This past Saturday, artists from all levels at Episcopal Collegiate joined forces to create sidewalk chalk art for the Thea Foundation's annual Thea Paves the Way. We had such a fun day working together to make the sidewalks in front of Clinton Presidential Library beautiful.
I love to add great books to my curriculum, they can provide such inspiration for the budding artists (and art teachers!). One of my favorite books is "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. "The Dot" has a wonderful message that encourages artists of all abilities to "Just make a mark and see where it takes you!". I'm not the only person who thinks this is a great book. So many people thought it was great that they created International Dot Day! On September 15th-ish students and teachers all over the world read and celebrate this book. In honor of this, all grades created fun Dot Day projects and we displayed some of them in the main hallway to help celebrate!
1st Grade-3D Line Dots
First grade learned about the different types of lines and used those lines to create 3-D dots.
2nd Grade-Kandinsky Layered Paper Dots
Second grade learned about Wassily Kandinsky and viewed his "Color Study-Squares and Concentric Circles". We then used construction paper in various colors to create our own version. Each student created one square and we put all of the second grade squares together to create one beautiful artwork!
3rd grade-Radial Balance Coffee Filters
Third grade created a design on a folded coffee filter with markers, then sprayed the filter with water. The water caused the marker to bleed through the filter and create the design on all sections of the filter. They had a lot of fun with seeing what would happen when they added the water to their designs!
4th grade-Radial Designs Paper Dots
Fourth grade discussed the difference between linear balance and radial balance before learning 3 different types of folds to create for their designs. I love that some students created their own folds and used them in their designs.
5th Grade-Light Painting Dots
Fifth grade took some inspiration from Pablo Picasso and his light paintings for their Dot Day project. We set up the camera on a tripod, put on a slllooooowww shutter speed, then went to town making dots with flashlights and glow sticks. It was such a fun experiment in photography! I think we might have to revisit this later in the year.
We hit the ground running here in Ms.McSpadden's upstairs art room! All of my classes, first through fifth, learned about portraits and self-portraits. We discussed the differences and why someone may want to paint portraits. Then, we learned how to draw a portrait in our sketchbooks. The students then got to draw their own self-portrait on a 3" x 3" square of paper. There was a catch though! We could only use the color assigned to your table, plus black. So we were making a mono-chromatic, or one-color, self-portrait. I taped them all together into one big picture and I love the way all the different faces look together. They did such a fantastic job!