Friday, 29 June 2012

It's Cold Outside

It gets pretty cold in northern Alberta, the temperature often drops to -30C or -40C during winter, but school stays open so students bundle up.  This became the inspiration for an art project.

Students drew their head shape, neck and shoulders.  We discussed eye placement.  Next students added hats and scarves, bringing them to just above and below the eyes. 

Sections were added to be filled with patterns.

Since we had just completed looking at the colour wheel, students had the choice of completing the hat and scarf with warm/cool colours or a primary/secondary combination.

Any other clothing that could be seen was the student's choice on how to finish.

The background was left until the figure was completed.

White crayons were used to draw snowflakes on the background.

Finally, a wash of blue paint was added for the sky.  The crayon acted as a resist so the snowflakes appeared.   
            HINT! Have students paint the wash away from the figure instead of to it, to help    
                     prevent bleeding.

As far as media goes... students had the choice of working with pencil crayons, markers, or both.


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Texture Monsters

Monsters were emerging everywhere as students roamed the classroom and hallway looking for textures. 

First students completed a line drawing of their monster.

Then with crayons in hand, they completed their pictures by filling in the spaces with rubbings of the found textures. 

Monsters were finished by outlining with various colours of crayons.

I've done this lesson with other subjects
including landscapes, vehicles, animals,
and more.  It really lends itself to so
many things.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Influenced by Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp was one of the featured artists in my Art and Artists class.  Students from grades 7 and 8 viewed his painting, "Nude Descending a Staircase" and then interpreted his method of showing all actions into their own work. 

Students chose their own subject and setting, drew their overlapping shapes with pencil and completed their project with liquid paint.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Colour Theory Air Balloons

Grade 6 Air Balloons

Grade 6 art students recently took flight as they used air balloons to show their understanding of colour theory.  Each balloon illustrated a different component including primary, secondary, intermediate, analogous, complementary, warm, cool, and black and white.  Extra balloons were completed as their own choices.  As well, students explored the use of depth and pattern.

Students began by drawing various sizes of balloons and overlapping some of them to show depth.  Land was included. 

Next patterns were added to balloons.
Finally colour was added using pencil crayons, markers or both.

Once everything was completed, a wash of blue paint was added for the sky.