What to do when half of your class is finished with a project, and some students need a little more time to finish up? Have a little fun with some mystery drawing, of course!
Fifth graders used their sense of touch to describe and draw mystery objects hidden in paper bags. There was lots of giggling and funny faces as each student felt the item in their bag, described it to their classmates, took notes, and finally tried to draw their object without looking at it.
This exercise was a perfect way to give my students a new way to explore drawing and challenge their powers of observation – and to work as a team to create their sketches!
It’s been a busy first couple of weeks in our Georgetown art room! Here’s a look at what we’ve done in the last 9 days since school began.
We did this!
Quarter circles – we put them together to make some fancy circles.
We talked about three big Art Elements and read an awesome book – because we are all MAGNIFICENT artists!
Kinders and Firsties drew their favorite things and made table tags to help Mrs. B. learn ALL their names! Yikes, I have lots of leaning to do.
Fourth and Fifth graders put new pages in their sketchbooks and did some drawing.
Third graders described warm and cool colors and began a new watercolor project.
Second graders began torn paper masks (mean Mrs. Brouwer took their scissors away and ugh, they had to TEAR the paper!). No Glue Monsters allowed for this project!
Kinders met Mr. Mondrian and practiced their cutting skills to create their own Mondrian Broadway Boogie Woogies.
And Firsties began a cool Picasso project….but I was too busy to take pictures – more later.
Whew! And that is just the first nine days folks!
Oh how I love seeing these 5th grade boys drawing in their sketchbooks!
Fifth Grade artists learned about the ancient kingdom of Chancay, a Pre-Columbian civilization located along the coast of Peru. Our artists created model magic figurines that were inspired by the ceramics made by the Chancay people.
Clay idol from the Chancay culture.
They began with “thumbnail” sketches in their sketchbooks.
Creating the background – a bit of recycle art with cardboard and some awesome texture made from a donation of window shade samples.
Creating and painting the Chancay figures using Model Magic. Students recalled our earlier color unit and talked about Earth tones and neutral colors.
Finished pieces. Aren’t they wonderful?
Michigan Visual Arts Standards:
Compare and contrast works of art as belonging to
particular cultures, times, and places.
Demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts
interrelate in making and studying works of art.
Fourth grade artists have been exploring the sculptures of Alexander Calder – they loved seeing photos of his studio filled with bits of wire and junk!
Calder in his studio.
I gave my students a Calder Challenge for their sculptures:
1) their sculpture must have both moving (mobile) parts and non-moving (stabile) parts
2) their sculpture must have visual interest from every angle
The challenge was met – as you can see!
Lots of good recycled junk to choose from!
Sculpture in the works
Drawing our sculptures in our sketchbooks – translating what we see from 3D to 2D!
And some completed Calder-esque masterpieces….
Our fifth and fourth grade artists spent their first days in art making their sketchbooks – assembling them, decorating the covers, and working on their first sketchbook assignment – a hand project. They also learned how to draw some new fun zentangles. Fifth and fourth graders will keep their sketchbooks in the art room and use them throughout the year – when they have extra art time, to take art notes, and for working through ideas.
Sketchbook hand project