Third grade artists learned how to use “simple shapes” (circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle) in drawing dragons and unicorns. Then, we moved onto watercolor techniques, focusing on value (layering of color, controlling the strength of the color with how much water is added). Now, in December, students are completing their watercolors and moving on to adding colored pencil on top.
Fourth grade artists learned about the “Pop Art” style, and viewed pictures from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s “Infinity Mirrors: Kusama” exhibit. We discussed the traits of Pop Art before students created sketches in that style for their acrylic paintings. We are carefully layering the paintings, working from large areas to medium areas to details, and will wrap-up the painting unit before break.
Fifth grade artists viewed and discussed the art of Ecuador, which is an integration with the fifth grade unit on the Inca and Mayans. Students sketched their choice of nature motifs or landscape subject, which are the predominant themes in art from Ecuador. Fifth grade is also exploring creating value with paint, using acrylic paint for their pieces. After the painting unit ends, students will collaborate on a brochure about Ecuador after instruction on graphic design principles. The paintings will be completed before break. The brochures will be completed after break, with students choosing to work on Chromebooks or offline.
The graphic tutorials can be viewed at my Google Site (see posting below).