Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fall Leaves Watercolor Resist

Recently 1st grade artists looked at fall leaves and noticed that the green leaves change to red, orange and yellow when it becomes fall. We noticed that these are all warm colors. We began by looking at real leaves, as well as photographs of leaves, that have changed color during the fall. Students drew several large leaves on their paper, using oil pastels.
Then we painted them using watercolor paint in warm colors -- red, orange and yellow. The oil pastel lines of the leaves show through the watercolor paint which demonstrates resist, an effect students learned about last year in kindergarten. 
Students also learned about a watercolor technique called wet-on-wet, which involves painting the paper with water first and then dropping or painting with watercolor on top. The watercolor blooms or spreads because the paper is already wet which creates a blurry effect. Students enjoyed experimenting with this technique, and many found its effect "magical"!
The following class, we added some lines with white oil pastel to the background and then painted the background with cool colors of watercolor paint. Students experimented with wet-on-wet and also learned about another watercolor technique: using salt sprinkled on top of the wet paint. The salt absorbs the color from the paint, creating a white spot underneath as it dries and making a interesting texture.
Students enjoyed combining some of the watercolor techniques they learned about during this project. After our artwork had dried, the salt was brushed off and students were excited to see the effects of the salt, as well as the wet-on-wet. Below are examples of our warm and cool color fall leaves:
Alexis, 1st Grade (Salvucci)
Amelia, 1st Grade (Mandile)
Graham, 1st Grade (Massa)
Lucas F., 1st Grade (Landay)
Lucy, 1st Grade (Salvucci)
Mohammad, 1st Grade (Landay)
Mohan, 1st Grade (Massa)
Nasir, 1st Grade (Landay)
Naysa, 1st Grade (Massa)
Nirvaan, 1st Grade (Mandile)
Rishi, 1st Grade (Landay)
Violet, 1st Grade (Massa)
Xavier, 1st Grade (Salvucci)
Eden, 1st Grade (McIsaac)
Gabi, 1st Grade (McIsaac)
Joshua, 1st Grade (McIsaac)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Radial Symmetry Name Designs

To start off the year, 5th grade artists created designs using their name! To begin, we learned about radial symmetry, which is symmetry around a central point. We actually learned about this concept in 3rd grade when we made our color wheel snowflakes.   
Next, students folded a square piece of paper into triangles before creating a name design, stretching their letters to fit the triangular shaped space. Some students used block or bubble letters and other students wrote their name using lines. The most important part was making the letters stretch to touch the edges of the triangle, since that helps the letters connect together as they are repeated. 
Students then traced over their design with a Sharpie marker and by flipping parts of the paper over each other, were able to trace their original design to repeat it in all the remaining triangles. The large windows in the connector hallway acted as a giant light box! 
After they completed this step, students unfolded their paper to see their radially symmetrical name design repeated all the way around. Students then added color to their design using colored pencil. Students used a technique called gradation, which is the visual technique of gradually transitioning from one color to another. 
Blending is key to this technique. Students also learned about analogous colors, which are three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Students utilized analogous colors when using gradation to better demonstrate the transition between colors. 
They also worked hard to cover all of the paper and apply even pressure to their colored pencils to get bright, bold colors. Some examples of our finished radial symmetry name designs are below -- can you see the name of each artist in their design?
Caroline F., 5th Grade (Domermuth)
Chris, 5th Grade (Bellis)
Emma, 5th Grade (Domermuth)
Iris, 5th Grade (Psychoghios)
Isabell, 5th Grade (Bellis)
Jessica, 5th Grade (Domermuth)
Kaleb, 5th Grade (Domermuth)
Kate S., 5th Grade (Bellis)
Max H., 5th Grade (Bellis)
Mia, 5th Grade (Bellis)
Nola, 5th Grade (Domermuth)
Rose, 5th Grade (Bellis)
Sila, 5th Grade (Bellis)
Yazmin, 5th Grade (Bellis)
Andrew P., 5th Grade (Twomey)
Hammad, 5th Grade (Twomey)
Hazel, 5th Grade (Twomey)
Jaylyn, 5th Grade (Twomey)
William, 5th Grade (Psychoghios)
Dorie, 5th Grade (Psychoghios)
Marwa, 5th Grade (Psychoghios)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pop Art Inspired Onomatopoeia Design

To start off the year, 3rd grade artists looked at and discussed the work of Roy Lichtenstein and learned about his use of onomatopoeia, which is when a word imitates the sound of the object or action it refers to. Some examples are words like: "wham," "drip," and "ka-pow!"
Robert Lichtenstein, Whaam (1963)
We noticed that Lichtenstein was inspired by comics since the use of onomatopoeia is more common in comics and cartoons. We also noticed that he used primary colors in these paintings. We began our own artwork by brainstorming a list of onomatopoeia words as a class. 
Each student selected 4 different words and drew sketches that demonstrated the word's action and meaning as a visual picture, combining letters and pictures. Next class, we looked at more of Lichtenstein's paintings and noticed that he used dots of color, called benday dots, which were inspired by the way comic books were printed at the time. 
We selected one brainstorm sketch to make into a larger drawing. First we sketched out our design, working hard to make it larger and expand our idea to fit the space. Then we outlined with Sharpie marker and used markers in primary colors, incorporating the benday dots in at least one area of our artwork. 
Students thought carefully about where they were using certain colors and some students overlapped their benday dots to create the illusion of a secondary color. 
After students were finished, they did a turn and talk using their fortune tellers to share their work with a partner. The fortune tellers contain questions about your artwork and help students share what they are most proud of, what was the most challenging part of the project, etc. with each other. These are some examples of our finished Roy Lichtenstein inspired onomatopoeia designs:
Kalleby, 3rd Grade (Donato)
Ava K., 3rd Grade (Monfette)
David, 3rd Grade (Fletcher)
Dylon, 3rd Grade (DeBaie)
Ella, 3rd Grade (DeBaie)
Ethan, 3rd Grade (Fletcher)
Etta, 3rd Grade (Fletcher)
Kaylee M., 3rd Grade (DeBaie)
Sophie, 3rd Grade (DeBaie)
Viveca, 3rd Grade (Monfette)

Wyatt, 3rd Grade (Donato)
Brian, 3rd Grade (Donato)