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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Animations

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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How to Carve a Linoleum Block

Fourth graders are learning how to print, and the video tutorial on how to carve a block safely is below.

Carving Linoleum Blocks from L. Girbino on Vimeo.

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Late Oct./Nov. News (5th)

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Fifth grade is wrapping up their big Graphic Design Challenge that started with sketchnoting. Then, they had their choice of designing an app logo, a poster for their favorite book, a smartphone case, or a skateboard deck:               … Continue reading

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Late Oct./Nov. News (4th)

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Fourth grade artists are wrapping up their abstract paintings using value:           

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Late Oct./Nov. News (3rd)

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Third Grade Art: Our Tiki Masks are done & going home! (Next up–painting!)

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Talking About Artwork

I found this great article that sums up how we talk about art at school. Making art is a PROCESS, and we usually start with sketches or brainstorming before we move on to “final art.” Even then, I am going around the room–looking and suggesting, asking questions and listening to the answers, taking notes in my planner, and basically, looking for insights into each student’s process, and helping them to realize their art process. These are great things to talk about with your student when they bring their artwork home, so I am adding these talking points below…

What can you tell me about your picture?” This open-ended question is a great way to get kids talking about their art. It is especially good if you are not sure what the picture is. Nothing worse than saying, “What a lovely horse!” only to have the artist tell you that it is supposed to be a dog.

How did you get the idea for this picture?” By explaining the inspiration, the young artist recognizes his/her own creative spark and makes the connection from real-life events to artistic creation

What do you like about your picture?” Encourages the young artist to look carefully at his art and make a judgment. More importantly, this question teaches your child to value his own internal validation rather than performing in hopes of gaining the approval of others.

What title would you give this work?” Titles can offer a new dimension to a piece of art. Also, a title encourages your child to think about the main idea or concept of her work.

How were you feeling when you made this picture?” Connecting emotions with creative expression transfers to other content areas, including Language Arts.

If you could make this picture again, what would you do differently?” Professional artists often make many versions of the same picture, trying new things, tweaking, experimenting. Encourage your young artist to do the same.

source: http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2009/09/8-questions-to-ask-children-about-their.html

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