Snowmen at Night
For this project we read the book Snowmen at Night. In this story because the snowmen come to life each one on every page is looking in a different direction. We talked about how the face changes as it is looking in different directions. Students practiced drawing faces looking side ways, in 3/4 view, looking up and looking down. Finally we added one or two bigger snow balls to turn this into a snowman and added the details. As a bonus the students got to work with oil pastels for the first time.
I showed the students different examples of printmaking. I explained how anything can be used to make a print. Just add ink! I introduced the concept of symmetry. Students used a string dipped in ink and pulled between two halves of a paper to create a symmetrical print. students then were given the choice whether or not to remain symmetrical with their coloring around the print.
After practicing how to draw a snowman looking different ways my students were face experts. I explained where everything on the face was located. After the students drew all the main features they were given a mirror and asked to draw details that made them unique. They ended by finding realistic colors to add to their portrait.
Bearden Neighborhood Collages
The focus of this project is becoming a pro at cutting skills and leaning how to combine shapes to make a picture. We talked about what they see on a walk through their neighborhood. Each period we spent working on creating details for a single building. After the building were done we added plant life, a street and street signs. Students learned about how the artist Romare Bearden used the art of collage to depict his neighborhood and all that happened there.
Japanese Blow Art Trees
I showed students Japanese cherry blossom paintings. We then had a lot of fun learning the technique of blow painting to create our trees.