4th & 5th grade
Students learned about various color schemes and looked at artwork by Peter Max – Statue of Liberty. We discussed the history and meaning of the Statue of Liberty and what it means to be free. Students chose a color scheme to paint the background of their artwork. They used black paint to add the Statue of Liberty’s face to the foreground.
Students used various sketching pencils to sketch and shade an eye showing value and contrast. Next, they used watercolors to paint the color inside of the eye.
Kindergarten – Fifth grade
For our school’s Lunar New Year celebration, all the students learned how to draw a simple dragon. The 3rd – 5th graders put them on popsicle sticks to hold and wave around. Kindergarten and 1st grade used warm or cool colors to turn their dragons into a fire or water dragon. Second graders folded theirs into a fan, which you can see a video demonstration in another lesson I posted.
3rd – 5th grade:
Students made a contour drawing of an animal with a pencil. Next, they traced it with a black crayon. Last, they painted it with a variety of colors using watercolor paints.
Students used watercolors to paint self portraits with a variety of color. They were inspired by portraits painted by Henri Matisse. First, they made contour drawings of themselves using a mirror. They made sure their face were all “in proportion”. Next, they traced the contour drawing with a black crayon and painted it.
Woman with a Hat & La Raie Verte by Henri Matisse:
2nd – 5th grade students used the gridding technique to make a reproduction of Blue Dog by George Rodrigue on canvas squares.
To start off the school year, all 600+ students made sketchbooks and portfolios.
K-2 made portfolios and 3-5 made both sketchbooks and portfolios.
The portfolios are made from manila and construction paper. These will be used to organize everyone’s artwork in the classroom as more and more projects are completed.
The sketchbooks are just xerox paper and construction paper that is held together by twisty ties. They are used for the daily warm up activity and to sketch out ideas before creating artwork.
These will be kept in the art room all year long. The students will take them home at the end of the year.