Posts Tagged by abstract
|March 1, 2013||Posted by Cristy under Second grade|
Second graders study the artwork of early abstract painter Paul Klee; in particular his Sinbad the Sailor painting. They talk about how Klee uses the design principal of pattern, how he separates foreground from background using warm and cool colors, and how he takes what could be a gory scene from mythology and gives it a playful appearance through the use of abstraction. Next, students make their own version of an abstracted Sinbad painting. Noah’s Sinbad seems to be quite the hot-rod, while still sporting Klee-esque pattern details and warm/cool color scheme.
|December 31, 2012||Posted by Cristy under Second grade|
Every year my second graders make these great God’s Eyes from willow sticks and donated yarn. Even though they are a pain to store and prep for, I love them so much more than the kind you see on dowels or popsicle sticks. Those natural sticks just give so much more personality to the finished product. It’s also great to have a huge stash of donated yarn – wide variety of color and texture really makes these into a special keepsake. I have each kid choose a special somebody in his or her life and make the project in honor of that person. That way a little meaning can be brought into an otherwise “crafty” lesson, and we get to discuss yarn color and texture choice with regard to abstract concepts of memories and personality. It’s great to see some of my boys making fuzzy soft pastel Ojos in honor of little baby siblings… they also do a great job recognizing parents, grandparents and sometimes even a special dog or horse!
Oh – and those “spiders” hanging down? Those are extremely creative tassels!
|December 4, 2012||Posted by Cristy under Fourth Grade|
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This is one of my very favorite projects.
Partly because it incorporates so many good things.
Partly because it’s just awesome.
It goes like this:
1. Students practice drawing realistically proportioned faces by drawing along with Mrs. A while she demonstrates face parts and placement. They continue to “draw along” using blenders and shading to create realistic value.
2. Kids look in the mirror and use the skills they learned in #1 to draw a realistic, accurately shaded SELF portrait. (I saved up for a long time for some two sided acrylic mirrors – expensive, but SO worth it! I’ve had them for 8 years now)
3. They trace their self portrait onto a blank paper – line only, no value.
4. We analyze masks from a variety of cultures, talk about why cultures use masks, the “hiding” and the “revealing” of the true self and even spiritual or magical elements of many masks. We talk about how we as humans also tend to “hide” some things and “reveal” others when we interact with each other. Finally we talked about each student’s inner magic or what their spirit would look like if it was visible? How would you draw your personal energy? What colors would it be? What texture? Jagged lines or flowing? Vertical or horizontal?
5. Now students choose a palate of colored pencils and divide space on their “spirit portrait” into symmetrical areas. Color, texture, hatching, stippling, color overlay… you can get as intensive as you like on this phase.
That’s it! I feel like this explores nearly every one of our standards, and invites students to really stretch their thinking.
What do you think?
|February 3, 2012||Posted by Cristy under Second grade|