I am literally obsessed with Takashi Murakami’s Art. I was blessed to have the opportunity to visit his Art exhibition in Hong Kong 🇭🇰 My students have also become slightly obsessed thanks to me. 🤫😬 Every time they see his artwork they can’t wait to come to me with pictures or to share their Murakami sightings 😍
An interactive Jungle of Animals.
The pictures do not do it justice. This by far is one of my favorite Art show themes. The students loved seeing their Art projects come to life.
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Grade 5 & 6 learned about American artist Claes Oldenburg and his contributions to the Pop Art movement. They researched American foods and created clay sculptures.
They look good enough to eat 😋
My Grade 2’s absolutely loved drawing these enlarged flower 🌺 🌸 bouquets.
This lesson comes from one of my amazing art teacher friends Cassie Stephens~ you can find more of her projects on her blog cassiestephens.blogspot.com
Students learned about American artist Wayne Thiebaud and his contribution to the Pop Art movement. Students created paper mache donuts inspired by the paintings of Thiebaud. Then students did a observational drawing of their donut. As a pre- assessment Students were not given any direction on their drawing, simply to draw what they see.
Later I demonstrated how to draw a still life using appropriate perspective and proportion and guided the students through their drawing. Students developed skills in blending and shading using oil pastels. Students were amazed by their drawing and how much their artistic skills progressed. Students were then asked to reflect on the project and their progression.
This is one of my favorites! My Grade 4 students learned all about Frida Kahlo and her brilliant self portraits. This was a multi-media lesson beginning with a guided demonstration on how to draw Frida. Students used oil pastels and watercolors to design their portraits and background. Lastly students created tissue paper flowers for her crown.
My Grade 1 students had fun choosing funny animals to represent Frida. They used sponge paint to design a textured frame. Students created tissue paper flowers to add actual texture and black felt for Frida’s infamous unibrow.
I must say I’m obsessed with the outcome and the amazing artwork of my little artists.🎨💓
After discussing the history of Native Americans and their art, totem poles, tee-pees, dream catchers and watching a quick introduction video, we began our projects.
1st Grade Tee-Pee Project: Involved lines, shapes, foreground, middle ground, and background. They first used crayons to draw different lines on manila paper. Then they painted white paper using brown for foreground, red for middle ground, and blue for background. Next they drew a triangle on the back of their lined paper and cut it out. Then glued their triangle to their painting with the lines facing up. Then I gave them two Popsicle sticks to glue to the top of their Tee-pees.
4th Grade Dream Catchers: We used paper plates. I gave them reference sheets of native american symbols and we went over what they meant. They designed the rim of the plates with native american symbols and designs. Then they cut out the center of the plate and I had them use watercolors to paint the front and back of plate. Next I used a whole puncher to make holes around the inside of the plate and gave them weaving instructions and yarn. Once they were done weaving we added feathers and a loop of yarn to the top for hanging.
Through this lesson, students will learn about Native Americans from the northwest. Students will study the culture and artwork of these native people. The idea of stylizing artwork will also be addressed as students work together to make a two dimensional version of a totem pole. Finally, students will learn about symbolism and what various animals mean to the Native Americans of the northwest.
- Boys- Students will choose one animal and draw it using native totem pole references.
- Girls- Students will work with others at their table in order to create a totem pole.
- Students will choose an animal that symbolizes their family or personality.
My second grade did this line project using the crayon resist technique. I painted the boards with the thick black lines and each team of students was given a board to use crayons to draw “The Lines of Design” (some were using color pencils) on the white space. Once the boards were all filled with lines. They used watercolor to paint the boards and watch their lines pop through the paint like magic. I then put all the boards together to create a mural for the Art Exhibition.
I first read my 1st graders “The Straight Line Wonder”.
I have them act out the book with movement using their bodies as if they were lines, they LOVE it! After reviewing all the famous lines, they are given black tempera paint to draw the lines.
On day two once their lines have dried, they are given watercolors to paint each section in between the lines.
On day three they get to make their monsters cutting out eyes, mouth, teeth, legs, arms, etc.
I then created the huge “Line Monster” out of their work for the Art Exhibition.