Thursday, September 30, 2010

Can you say CHIHULY?!!!!!

Here are several examples of some of my student's Chihuly inspired artworks... Most Macchia- today though Kindergarten learned about Ikebana! They first sketched their Ikebana's with sharpie, then watercolored them! They were so cute!

Next the 1st and 2nd graders made Macchia using coffee filters, markers, and spray starch. I had them cut an organic shaped lip first, then colored them with markers, and finally folded them over a yogurt container and sprayed them; to give them a bowl shape once the starch dryed. They students loved this and they turned out pretty neat. I then hot glued them by classes onto matt board and hung them in the hallway.

The coffee filter drapped over a yogurt container.

First Graders!

Second Graders, I made them keep warm and cool colors seperate. Hit an extra standard with these guys!

Close up!

Finally today 3rd and 4th graders created Macchia using the Dura Lar plastic from Dick Blick. I loved the way that Andrea from the Frist had done altered this process from the Blick lesson plan: rather than having the students manipulate the dura lar while handling it IN the hot water, I simply dipped it in the hot water and placed it over the yogurt cup/ form and the students (while wearing gloves) press their hands onto the dura lar over the form- creating again that bowl like form! We used sharpies and Sharpie paint pens- which worked really well because you can paint the dura lar BEFORE putting it in the water, making it much easier to paint while it is still flat!

Friday, September 24, 2010

A new year, new school, new lessons!

In Kindergarten the first week we focused on cutting and pasting. I read "Planting a Rainbow" by Lois Elhert to the students and we created these rainbow collage gardens following the story. The students loved this assignment and they turned out really cute!

A student tracing a flower tracer before cutting it out.

1st Graders learn that architecture and create collages of the buildings, including the famous Batman building in downtown Nashville.

Students in grades 1-4 create a name design for their sketchbook covers using bubble letters, organic shapes, and patterns of textures.

More to come very soon!