Wednesday, June 7, 2017

When I Grow Up Portraits

     In second grade we did these great full-body self-portraits of "What I want to be when I grow up".  The kids included backgrounds with enough details to help people understand their ideas.  We used watercolor crayons and pencils as well as tray watercolors to complete these.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Art Masterpiece Parodies

Mackenzie H.

    In fifth grade, I wanted to do some kind of a lesson about art history that would still seem fresh and exciting to the kids.  We started out by looking at seven famous masterpieces and discussing why they were successful and what has contributed to them becoming famous works of art.  We looked at Mona Lisa (da Vinci), American Gothic (Grant), Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (Kahlo), The Boating Party (Cassatt), A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (Seurat), Starry Night (van Gogh), and The Scream (Munch).  We then looked some parodies of these artworks with cartoon characters, Star Wars characters, extra that I found doing a few Google searches.

     We also watched some music parodies of popular songs from YouTube.  This helped us to understand that listeners/viewers would not recognize the original work if it were not very famous or if too many alterations had been made.

     The kids chose a masterpiece to work with and created visual parodies based on them.  They had various forms of dry and wet mediums to choose from to complete their work.  I had both a dry and wet media station with different media options and varying levels of opaqueness (watercolors vs. tempera cakes).
Breakfast Delight by Sam L. 
Flowers In the Night by Boston S.
Olivia S.
The Nerda-Lisa by Emma K.
Tractor Invasion by Tyler R.

Starry Night Cat by Jacob K.

Mona Alien by Jacob M.

"Moona Lisa" by Matt K.

Blocky Night by Ryan P.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Text Design Ambition Artworks

     It has been a while since I've updated the blog and I'm so excited to share this neat lesson with you!!!  I have moved more to sharing our work on Instagram (Follow us @suffieldart), but still will post new lessons from time to time here!

     For this lesson, we first did some writing about the students' goals and ambitions for themselves.  I gave them prompts to choose from like, "When I grow up, I will...., I will never...., I always want to....", etc, to help them get started.  While they were writing, I photographed them.  We then looked at Alexandra Grant, Fiona Banner, and Pablo Lehmann; all artists who heavily use text in their work.  

     In their artwork, they were responding to the challenge, "Use your writing and photograph in an artwork using watercolor mediums.".  We used tray watercolors in addition to watercolor crayons and pencils.  We also had lots of mini-lessons and demonstrations along the way in addition to peer critiques.  

     I am so happy with the range of responses the students had in their work!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Leadership Day Displays!

We just hosted our first Leadership Day as an official Leader in Me School!  We had over 80 visitors from surrounding schools to see how we've implemented the Leader in Me program at our school, and it was a huge success!  Our students ran the show and represented our Suffield Elementary family in the most wonderful way.  Here are a few photos from my displays that focus on leadership.

Monday, February 22, 2016

3rd Grade Family Portraits


     We were inspired by the awesome portraits over at Apex Art found here.  For our lesson, we started with looking at the super realistic illustrations of Norman Rockwell.  We also looked at family portraits of some of our staff members and teachers here at Suffield Elementary.  We talked about the way photographers arrange people when they are photographing them.  We talked about balance and overlapping and we also had a few lessons in facial proportioning.  For color, we used multi-cultural markers, regular markers, and watercolor paints.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Relief Sculpture Plates with Under Glazes

     Here are some of our finished relief sculpture plates that I wrote about in-progress here.  We finished them by first painting a thin coat of white glaze on the bisqued plate, then painting under glazes for the color, and then I dipped them into a bucket of clear glaze before the final firing.  This is my spin on the Majolica technique.  The plates can be more functional (lots of kids made cookie plates for Santa) with that solid coat of clear glaze over the whole surface.  You could probably get a similar result with watered down Stroke & Coat glazes instead of using the under glazes.  I would still dip them into clear glaze before doing the final firing. The kids absolutely loved this project and I think it will probably become an annual project!