The school year is off to a cool start at Leighton Art with third graders learning how to draw “Ninja Eggs”, and 4th/5th graders creating “360 Degree Doodles” the first week of art classes! Then, we dove into our regular schedule and third grade drew in their brand-new sketchbooks and started Flip Books, fourth grade finished their positive space/negative space sketches and are nearly ready to make their Radial Prints, and fifth graders are also doing Radial Art. Here is the flip book video we watched for inspiration in third grade (we are only doing 10 pages though, not hundreds):
The fourth grade prints will be made with collograph blocks. Students might even be inspired to try this readily accessible form of relief printmaking at home–all you need is some cardboard, scissors, glue, and your imagination! “Think “collage” when you think “collagraph” and you’ve got the key to this style of printmaking. A collagraph is a print made from a plate that’s built up from anything you can stick down onto a base of cardboard or wood. (The word comes from the French colle, meaning to stick or glue.) The materials you use to create your collagraph plate create textures and shapes, while how you ink the plate adds tone to the print.
A collagraph can be printed as a relief (inking the top surfaces only) or intaglio (inking the recesses) or a combination. The method you use will influence what you use to create your collagraph as intaglio printing requires far more pressure. If something squashes under pressure, the result can be quite different to what you expected!” (source citation: http://painting.about.com/od/makingartgicleeprints/ss/art-printmaking_4.htm).
Fifth grade radial design required students to find circle diameters, divide fractions with different denominators, and hone ruler measuring skills. Of course, the most famous radial designs can be found in nature (artichokes, sunflowers, nautilus shells, etc.), but the artist most commonly associated with radial art is M.C. Escher. Radial design gives learners a great opportunity to use a little math while they are creating, plus reinforces some key terms used in the Math Core Content. I can’t wait to post some of the beautiful art on our digital gallery, Artsonia.