Dec./Jan. Art News

HI! We have been busy, busy at Leighton Art. Third grade three dimensional paper sculptures of soup cans (based on the Pop Art soup cans of Andy Warhol) came out really cool, and a large selection can be seen at our digital gallery on Artsonia. We also learned how to cartoon using simple shapes (circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle) “Zonkey Style”, then did two sketches, leading to one completed watercolor cartoon. You can see a quick “Zonkey Zebra” tutorial HERE–>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6Xv9jKGtWY&feature=youtu.be. In fourth grade, we moved onto “The Wallet Project” based on Stanford University’s “Design Thinking” curriculum, and I really focused the concept with mindmaps being part of the project (a quarter of the grade, knowing that many of the fourth grade teachers have students do mindmaps as a form of note-taking). We also finished “flutter books” and are going to use them as the pages for our Anime/Manga cartooning unit. As far as that unit goes, many students are already familiar with Manga, so we are comparing the cartoon-y/cute style to the more realistic style. We have storyboarded our cartoon ideas first using the plot mountain, and are currently starting to draw the cartoon panels. Fifth grade artists seemed so good at 3D thinking this year (after slot shelters), that we squeezed in a two-point perspective drawing project (treehouses in watercolor and tempera) AND students are using Trimble SketchUp (formerly known as Google SketchUp) to design a bus shelter (this is CAD, but at a level students can work with). The Art Club is designing sprites for the Scratch programmers, using Illustrator and Bamboo tablets. It is all being facilitated online via the Edmodo platform. I love hearing pings on my iPad at home, as push notifications come in–students working together, online, outside of the school day! I highly recommend looking into MIT’s Scratch–it is a free download—> http://scratch.mit.edu/. Here is a screenshot of two of our sprites I recently uploaded:

The Wallet Project


The Wallet Project

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