Saturday, January 29, 2011

Insect Silhouettes

We made Imaginary Insect Silhouettes, and I have to thank Holly at Decor8 for posting the image (the black bugs on white background artwork that's halfway down the page) that gave me the lesson inspiration.

We also decided to give each bug a crazy name by randomly choosing 3 words from the dictionary then making up a new word using parts of each word.  Ex. refrigerator, soil, perspiration = "Persoilerator"
After giving the insects names, we also wrote where they could be found, both geographical location and physical habitat, and what it eats.  Ex. "Persoilerator.  Found in Asia, lives in fresh water, eats salamander eggs."

The steps for making the bugs is easy and we reviewed art words: positive and negative space, and symmetry.
1.  Fold black paper, draw half the bug on the fold with chalk or white crayon.
2. Open the paper and visualize the whole bug.  Make corrections if you want to, ex. bigger head, legs, etc.
3.  Cut and glue onto white background.
4.  If I do it again, I would have students write bug name and description on separate piece of paper because I thought their writing took away from the design of the insects.

Well - this pic isn't upside down, until I post it?  Re-tried, and it's still upside can still get the gist that this student made a bug family:)

And this one wants to stay sideways in the post, oh well!
Thanks Flamson Middle School 7th and 8th grade GATE students!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Staff Mural Project

This idea for a staff project came from Holly and Ted who shared their staff "snowmen" projects. Or, should I say "snowperson" projects because the one I liked best was a snow-woman wearing a hula skirt and coconut bikini top!  If you didn't see the projects, here are Holly's, and here are Ted's.  Super fun stuff!

I ordered this amazing butterfly mural from Kathy and staff members decorated their parts.  It was very fun for everyone to guess who did which parts. And it was one of the highlights of our "Fine Arts Night" last night.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Modigliani Style Portraits

Modigliani amadeo12345Image via Wikipedia
My students really enjoyed this Modigliani style, portrait lesson.  Thanks bunches to Kathy at Art Projects for Kids for sharing her easy to follow "How-To" for this lesson.  The students especially liked making their clothing look like the shirt they were wearing the day of lesson.  (These portraits were done with oil pastels on black paper.  They were made by 6th graders and High Schoolers....thanks to Flamson Middle School and No. Co. Christian students.)

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Organic and Geometric SHAPES

Students are learning the difference between Organic and Geometric SHAPES.  We did some quick small paintings to illustrate the different shapes.  We used pencils, black sharpies, and watercolors.



Thanks to North County Christian students!
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