Not A CD
This is my ‘Miss Eggers Signature Lesson’: I fell in love with it a year and a half ago when I saw a version of it on There’s a Dragon in the Art Room and have made it my own in order for it to be successful with my little artists! I cannot emphasize enough the amazing CREATIVITY I see as a result of this lesson! See my previous posts about this lesson to get all the details! 🙂
Our Learning Targets:
I can use my imagination and creativity to turn my CD into a NOT-A-CD.
I can fill my whole page with my neat, colorful drawing using oil pastels.
Pattern and Texture Monsters
These two versions of our monsters were a joint exploration of the elements of line, pattern, and texture. Our ultimate conclusion was that if we created lines in a pattern, we would create the illusion of texture for our two-dimensional (flat, drawn) monsters, and when lines were made into patterns in clay we created a texture we could actually feel.
To begin our exploration of texture with 3 of our 5 senses (not tasting or smelling :)), we IDENTIFIED and felt textures around the art room, like the bottom of our shoes, the chairs versus the tile versus the carpet, and then created texture rubbings using peeled crayons and paper to SEE the different textures that would result when placing paper over the object and pressing the crayon back and forth across the paper.
For our second exercise, we LISTENED to and then drew the detailed descriptions written in the story of the Island of Hullaballoo. These descriptions included animals and landforms of different patterns, lines, and textures. Each drawing has completely different results as the kiddos only have their hearing, memory, and imagination to create this fictional island.
Our next exercise was to reach into mystery bags to FEEL and identify the textures hidden inside. (This was an old hidden gem I found while cleaning and organizing this summer!) The idea is that there are 8 to 9 different colors of bags, each colored bag contains a different swatch of texture, the kiddos pass it around, and then sketch the texture they feel. After having done this exercise 3 to 4 times with different textures, we compare their drawings with photos provided in the game to see if their guesses and drawings were accurate.
We tried to make the clay monsters and the drawn monsters as similar as possible in order to see the transformation of texture from paper to clay.
Our Learning Targets:
I can feel and draw different kinds of textures.
I can draw different patterns and textures to create my monster.
I can use different materials, patterns, and textures to create my monster.
I can communicate texture through line, pattern, and clay techniques.
Continuous Contour Line Self-Portraits
For the first part of our four part self-portrait series, we explored drawing using contour line. These great videos introduced us to the challenges of drawing blind contour portraits (when you can’t look at your paper while you’re drawing) and continuous contour portraits (you must draw the entirety of a face without lifting your pencil). The challenges resulted in some hilarious faces. We were inspired by Pablo Picasso’s contour drawings, but in the future I would consider introducing Alexander Calder because of his amazing wire contour work.
Home challenge: explore blind and continuous contour drawing of your family member’s faces!!
Our Learning Target:
I can use contour drawing techniques to create a face.
Thiebaud Tinted Ice Cream Cones
I LOVE Wayne Thiebaud, so when I saw this project displayed at a student art show in Davenport I knew I had to incorporate it into my color study of tints and shades curriculum. Wayne Thiebaud (pronounced like Tim ‘Tebow’) is famous for making dessert art a part of mainstream, and well-recognized Pop Art. He was influential within the Pop Art movement by challenging the idea of what fine art was, featuring every day objects (and food), reminding people of the fun and nostalgic memories they associate with having these special desserts. His paintings have visible and thick brushstrokes reminiscent of actual frosting. Needless to say, he’s a favorite with the elementary crowd! Our vocabulary emphasis included some of the basics of color theory: primary colors, secondary colors, tints, and shades – quiz your kiddos about these!! 🙂
Don’t they look good enough to eat!
Our Learning Targets:
I can mix tints of a color.
I understand Wayne Thiebaud painted desserts during the era of Pop Art.
(adding our sprinkles!)