String each button 4" apart on the wire.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Here is a fun painting technique to use if you have extra time.
Tell your students they're going to paint a picture, but first they're going to paint the entire background with a solid color. The effect ends up similar to painting on colored paper, but brighter.
Our subject was a butterfly and flowers, but this technique can be used when painting any subject.
These samples were done on canvas, but heavy paper can be used instead.
Step 1: Paint the entire background a solid color, not blue.
Step 2: Paint the subject on top of the background color.
Step 3: Paint the sky blue around the subjects, but leave a bit of the background color showing through in border areas.
This is the example I showed the students. I explained how I painted orange background first, flowers&butterfly, and blue sky last and left some orange areas showing.
I had to reiterate a few times that the orange parts are showing on purpose, and it took some reminders to get the kids to "stop" painting before their entire background color was covered. (I'm sure you're familiar with the students in your class who will keep on painting, until an adult says....."Hmmm, do you think your art might be finished?"...or, I confess, sometimes those aren't the exact words I've used.)
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
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For this lesson we talked about Picasso's Blue and Rose Periods. Then we talked about color values.
The students were given old calendars w/ animals, chose an animal, then traced it onto white paper. In order to trace the pictures, students taped the calendar page up to the window to create a "lightbox" effect. This makes tracing much easier.
Students then chose either a blue or red palette for their animal. Working light to dark.
After tracing their animals, students created light, medium and dark blue or red to be used for painting their animal.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Image by riacale via FlickrThese King Tuts took 2 class periods to complete. Students were given 10"x10" white cardstock divided into 25 squares, 5 across and 5 down. (Each square 2"x2".)
Step 1 - Students cut the perimeter squares off in order to leave a section with 9 squares, 3 across and 3 down.
Step 2 - Students followed drawing directions for King Tut using the 9 squares.
Step 3- Students were given examples of Egyptian hieroglyphs, then drew symbols on each of the 16 perimeter squares.
Step 4 - Students colored Tut with markers.
Step 5 - Students colored 8 perimeter squares with one color, and the other 8 perimeter squares with a different color.
Step 6 - Students cut squares apart and arranged them on 12" x 12" background paper.
Step 7 - Students glued down the squares.
See final Tuts here.
Thanks again Miss Julie for this lesson idea & Mrs. Venn's 6th grade Flamson Middle School students for their awesome effort:)
Friday, November 6, 2009
Image by Sanandreas via Flickr
Big thanks to students in Mrs. Venn's 6th grade class at Flamson Middle School, your Tut's are colorfabuful!