Monday, December 16, 2013

Kindergarten "Moves" , Keith Haring Style

We moved our bodies. We jumped. We danced. We twisted and bent. 
The artist, Keith Haring, painted very simple, colorful, cartoonish figures that did all this and more. After looking at some of his artwork, including a newly restored mural in Philadelphia, Kindergarten explored this concept of "movement".  One student from each table was traced in an active position. Children tried drawing their own Keith Haring figures while waiting their turn to be traced. 
In the next class, we explored lines that curved and moved. Each child selected one line style and one color to paint on the action figure. Collaboration! They rotated around the table, painting areas closest to them.  Finally, out came the scissors to practice cutting skills. 
So many people have expressed enjoyment with these colorful figures - these artworks literally "Jump for Joy"! 

Pigs on Parade

Found in the school basement: 60 ceramic piggy banks
Source: unknown
Amount of time residing atop Art Studio cabinets: three years
Now upcycled as: "Pigs on Parade" by Grade 6 artists
Arts integration at it's best!  In art class, sixth graders began by selecting an artist to research in ELA and Library classes.   They learned new research skills using a variety of source materials including books, periodicals and the internet.  We've amassed quite a collection of artist biographies over the years!  Armed with new found information, students analyzed artist's characteristics including style, genre, media and technique as well as determined their most famous, easily recognized works.

Here's how sixth graders communicated an artist's style 
and personality on a 3D form.  
Can you guess the artist?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Exploring Radial Balance

A shoebox of sticky white letters sat in the art room closet for way too long.  Continuing my goal to finally utilize odd items (discussed here), I knew it was time to call in our creative Fourth Graders. This would make a perfect end to our unit on Visual Balance. 
Students traced and cut a circle, folded it into quarters, and learned to form a radial design beginning from the center and working outward. I encouraged them to create new negative shapes by joining letters. 
Once kids completed an interesting radial design they used oil pastels to add color. No particular colors were required, although we reviewed color families using the color wheel for reference.