Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snowman Portrait

Close-up snowmen!!!

We all had so much fun creating these close-up snowman portraits. Students were really encouraged to think creatively and draw what they would want their snowman to look like. Some students made baseball snowmen, ninjas, snow-women, and even a snow bunny!!! We used oil pastels and drew first in white, then added colors and lastly used black (so the white wouldn't mix with the black). Great Job!!!

Op Art- Learning Colors!

During this lesson, Junior High Students studied op art but my main goal in this lesson was learning about colors. During this lesson we discussed complimentary, analogous, and monochromatic colors. First we used a pencil and ruler to draw the initial steps to the project. Next they were asked to choose two sets of colors, any complimentary, monochromatic, or analogous color. Before they began drawing with the colored pencils, I demonstrated how to shade darker on the edges and lighter in the middle (they used prior knowledge of the Chuck Close project for this assignment). When finished, students were asked to write down which colors they used on their artwork (ex, analogous and monochromatic).

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ornaments with Kinder

This holiday season, the kindergartners made ornaments. They traced three circles in any color they wanted and cut them out. Next , I put little bins of sequins and glue on each table and they glued the circles on first and then added the sequins on the circles. While they were working on that, I went around and put the glitter on the hook for the ornament and made a border for the picture. It was a nice simple project with some glitter and sparkle.. perfect for the holiday season!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Creative Christmas Ornaments

Every Year our district art teachers make ornaments for the holiday season. This year, Junior High students made theirs out of light bulbs. The first step was to cut tissue paper into small squares and glue them on the light bulb with a glue and water mixture (puctured below). They can choose to make a pattern, a solid color or many colors. While that was drying, we started creating our ornaments faces out of felt and buttons. I think that Tacky Glue works the best for this project. The next step is tying the string or ribbon around the light bulb. Finally, we glued the face to the top of the light bulb. Students were really creative, making santa faces, hello kittly faces, reindeer and even a Jack Skellington!!!I think these are going to be a big hit this holiday season!

Friday, November 5, 2010


Junior High Students studied the art of Chuck Close and photo realism. Chuck Close is a truly inspirational artist. Many years ago, he became paralyzed and was unable to use his body. His Passion for art actually helped him recover. He used a paintbrush in his teeth because he could not use his arms or hands. Later in his life he regained some of the movement in his arm and is now able to paint with the brush strapped to his hand. Chuck Close's style of art ist photorealism, which basically means a painting that looks so real that it looks like a photograph. First, we studied value and practiced shading. Students chose a symmetrical animal picture and cut it in half. Next, students taped it to the paper and students were asked to point out the darkest and lightest shades in their picture. This allows them to figure out when to put the most pressure and when to press the lightest. I think doing this project allows you to appreciate the art of Close even more!!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fish Parade

Junior High students had the opportunity create their own Fish Parade!!! This project was based on the famous public art, Cow Parade. Cow Parade gives each participating artist a cow and the artists paints, decorates, dresses and transforms the cows. 7th and 8th grade students each paper mached a balloon. While they dried students had to create at least 4 sketches of different ideas for their fish. The students were very creative and had a blast creating their fish parade!! We had fruit fish, clown fish, rocket ship fish, crayon fish, sponge bob fish, clown fish and American flag fish... just to name a few! Great Job Artists!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dia De Los Muertos Scratch Art

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a ritual that is celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of the United States, including Arizona!! It occurs around the same time as Halloween but is completely separate. During this Holiday, family and friends of the deceased celebrate their life. Instead of fearing death, they embrace it. Today, people decorate wooden skulls masks called Calacas and dance in honor of the deceased relatives. Sugar Skulls are also made and eaten by a relative or friend. The decorations from this ritual are bright and often glittery, so I encourage my students to do the same. The first step to this project is to draw a skull (BIG) on thick white paper with pencil. Remind students to draw big but bot too much detail, because it is hard to get in those little spaces with the oil pastels. Next, we use a black oil pastel to outline the image and features on the skull. Next, students are asked to color EVERYTHING, and to really press hard. They must color everything and press hard because afterwards, they will paint over it with black tempera paint and if there is paper showing or they did not press hard enough, the paint will stick to the paper and not scratch off. After they are finished coloring, they can paint over their picture with black tempera paint and when it is dry they can begin to scratch it off to leave a cool effect. they can choose to scratch off in a pattern or the whole thing!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Warm and Cool Instruments

This project is great to integrate the arts. Herrera is an art school, so many of the students who are in art are also in band or orchestra. I encourage student to draw thier own instruments that they actually play. We start by drawing the instrument in pencil first. They are asked to make the instrument BIG and asked to draw it off the page to create more interest. Next they outline it with black crayon. Next, students use a white crayon and draw lines and designs around paper. Next, they use sheet music and a glue stick to glue it to the artwork, making sure to glue all the edges well so it does not curl up when painted. The last step to this project is to paint the artwork using warm and cool colors. They can chose to paint thier instruments cool or warm but the background has to be opposite.


Kinder's Night cityscape!!
I really enjoy doing this project with the kindergartners towards the beginning of the school year because it is a fun way to practice really simple cutting and pasting skills (and they turn out really cute!!!) I started with a black paper, paint brush and and silver paint and we painted stars and a moon in the sky. This could have also been done with a white crayon too! Next, students are given rectangles of different sizes and I ask them to OVERLAP them on the bottom of the paper and glue them on with a small amount of glue. next i give them strips of yellow paper and they are to cut them into squares and glue them onto the buildings. I have them only use one dot of glue on each square and have the repeat after me, "a dot is a lot!!!!!"

Perspecitve City

Junior High students learned about one point perspective in this lesson. First, they used pencils and rulers to create the vanishing point, horizon line, the basic outline of the street and the buildings. Next, they were asked to think creatively and add store names or designs to the city. Students were given the choice of using colored pencils or watercolor pencils for this project. The last step to this project, which was optional, was to use a thin black marker to outline and clean up some of the lines.

Spooky Landscape Silhouettes

This was a really fun project for the 3rd and 4th graders. We learned about landscapes and silhouettes!! they really had fun drawing the spooky houses and some of them really got creative about what to put in their landscapes!!! the first step was to draw a spooky landscape with a black crayon or oil pastel. Then, they colored everything in black, except for the sky and anything that may have a light (like the windows, candles, moon, and inside the faces of the pumpkin or tree). Next, they colored the lights with yellow. And lastly, they chose two colors for the sky from watercolor paints.

Also, I had one of those AWESOME teacher moments while I was doing cafeteria duty. I was walking around the cafeteria when i saw one of my 3rd grade students raising his hands wildly, so excited!!! He was so excited to show me what his mom had packed in his lunch that day. When he showed me the Cheeto's bag I was confused... and he said, "Look, it has a landscape silhouette, just like our art project!!!" He gave it to me, when he was finished of course, so that I could show it to my other classes!! (picture of the bag below)

Spider Web Resist

This project is great for the fall. Students started with a white oil pastel and drew the web (with instruction). Next, students used watercolor paints to paint behind the web. They can paint over the white web because the oil in the pastel creates a resist for the paint. Ans lastly the students are given 8 legs to accordion fold and one piece of paper to cut a circle. When they have finshed glueing them all together, they can draw on a face!!!