First grade artists are creating stacks of patterned presents this week. Oh the excitement of making a big pile of presents for yourself!
Fifth Grade artists have been reviewing the art elements as they design their silhouettes. After briefly discussing silhouettes and recalling that the traditional silhouette is an outline without features on the inside, we began jazzing up our own silhouettes. I traced each student’s features and then they got busy using shape, color, line, and texture to fill in their silhouette.
I was thrilled to see many of my 5th graders refer to their sketchbooks for Zentangle ideas to fill their silhouettes.
A few finished pieces – they all turned out so great! This is a project that I haven’t done in a number of years – my 5th graders really enjoyed working on their silhouettes.
My kinders had fun experimenting with pattern this week. They cut out a large circle with a dot pre-printed in the center….then practiced painting “top, bottom, side, side” to create a beautiful pattern. The art room was very quiet as they all whispered “top, bottom, side, side” while they painted! While the flowers dried, they created a very tall stem and leaves and colored those with more patterns. Finally – a bit of glue, and our pattern flowers were ready to hang and admire!
I think the “top, bottom, side, side” part of this project is from an old Arts & Activities lesson- I added the flower stem to extend the pattern play into a 50 minute art session for my kinders.
Kindergarten Artists have been working on the art element of Pattern this week. First we read Denise Fleming’s fun book, Beetle Bop.
Then we talked about pattern – my Kinders were eager to share their favorite color patterns! We created a line pattern background for our beetles, then cut and glued beetle bodies to the paper. We added legs, antennae, and more patterns on the beetle bodies. Finally, a border of cut paper scraps finished our bug collages. Along the way we learned how to open and close the glue bottles and how to squeeze just a drop – and even how to punch holes with those tricky paper punchers.