Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Art Fest 2013

High Hand Gallery Art Fest 2013
We had a great time in fruit sheds creating art this past weekend.  If you didn't make it this year I hope you can join us next time!

Fifth Grade: Faith Ringold Inspired Story Quilts

Tar BeachThe fifth graders learned about the artist Faith Ringold.  We read her book "Tar Beach" and then talked about her artwork.  Before starting the project we discussed quilting and how a story could be told visually instead of relying on words alone.  Instead of using fabric we created our story quilts on tagboard with a "quilted" border made of squares of patterned wallpaper. 

During the first lesson the students drew a  2" border around the tagboard where the paper squares would be applied.  Then we talked about subject matter that could be used for the stories.  After a brief discussion on perspective, overlap and making their drawings large enough to fill the paper, the students began a rough pencil sketch.  Their stories could be about a family tradition, favorite memory or a dream for their future.

During the next two class periods watercolor pencils were used to add color.  If desired, water could be used to blend the color and give a watercolor effect.  After the center was colored in we used squares of patterned wallpaper to make a "quilted" border around the edge.  Black sharpie pens were used to add details, words or "stitching" if the students desired.

Adding the border and beginning sketch 

 Adding color with watercolor pencils

 Adding squares of printed wallpaper for a "quilted" border

Creating details, words and "stitching" with black sharpies

 Finished Story Quilts

Friday, March 15, 2013

Fourth Grade: Geometric Design

This unit was actually from a few weeks ago but I'm late posting.  It's one of my favorites!  The students were learning about geometric shapes and forms at the time so it worked out great!

Op Art: shape

We started with black and white "Op Art" designs made by drawing either geometric or organic shapes and then cutting through them with lines.  The newly created shapes are then filled in with an alternating black and white "checkerboard" pattern. This project isn't hard but it requires patience, attention and neatness.  Generally students will either love it or hate it depending on their personalities.  It's best to start small and keep the design simple before trying to make a complicated design.

Newspaper Sculpture: Form

The previous project focused on shape.  Now we were ready to explore form.  The class spent the first day learning how to make tight sturdy tubes with newspaper, chopsticks and masking tape that would be used to create their geometric sculptures.


 The next week we discussed geometric forms and joining techniques that would make their sculptures more sturdy.  In order to be successful they had to think like an artist and an engineer.