large leaves to be hung up around the school.

Another process oriented fun project is to
have students paint zones of colors on long brown craft paper

 then add twisted branches on top

These were hung in the hallways for parent teacher conferences.
What a fun way to promote Art in the building!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Branching, Curvy, Twisted Lines

Twisting, curvy, thick and thin.

We looked at various types of trees and 
how branches are formed on them. We also looked at pumpkins and the various colors they come in.

Week one: On 12 x 18 white paper
4th grade students created a horizon line then added a pumpkin patch. Big pumpkins, little pumpkins add them all in the patch. we discussed all of the curvy lines that make up a pumpkin. Next, students created trees with branches coming from the main trunk. First students used pencil 
then outlined everything with a large Sharpie marker.

Week Two: Students first painted, using liquid watercolors, the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch blending their warm colors - yellow, orange and red -on the pumpkins. 

Next the students painted the sky. The last step was to paint the leaves with tempera paint, falling, blowing in the wind.

Our Inspiration:

Our Display in the Hallway

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pumpkin Swirls

What a perfect time of year to explore 
the lifecycle of a pumpkin!

Class One:
My 3rd graders looked at the different stages of a pumpkin's lifecycle.~seed, sprout, vine, flower, pumpkin~
Next, student created beautiful painted paper with warm colored tempera paints. 

Then, students created a backdrop for their pumpkins using construction paper, scissors and glue.
 (We looked at photos of old weathered fences for inspiration)

 Next, students created various shapes and sizes of pumpkins out of different shades of painted paper.

Students glued them down, then added the curvy vines and leaves of the pumpkin plant with different shades of green tempera paint. Let dry.

Class Two: 
Students used oil pastels to create the veins on the leaves of the vine and the curved ridges on the pumpkins. 

The last step was to add the swirls, representing the wind in the sky, these were done with dark shades of purple and blue then adding white to create a tint 

 As you can see we really focused on line- 
curvy, spiral and twisted. 
I just love the movement in these beautiful paintings. 

What a fun way to teach science, color theory, elements 
and principles of arts~ line, pattern and movement 
to name a few!