Friday, April 27, 2012

Mark Rothko: Color + Emotion

How delicious are the colors and compositions of these Mark Rothko inspired chalk pastel drawings!?

To introduce the links between color and emotions, we read the story "My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Seuss". We then made a mental list of all the emotions we had felt during the day (tired when we woke up, excited to be at school, happy hamburgers were for lunch, and so on). Whatever color we felt we drew.

Our next step was to talk about artists who use color to influence emotional responses from a viewer. Enter...Mark Rothko! 

Using chalk pastels on black construction paper we mixed and blended our Rothko inspired works. WOW! I'm still getting goose bumps, they turned out so stunning! I'm so proud!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Wolf Kahn Landscapes

Students were introduced to Wolf Kahn and his color field landscapes using arbitrary color. After discussing horizon line, background, middle ground, and foreground, students began creating chalk pastels landscapes inspired by Kahns work.

Example of Wolf Kahn's work
We did four small 6"x6" drawings in total. First I would show them a large picture of Wolf Kahn's work (see above) and they would create a landscape inspired by it. At the same time they were asked to include background, middle ground, and foreground. Adding details was the final step.

 I encouraged no blue skys and no green grass and showed students how to achieve texture using blending and drawing techniques. Pure exploration of the medium really made this project a joy for me to teach, just allowing them to learn the capabilities of this material.

Our final step with this project will be to create a landcape more details and textures on a larger scale. Still creating a landscape with arbitrary color, but drawing in a more calculated way. Excited to see where they take it!

Amazed with this composition, the colors, and the textures of this work. 

Again the texture and color choices are so delicious to me!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

100th Post & 100 Followers!

WOW! Thanks to all who have been following my blog, stopping by for a comment, and inspire me to continue doing what I've doing for the past couple years. As Art Teachers we are at times so secluded in our specialty we are rarely offered the opportunity to collaborate. This blog was an "experiment" for me to share ideas and be be inspired. I can safely reach a conclusion and say a professionally blog is truly a way to, among other things, remain creative, reflective, and spontaneous as an educator! Thank You again!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Japanese Bento Boxes

A Japanese Bento Box is a container in which a meal is stored for convenient travel. (Bento means "convenient" or "convenience" in Japanese). Typical foods found in bento boxes include rice, fish, noodles, fruits, vegetables, etc. Shapes of boxes vary, and at times the contents are arranged in ways that depict anime, animals, people, characters, etc. If prepared in an elaborate way it could be a symbol of status for the Bento owner.

4th grade students created these Bento box paper sculptures over three class periods. (original inspiration for lesson found here!) 1st they made the box and then after researching common Japanese foods students began to construct items out of paper. Students were required to have three sections (not including chopsticks area) that contain three different foods.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"Snaligator" Kinetic Art

Various forms of Kinetic Art have been taking over my classroom! Kindergarteners will create two projects during their Kinetic Art Unit, the videos posted above show the movement their first works of art make. Using 4 pieces of paper, and four brass pins, my K-1 students easily created these kinetic works of art.

*note: While students were working on coloring their 6"x1" rectangular segments I came around with a hole punch and punched one hole at the end and one hole in the middle of their strips. Unless extremely pointy, brass fasteners stubbornly avoid piercing through the paper without a starter hole.

original lesson idea found here: