Third grade artists completed the first part of their cartooning unit, “Art Dogs” We talked about building our pictures by using the “simple shapes” (square, rectangle circle, oval, triangle), which is a great tool to build confidence and accuracy! Our second cartooning exploration is “Zonkey” cartooning, which still uses simple shapes, but adds a fun spin based on the artwork of teacher/illustrator, Ian Sands. You can watch a video of Ian narrating a Zonkey cartoon creation below.
Fourth grade artists completed a big integration with Common Core Writing Standards, creating completed comic books in the Manga/Anime Style. Once again, we built upon our knowledge base of drawing with simple shapes, plus added the concept of drawing using proportions. In general, Anime characters in the “cute” or “Chibi” style are approximately “4 heads high”. I created a reference resource for my students on Pinterest–> https://www.pinterest.com/lgirbino/manga/
Fifth grade artists had a blast creating mobiles using some of the supplies so generously donated by the Aurora division of GE: watercolor paper, watercolors, new paint brushes, oil pastels and armature wire. We learned about the patterned art of Hundertwasser and applied watercolor patterns to the 6 organic shapes that students drew and cut-out as the start of their mobile. Then, students did oil pastel designs on the other side of their shapes. In the final studio class, we used armature wire to do three sets of balanced pairs (working from large to small) and stringing them together with yarn. Our inspiration for the mobiles was Alexander Calder (of course), an engineer who became an artist. Here is a beautiful website about his life and work–> http://www.calder.org/ This beautiful art was all sent home right before break. We are now working on observational drawing skills in our sketchbooks and beginning another CCSS integration for Language Arts–graphic novels!