What To Do This Summer? Make Art!

Once again, many cool websites to make art without downloads (screenshot below) at
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Dense Doodle Mania: 3rd Grade

Third grade students ended the year with three separate drawings based on the coloring book art of Peter Deligdisch.
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We watched several videos of Peter drawing his detailed coloring book art, including great exercises to overcome artist’s block (even I get that sometimes). You may have heard of “line/circle” or “PorP” (parallel or perpendicular lines) from your student—those were the two video exercises.

Students did their drawings on three different colors of paper in pencil first, then went over it in marker. Besides reinforcing concentration and small motor skills, making interesting lines is the basis of all drawing (that and “simple shapes”, the building blocks of drawing realistically).

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Art Club Props a Hit at Miller Musical

art 001The theme was “patriotic” and Leighton Art Club was tasked with painting historical landmarks for the Miller Musical, under the direction of Ms. Jones. The musical was a giant hit, and shown above are just two of the beautiful pictures our talented fifth grade Art Club painted.

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Genius Hour: Fifth Grade

What is “Genius Hour”? Well, the concept is based on the Google corporate principle of letting their employees investigate their own interests 20% of work time.

In Art, students could choose an art-based “Big Question” to explore, such as “How do I draw a realistic dragon?” or “How can I construct a chair?” Alternatively, students could chose an “anchor artist” based on a Thrively strength they identified using an online questionnaire in Media . Finally, students could visually answer a “Wonderwall” question (created in Media) via an accordion book. Sample “wonder” questions include “I wonder why tree branches are brown?” and “I wonder how Steph Curry got so good at basketball?”

As the culminating, choice-based project of their Leighton Art curriculum, students had ample time to research, brainstorm, sketch, and create. This unit started in mid-April and runs through to the end of the semester with a presentation week.

There are so many different projects going on–Lego stop motions, optical illusion painting, papier mache masks, even “soundsuits” created with odds and ends. Genius Hour has been a very fun way to end the fifth grade art year!

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Global Day of Design: Fourth Grade

Students have been working on a collaborative project based on the Global Day of Design,with the goal of creating/designing/building. Students worked on their projects in both Media and Art, in one of three categories: rollercoasters, mini-golf course, or board games. Students had specific design parameters to follow and co-edited the documents they needed with GoogleDocs on Chromebooks.

After each class completes their projects, they present their pieces to the class for feedback. The wide variety of approaches to designing a rollercoaster for a marble or a golf hole following a theme is amazing! The board games also have a tremendous variety of approaches. This unit is a Problem-Based Learning initiative, empowering students with voice and choice.
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Annual Art Show

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The first five pictures are from the high school (plus the altered book sculpture). The rest are all LES, grades third, fourth, and fifth!

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Graphic Novels

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Fifth graders learned about literary tone (Common Core Language Arts), and applied a tone to either an existing story, or their own. It took me awhile to photograph these, but it was worth the wait!                         … Continue reading

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Drawing Hands (Sketchbook)

DrawingHands from L. Girbino on Vimeo.

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Where To Buy Art Supplies

This comes up a lot, which makes me very happy! I get almost all of my supplies from Blick (also known as Utrecht). The closest store is on Coventry in Cleveland Heights, but they have a great online store with fabulous service: http://www.dickblick.com/

Utrecht has their own website, too: https://www.utrechtart.com/
Smaller stores, with less selection of fine art supplies include the chains, Pat Catan’s & Michaels.

Other online resources include: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/

Have fun making art—all you really need is your IMAGINATION!

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3rd Grade: Drawing A face

Note: this video does not have sound–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfosxuah1uk

1) Draw an oval first
2) Divide the oval in half vertically and horizontally.
3) Your eyes go on the middle line. One eye width in between your eyes, one eye width on each side of your eyes.
4) Your nose is half way between your eyes & mouth.
5) Your mouth is halfway between your nose and chin.

“Draw light until you get it right!”


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