We spent the last two weeks in class working on self portraits. I purchased self standing mirrors so that each student could observe themselves while drawing. This was the first time we have used mirrors to do self portraits. I could really see the difference. We drew our portraits in black crayon and then painted […]
My 6th grade and up class has been working on portraits in the style of Klimt. They drew these in pencil, painted them in watercolor, and then added gold tempera paint and Sharpie marker. I love the effect of layering gold over the watercolor. Several students are still working on their portraits. Hopefully, I will […]
For the last couple of weeks, we have been learning about Gustav Klimt, the Viennese artist famous for his Art Nouveau paintings of women. Klimt used lots of pattern and lots of gold in his paintings. We began this project by reading Klimt and his Cat. Then we drew our ladies on colored paper. We […]
I knew this project would take some time, but the recent snowy weather didn’t help. After working on them for one last class, I decided to send them home. Even unfinished, though, I think they turned out great. They came up with some great patterns in their squares.
I haven’t posted about my 6th grade and up class in a while. They have been working hard on their Chuck Close grid portraits. This project takes a lot of time but provides a lot of learning value. We first read about Chuck Close and looked at his work. I had taken pictures of each […]
This week both my 3rd-5th and my 6th and up groups learned about pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein. We looked at his work and discussed the graphic line and how he showed emotion in his cartoon-like faces. I showed students the basics of facial proportion to get them started. We looked at ways to show emotion […]
My Kindergarten -2nd grade group have been working on Pop Art Self Portrait Collages. We began by drawing a self portrait on white drawing paper. Then, we cut out our face, hair, and shirt to make templates for collage. Since we were studying Pop Art, students were free to use whatever colors they wanted. We […]
My oldest group took on a very challenging project for our Picasso Blue Period focus week. I did this project in Carla Sonheim’s “Y is for Yellow” class. I think it is a great project for learning about value and learning how to build up color in watercolor. We started by drawing from Picasso’s original […]
Our theme this week was Picasso’s Blue Period. For the 3rd-5th grade classes, we did blue portraits, exploring tints and shades of one blue color. I went over proportions of a face but let them decide who the portrait would be of, themselves or an invented character. They also got to decide the location of […]
My 6th grade and up class completed their Stravinsky portraits. I let them add color using a variety of water based materials (watercolor pencils, ink pencils, gel crayons, etc… I really think they turned out great. They each have such unique personalities.