Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Highwaymen

5th grade learned about the Highwaymen, a group of artists in Florida during the 1950s who sold their artwork by the highways. Their oil paintings of landscapes are very popular now and can be found all over the country. I learned about the highwaymen during Art Scouts last summer from amazing art teacher Jennifer Alvarado and I was excited to share their art with my students.

Original work by Highwaymen artist.

We started by viewing their works and identifying foreground, middle ground, and background. Then we sketched out our landscapes.

We added color with chalk pastels, working in "cloudy" shapes, then blending with liquid starch. I love this beautiful, painterly look they got! Gorgeous!

Look at that depth! 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Tar Beach Collage

2nd grade viewed Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. We drew and painted a cityscape inspired by the city skylines in her work. Then we attached the painting to a larger paper. After that, we added squares of fabric and patterned papers. They are awesome!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Complementary Kusama Collages

This easy 2nd grade project was a great refresher in color theory while learning about the unique works of Yayoi Kusama. We started by drawing a pumpkin on a colored piece of paper. Then we added dots to match Kusama's style.

Next we cut out the pumpkin and glued it to a complementary paper. We finished them off with geometric designs in the background. Easy, fun and cute!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Kusama Pumpkins Sculptures

Ok, official favorite project of the year so far! And a super simple process! 

We used Neon Model Magic clay by Crayola. Each student got a piece that was about a handful. We made a "pancake" shape first, then wrapped that around a ball of tissue to give it some extra "fluff" while using less clay. Then we added spots of a different color.

After the pumpkins were made, we painted a oil pastel and watercolor resist background. We folded and cut the paper to create a 3D room. Such a great effect, love it! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Andy Warhol's Cats

3rd grade loved learning about Andy's cats and exploring his early illustrations. This was a simple lesson. I found a few "How to Draw Cats" pages online. You can find links to the How-To's under each cat image. 

Original by Andy Warhol
We drew all 3 together, then they picked their favorite to finish. We traced with sharpie and added watercolor paints. 

Very easy, super cute, and a great opportunity to wear my many-colored cats dress! 

The names you see are what they named their cats, like Andy signed "Sam's" name to his cat drawings. 

How to draw this sitting cat from Art Projects for Kids. 

How to draw this laying down cat from ArtsyCraftyMom.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Andy Warhol Prints

This was my first time use Gelli Printing plates in the classroom, and they are awesome! We used regular liquid tempera paints instead of printing ink. After viewing the works of Andy Warhol, focusing on his flower artworks and discussing the printing process, we used fake flowers and Gelli plates to create these gorgeous collages!

Students printed as much as they could in one class period. During the next class time, they cut up their "best" ones and made collages. Love these and I will definitely be using Gelli plates again! 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Textured Hearts

One of my favorite new lessons this year comes from kindergarten! As we explore the elements & principles of art, we created textured hearts on textured paper. I don't have many in-progress pictures of this; kindergarten moves faster than my camera.

We started by using oil pastels on texture sheets to create a textured piece of paper. Then we used Crayola Model Magic to create the hearts. First we pressed them into the texture sheets, then used heart-shaped cookie cutters (yes, this is a literal "cookie cutter" lesson) to cut out the hearts. So this could be adapted to any shape, depends on what kind of cookie cutters you have. The kids were amazed and the results are gorgeous. Can't wait to do these again next year. 

And a bonus surprise: I was going to glue these to their papers when they dried, so I had the kids set their hearts on their papers to keep them together. The hearts stuck to the papers, so I didn't have to glue them! :D