Posts Tagged by color
|March 25, 2013||Posted by Cristy under Third Grade|
Third graders look closely at Laurel Burch’s cat paintings and use an oil pastel resist process to interpret a cat of their own. Next, color theory is studied, and they choose a color scheme for their painting. William did a great job of using red, orange and yellow to demonstrate his mastery of the color, and wet-in-wet technique to show he could rock the watercolor.
|March 11, 2013||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
A two-fer today of those clowns. I couldn’t help myself.
|March 8, 2013||Posted by Cristy under Kindergarten|
There’s a lot of research that demonstrates the value of painting in the development of young children. Tons of things go on in a kid’s brain when she swipes a brush through a color and uses it to represent something from her world, or her imagination. Color mixing in particular is a great brain bending exercise for youngsters that opens new and unexplored worlds. Teachers (and parents) often find that kids have so much fun mixing the paint that all you end up with is a bunch of mixed up paint, so many are reluctant to share this valuable exercise with the youngest of artists. My strategy is to limit the colors, so that whatever gets made will look great. Day 1 – white, red and yellow. Day 2 – white, blue and yellow. Day 3 – white blue and red. That way, the colors get to dry in between, the kid really gets to explore the variety of possibilities with each pair of primaries, and – well… the results look great!
|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.
|February 19, 2013||Posted by Cristy under Fifth grade|
What have clapboard, columns, cornices, dormers, dentils, gables, lintels, porticos, pediments, transoms, turrets and widow’s walks, and go by the nickname Painted Ladies? That’s right! Victorian houses! Allison’s uses wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry watercolor technique AND a complimentary color scheme.
|March 9, 2011||Posted by Cristy under Uncategorized|
Unexpected box on my desk this morning! It was my new copy of “Getting to Know Color in Art” from the folks at Getting to Know Inc, and serendipity was afoot, because I happened to be running a third grade lesson that didn’t quite fill the hour. The third graders and I took the opportunity to screen the show, and we thought we’d let you know what we thought.
I use and enjoy the “World’s Greatest Artists” series, and I was curious whether “Color in Art” would have all that rambunctious music and cartoon action that makes the “Greatest” series so enthralling. While slightly less slick, it turned out to be engaging enough to get the job done. The video is divided into chapters, each thoroughly explaining a clearly defined topic or vocabulary word. (monochromatic, for example, or tint). That was a good idea, because it lets a teacher take just a few minutes at the beginning of a class to introduce just the relevant topic. It would also allow also the video to be consumed in smaller, bite size pieces. All at once, we found that it was a lot for my third graders to digest, and I doubt retention was terribly high. However, with a quick organizer to fill in it would make a great intro to color for older grades, and could serve as a quiz to assess exit outcomes with a little finagling.
In all, the kids and I found it relevant, well organized and silly enough to keep kids’ attention. The concepts were well illustrated with lots of goofy action and wacky sound effects. Narration was done by kids, which was nice. I found myself musing “I think I could make something like this…” but for the $30 it’s totally worth popping for it. (Or better yet – get your friendly neighborhood library lady to order it!)
Good job, “Getting to Know” folks – and keep up the good work!