It's finally March, and the sun has just started to come out occasionally and warm us all up. What does that mean? It means every kid I know, including my own, have started wearing shorts to school, art class, everywhere! They shiver the whole time but they won't admit it. They won't stop because it's in some way a hopeful kind of magic. If we wear them, the sun will come. So along those lines, I thought I would post this great art project that makes me feel like SUMMER is really on its way.
I told the kids to think of drawing themselves and their friends playing in the sprinklers. Include the hose or the sprinkler! I keep a file on hand entitled "Body In Motion" with photos cut from magazines, books of athletes, and anywhere I can find them. These photos show bodies jumping, leaping, running, squatting, etc. Because drawing bodies is HARD! Sometimes in class when someone is really struggling we convince someone to "strike a pose" and model for us so we can see what it really looks like. But the file helps a lot! Anyway, the object is to show bodies in motion while playing in the sprinkler or the hose. THEN when the pictures are done and colored with colored pencils you get to add the sprinkler water!
Get out your watercolors or watered down tempera paint and splatter, flick, whatever works and make that water get everyone wet! On some of the paintings you can see the artist tried to work with the hose or sprinkler head and define the water's point of origin. This project was so much fun. I took these photos of the finished artwork at the Flowerstone Art Show, so you can see some of the kids won awards for theirs!
It's the month to do something spooky and Halloween related in the art room! I have lots of lesson plans, but wanted to try something different this year. I decided to go with a sculpture project.
I have a coil of very easy to bend copper wire. I thought it would be great for mummy sculptures. Any project using the figure teaches so much about proportions and measurements. You have to consider the structure of something and how it comes together in layers.
WHAT WORKED: My first class didn't use the paper towel step. They only added toweling inside the wire loop head. They had a lot more problems wrapping their mummies than the next class did! The paper towels taped to the wire armature really helped give them something to hold onto and to wrap around without it slipping off. Using the glue gun to tack the end on before wrapping also helped. Use only the lo-temp guns if kids are doing it themselves! Even those can get hot enough to hurt. My second class also had the thought to add google eyes, which were a fun addition. I also had to remind the kids to pull the wrapping snug as they wrapped. If you do it too loose it will unravel and fall off! One last tip: making the arms and legs a little longer will make posing them later a lot easier!
Flowerstone Art School
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