Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Egyptian Jewelry a la Kindergarten

Did you know that even men wore jewelry in Ancient Egypt 
about 4,000 years ago? 
 Kindergarten is learning about the art of Ancient Egypt and have just finished these gorgeous collar necklaces! First we looked at patterns found in Egyptian art and jewelry then drew patterns onto paper plate rims with markers. Then we made clay beads, added texture and spray painted them to look like real gold! Finally, we used pipe cleaners to attach the beads. 
So exciting! 

Math facts make unique textures and designs! 

We learned a few tricks for next time:
1) Beads add weight to the necklace, and if the opening in the back is too big, the necklace will slide off.  Don't cut an opening in the back of the necklace,  it will fit fine around the neck with just a slit. 
2) The more densely colored and patterned the necklace, the more striking it appears against  the gold beads. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Penguins on Parade

It's a penguin parade waddling down the hallway!  
First  graders researched seventeen different kinds of penguins.  In the art room, we observed individual characteristics and discovered many differences. Students then painted their life-sized penguins while referring to books and photos for accurate shapes and colors. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Pop Art Hero Portraits

I love to integrate art whenever possible.  In Social Studies and ELA, Seventh and Eighth grade are currently researching an American Hero, and preparing research papers and Prezis to showcase their learning at the "Hero Fair".  
 In the art studio, we're creating a portrait as part of the research. When I saw this amazing lesson at "For the Love of Art"  I knew it would be perfect to modify for our hero portraits. 
Tracing over line drawings that had been modified at http://www.dumpr.net/ 
We used our new school iPads for this process! Despite extensive preplanning, there were some road bumps but we persevered!  
Tracing the contour line drawings onto a good paper

Measuring and drawing a 1 1/2" grid over our portrait drawing. 
 Finally, adding color and design! 
Stay tuned as for more to come! 

In my experience, Chuck Close is a particularly inspiring and engaging artist for students of all ages. As a student with learning disabilities, and later in life physical disabilities, Chuck Close is the embodiment of perseverance! He continues to search for pathways that transform goals into reality. 
 We have an excellent children's book in the SJS library, entitled 

Chuck Close: Up Close, by Jan Greenberg that you might want to check out!