Sunday, 14 October 2012

Warm or Cool Coloured Monsters

Grade 6 students were challenged to create monsters using either warm or cool colours.  They used the alternate colours for their backgrounds. 

Their monsters had to fill the page.

Oil pastels were used.  One thing students discovered about oil pastels was that if they made a mistake, the pastels were very forgiving.

Although this project was completed by grade 6 students, it would be easily adaptable to other grades.





Friday, 21 September 2012

Colour Theory with Found Objects

After the success I had with my grade 5s and their "human" colour wheels, I decided to try a similar approach with my grade 6s.

This time I challenged them to find objects in the classroom that fit the criteria.

First I asked for three students who thought they knew the primary colours.  They then had to search the room for the colours, bring them back to the front and wait for confirmation by the other students.

Here are the primary results.


Next, three more students searched for secondary colours.  One of the students volunteered herself.


The whole class was challenged to find warm coloured objects.  Hectic but enthusiastic results.

Once again, everyone was involved in the search for cool colours.
Finally we created a colour wheel.
The primary coloured objects were placed first, then the secondary ones.
We talked about tertiary colours and students searched for them.
There was much discussion as students moved objects around to better balance the wheel.
Once again, students were able to very quickly complete their colour theory sheets.
This method would be great at any grade level.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Mona Lisa...You've Changed

Recently my students examined da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

We discussed her pose, clothing, location and of course, her famous expression.

They were then challenged to create their own versions using pencil crayons and/or markers. 

Some of  the results are below.  Check out the facial expressions!


Colour Wheel with a Twist

I decided to take a different approach to reviewing the colour wheel with my grade 5 students today.  I used them. 
Fingers were crossed that they would show up wearing a variety of colours and except for being a little off on the violet, it turned out well.
I began by asking them to stand if they were wearing a primary colour.  We talked about what made a colour primary.

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Next those wearing a secondary colour stood, they were asked which colours were used to make it.

Students then arranged themselves in warm and cool combinations.
We talked about tonal values and lined up legs to show different shades and tints.  They knew how to use black or white to change the colour.
Students wearing green also wanted their picture taken.  We discussed how adding more blue or yellow could change the colour.
At first students did not quite understand the concept of complementary colours being opposites.
I briefly did an afterimage exercise with them. 
First I had them open their agendas to a white page, then I had them place their pencil crayon boxes on it.  I asked them to focus without staring hard on the yellow on the box.  I timed them for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, then had them pull away the box while still looking at the page. 
 Ooos and ahhs were heard around the room as they briefly saw violet on the page.  One student was so excited, he called another one over to "see" the colour he saw.  I related the effect of the afterimage to film negatives.  You know you are getting old when not all knew what they were! 
Afterwards, they were able to name all the complementary combinations.
Finally students created a "human" colour wheel.  One of them pointed out how they were lined up with their opposite.  Success!
To end the project, I handed out a colour assignment sheet.  They very quickly completed and correctly labelled it with little help from me.
I will definitely do this again in the future.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Birdhouse Inspiration

While driving in Prince Edward Island,my cousin, aunt and I came across a display of birdhouses at the foot of a driveway.  Curious, we backed up and drove in.


What we found was a small shed called The Bird House. 


We also met the creator of all the houses, a retired gentleman, who liked to work with his hands and who told us that his wife did all the painting.


I purchased the one shown below, and, yes, it was a challenge to bring it back in my suitcase, but, it was worth it.

 So, what has this inspired?  Right now I have several posibilities going on in my head.  It could be the basis for "crooked" paper mache houses, paintings of birdhouses on poles, positive/negative images,   cutting paper into geometric shapes to create houses, repeated images or even make the types of fantasy birds or other creatures that would live in houses like these.  We'll have to wait and see what develops.          

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Maud Lewis Activity Book

While I was in the Maritimes on vacation I came across a book published by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Maud Lewis.

It is an inexpensive activity book that has pages to colour based on her paintings.  As well it includes crossword puzzles, word searches and find the differences among other activities.  A brief history about Maud is also added.

Seems like a good way to introduce Maud Lewis to a class.


I picked up my copy at Chapters so it should be readily available.

The ideas in this book could easily be applied to other artists with a little effort.

Friday, 3 August 2012

The Real Picasso

IMG_1475What a difference seeing something in person makes. Reproductions do not do them justice.

Today I went to see Picasso - Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris at the AGO in Toronto.

Wow.  Unbelievable colours, amazing brushstrokes and the life that emerged from the works.  

Already I have several ideas for new projects, have to see how they develop.

One of the featured paintings was the Portrait of Dora Marr, 1937.  It's also on the poster. Amazing.  

Last year my students did an assignment based on it.

Here are some photos of their results.