How to Draw in One Point Perspective

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February Art News

3rd Grade is wrapping up their Picasso/Guitar/Weaving unit, and do they love to be guitar heroes! You can see the Picasso video on my site, as well as the weaving video. It is always good to practice art skills at home, so feel free to review how to weave and try something else for a loom. Here are some ideas–

4th grade is almost done with their Design Thinking Unit where we made wallets. Design Thinking, which originated at Stanford’s d-School, involves a design cycle of empathy-define-ideate-prototype-test-revise. Sounds a lot like setting up a Science experiment, right? In our case, we watched a video on IDEO, an innovative design firm. Students sketch-noted about designing a wallet, then made paper prototypes. After picking the best design, they could make their wallets out of fabric or leather (donated), duct tape (students brought in such fun designs), or plasticized paper.

5th graders are finishing their Graphic Novels, using a specific literary tone (Common Core Language Arts State Standard) to guide their art. This unit built upon our knowledge base from sketch-noting about Graphic Design (see video about Sketchnoting here).We started by watching a video from MOCA about Derf, a prominent graphic novelist who just happens to live in NE Ohio! Students spent a good amount of time on their layouts (tutorial on this site) before starting their stories. Students could reinvent classic tales like Sheep in a Jeep, The Lorax, etc. or come up with their own. Some inventive titles include: Kid Owner (a kid owns an NFL team), Frosty the Snowcone, and D-Day (non-fiction). We discussed and viewed some famous graphic novels, as the genre has really exploded in the past decade.
If you are curious about age appropriate graphic novels, here is a meta link list at

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Wacky Woven Guitars (3rd Grade)

Third graders learned about Picasso’s Guitar (the video is on this site), then designed their own cool guitars using poster board, markers, and lots of imagination. Then, we wove on the guitar necks over the course of two class periods, which helps with spatial reasoning, sequencing, and especially, small motor skills.
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Weaving (3rd Grade)

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Picasso’s Guitar

“I have seen what no man has seen before. When Pablo Picasso, leaving aside painting for a moment, was constructing this immense guitar out of sheet metal… Some witnesses, already shocked by the things that they saw covering the walls, and that they refused to call paintings because they were made of oilcloth, wrapping paper, and newspaper, said, pointing a haughty finger at the object of Picasso’s clever pains: “What is it? Does it rest on a pedestal? Does it hang on a wall? What is it, painting or sculpture?’¬†Picasso, dressed in the blue of Parisian artisans, responded in his finest Andalusian voice: ‘It’s nothing, it’s el guitare!’…It is neither this nor that. It is nothing. It’s el guitare!” (Andr√© Salmon, New French Painting, August 9, 1919)

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Laying Out Graphic Novels

Here is a link to making layout templates online, then you can print them out for practice!

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Photoshop: Monsters, Inc.

I created this tutorial using Snapguide:
Check out How to Make a Monster in Photoshop by Lois Girbino on Snapguide.

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Here are several creative animations fifth graders made in Art:

Movie by: Charlie & Matt from L. Girbino on Vimeo.

Brian & Vikas' Movie from L. Girbino on Vimeo.

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Fifth Grade Sculptures

In this choice-based lesson, students created sculptures. Some of the video is sideways.

5thSculptures from L. Girbino on Vimeo.

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Drawing a Radial Design

In fourth grade art, we have been printing radially (around a center point), with linoleum blocks. Now, students get to draw radially.

Radial Art from L. Girbino on Vimeo.

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