Embroidery for 3rd grade involved the couching stitch and embellishments! Today was the last day of school - would've loved a bit more time for these. Still fun and cute!
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
I was inspired to teach this lesson after seeing these beautiful sculptures on Pinterest, from the Italian website http://www.biavatibottegadellestelle.it/ - La Bottega Della Stelle.
I was taken with the simple fish forms and textures, and I really wish I had some of those beautiful neutral glazes, but no luck this late in the year, so we opted for bright tempera. Maybe next year!
We built these in one session - we started with a thick pinch pot and flipped it over and added a variety of coral, seaweed, starfish, and other details. Then we formed a slab and added details to both sides to create the fish. Lastly, at the end of our 45 minute session, we poked holes in both using a wooden dowel and a slight stirring motion to enlarge the hole for shrinkage.
After a bisque firing, we painted the surfaces with liquid tempera and added a bit of hot glue. They turned out beautifully!
Friday, May 19, 2017
1. I call out a random object, let's say a hamburger. On the inchies sheet, which has 30 square inch boxes, students will draw a hamburger from their memory in a minute or less - usually about 45 seconds.
2. I call out the next object and the students draw it in the second square. I usually choose a theme for each row of five boxes - first row: food, second row: animals, third row: vehicles, etc. This helps me stay on track and not repeat. Sometimes I do funny ones, like their teacher's angry face.
3. The kids get super into this and are really quiet and focused. It makes a perfect time for me to walk around the room, organizing and packing and tidying for end of year. :)
4. Once the 30 boxes are filled, we turn the paper over and do an observation drawing for contrast. I have a big box of stuffed animals and other toys - the students choose one and do an extended observation drawing, say 5-10 minutes, and we discuss how drawing from observation is different than drawing from memory.
5. This perfectly fits in a 45 minute session.
My "inchies" sheet is available here on my Teachers Pay Teachers page - for a buck-fifty you can skip getting out the graph paper and ruler and making one yourself - haha! Have fun drawing...
Fourth graders practiced threading needles, tying knots, sewing on buttons/beads/sequins, and several different types of stitches during our embroidery project this year. We also made paper frames for presenting our work after we removed the embroidery hoops.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
I wanted my kids to go beyond basic color mixing and get to know some of the tricks to getting custom colors, but I didn't want to do the same boring primary-to-secondary sets. So I tried out a new experiment sheet and called it Discover Color. It is pretty open ended and the kids find mixtures they like (and don't like) based on some simple instructions - there is a place to record results and write notes, including a "Yes! or Yuck" vote. My classes are 45 minutes and this filled one session perfectly, but I can see using this before any painting project to work out a palette selection. They had fun with it and created some really nice colors!
If you'd like to try Discover Color, you can find it in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop!
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Our own High Museum of Art is currently showing a terrific group of American landscapes from the first half of the 20th century. My fifth graders studied some of the works that were available to see online, and brainstormed some of their favorite places to visit in America. I made a packet for each table using pictures from the High and a sheet of research ideas. We used iPads to do some research, as well as using our memories to help with the details. We focused on foreground, middle ground, and background and tried some different painting techniques with our watercolor, like wash, wet on wet, and dry detailing. We have some beautiful results! Students will write artist statements on their Artsonia posts, giving more information about the landscape site they selected.
***update- thanks for the souvenirs, High Museum!