Friday, February 27, 2015

5th grade winter landscapes with a twist

My fifth grade students created beautiful winter landscapes while learning about the element of value, tints and shades, and monochromatic art. After seeing the success of using the sketchbook express app with fourth grade (see my earlier post found here ), I decided we should do something similar with the 5th graders. This time, I has them take a picture of themselves and put it in their winter landscapes.

Again, we had way too much fun with this app! 

All fifth grade artwork from this lesson can be found on my Flickr account. 

4th grade iPad Photo Manipulation

After the fourth grade students finished their animal paintings inspired by Blue Dog (find that post here ), students were introduced to the Sketchbook Express app on the iPad.  The assignment was to first take a picture of their finished artwork and using the app, erase everything but the head of their animal. They then transformed that image onto a photo of themselves. Finally, I had them erase everything but themselves and choose a new background. The results were so fun!

We had a blast during this lesson!!

All 4th grade images can be found on my Flickr site. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Xin Nian Kuai Lei! Gung Huy Fat Choi! (Happy Chinese New Year!)

Chinese New Year is one of the units of study I look forward to every winter not just because the student's make such beautiful art, but also because they all get incredibly excited to celebrate this holiday!

Display outside the Art Room

To prepare, we read books on Chinese New Year:

We learn about the Story of Chinese New Year:

We watch Dragon Dances from Hong Kong

We are also very lucky at our school to have a teacher who has been to China many times and speaks fluent Mandarin.  He is our music teacher, and he shares with us plenty of information on China and artifacts to show the students. He also introduces the students to Chinese music and musical instruments.

Left to Right: Plum Blossom Painted Art, Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, a Red Lantern and carved Jade Stone. 

We learn about the endangered Giant Panda Bears that are from China and watch the Panda Cam at the San Diego Zoo.  Sometimes we are lucky enough to catch a panda eating bamboo!

We discover our Animal Sign from the Chinese Zodiac

And on Chinese New Year Day, we wear the color red for good luck, and try to use chopsticks to eat our lunch!

This year, students in grades Pre-K to 3rd grade created artwork displayed in time for this special holiday.

Pre-K students made Giant Panda Bears with paper and crayons.

Second grade students created Chinese Lanterns, decorating them with Chinese characters, Chinese zodiac animals, or other images associated with Chinese New Year.

Kindergarten students helped create our own Chinese Dragon, that once finished hung from the ceiling by the main office to welcome all visitors to our school!

First grade students learned how to draw a sheep and how to write "Sheep" in Chinese Characters.

Third grade students created Plum blossom paintings, after discovering that the Plum Blossoms are a sign of courage and hope and begin to bloom during Chinese New Year.

This morning, Mr. Scott said the morning announcements in Mandarin.  The look on the students' faces was priceless!! They couldn't believe that the person talking was our very own music teacher, Mr. Scott!  

I am very fortunate to have supportive administration, collaborative effort with music, and excited classroom teachers and support staff to help make this an event for the entire school.

Monday, January 26, 2015

iMovies with iPad minis

6th grade students were introduced to the iMovie app on the mini iPads in art and created their own movie on an element of art.

The criteria included:
-Definition of the element
-Examples of the element
-Art examples of the element

Here are a few of the videos they created.  More videos are posted on my Vimeo account, and the 6th grade students know the password!

Enjoy these videos below! I think they did an amazing job!

The Element of Value

The Element of Space

The Element of Texture

The Element of Shape and Form

The Element of Line

The Element of Color

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Third Grade Collaborative Totem Poles

In third grade, classroom teachers have a Native American Unit of Study.  There are so many amazing ways to incorporate Native American Art in my art room, but the past few years I have chosen to elaborate their study in the art room with a discussion about totem poles.  

After learning the symbolism behind the animals in the totem poles, students picked the animal that best represented their personalities to create as part of a class totem pole.  Students drew their animals from observation and finished off their artwork with chalk pastels.  The artwork is now hanging in the hallway as collaborative third grade totem poles.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blue Dogs: Created by 4th Grade, Inspired by George Rodrigue

4th grade students were introduced to Blue Dog artist George Rodigue.  
After learning about his life and art and inspiration for Blue Dog, they created their own version of Blue Dog using many different materials.