Monday, March 9, 2015

2nd Grade African Giraffe's

The elementary art teachers in our district a few years back were about the put together cultural trunks, each teacher houses one at there school (about 20 trunks) and we can check them out throughout the year.  They are great because they have everything you need for bulletin boards and lesson plan ideas to incorporate different culture into art.  I currently have the African trunk so each grade level is doing an African project.  My 2nd grade finished first with some beautiful African Serengeti Giraffes.  We did discussed what symmetry is and they had to create a symmetrical boarder using geometric lines and shapes.   We also discussed contrast and how coloring some areas in black really made their pattern "pop".  Students used tempera paint for sun and tempera cakes for rest of sky.  Finally draw with pencil the acacia tree and giraffe, then outlined with black marker and finally painting in with black paint.

4th Grade Perspective Tints & Shades

4th grade students learned about one point perspective and how to create 3-D form on a 2-D surface.  Students put a dot in the center of their cardboard and then drew different geometric shapes around staying close to the edge of the cardboard.  (I have a super sweet lunch lady who saves cardboard from food delivered so I have tons of card board 9 x 12 size).  Students got to choose two different colors to create tints and shades on their forms.  Finally used black paint to fill in background and used black sharpie to out line and add patterns to shapes.  Students really got into this project!