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Archive for November, 2008

FACE DRAWING and FLIPBOOKS

Kindergarten AM – Ms. Serio

Volunteeers – Beth Burdin w/ Special Guest Conrad Fialkowski

Project Synopsis:

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Two Examples, Eight Faces

Face drawing:

 The students were shown various facial features’ expressions, and how those can communicate different emotions.

 Using pre-drawn head outlines, the kids could sketch any combination of the emotive features they were shown to create their own drawings of expressive faces. 

 We shared and discussed the students’ sketches with the class.

 

Teaching Face Drawing at the Dry Erase Board

Teaching Face Drawing at the Dry Erase Board

Flip books:

 Students then studied pre-assembled flip books to learn how animated cartoons are created.  Small changes are made from one sketch to the next to create action. 

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MATISSE – “THANKFUL TREE”

Thankful Tree

Thankful Tree

Kindergarten AM – Ms. Serio

Volunteeers – Bev Yamashita

Project Synopsis:  

As part of an Art Appreciation Project, the class learned about the painter and artist, Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954).  Throughout his career Matisse used paper models to help him compose his paintings.  

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During the last decade of his life, after two serious operations left him in poor health, he worked more and more with paper cutouts. – something he could do sitting up in bed or in an armchair.  By 1951, he stopped painting and devoted himself exclusively to making large-scale paper cutouts and drawings.

With scissors, Matisse would cut colored papers into beautiful shapes, which he then pinned loosely to the white studio walls, later adjusting, recutting, combining, and recombining them to his satisfaction. The result created beautiful artwork that transcended the boundaries of conventional painting, drawing, and sculpture.  Later, the shapes were glued to large white paper backgrounds for shipping or display.  Henri Matisse produced some 270 paper cutouts in his lifetime. 

During class, each child selected one or more squares of construction paper in fall leaf colors (red, orange, yellow, brown), and proceeded to trace their handprints onto the paper.  On the palm of each handprint, the child wrote their name along with something they were thankful for this holiday season.  Like Matisse, the children proceeded to carefully cut out the handprint shapes, and decorate a large tree (made of brown felt) that was glued to an artist’s canvas board.  The finished artwork was a beautiful abstract presentation of a “Thankful Tree”, with the handprints attached like leaves to the branches.  

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STREET ART


BLU - Mural in Livorno

BLU - Mural in Livorno

 

 
Grade 3 – Ms. Germanier

Volunteers – Mike Ciacciarelli, Adrienne Winner, Alison White

Project Synopsis:

We introduced the children to the concept of street art vs. graffiti.  We talked about how the use of public space for permissible art projects can help beautify a cityscape instead of detract from it.  We looked at a “reverse graffiti” project from San Francisco, the large-scale mural work of Italian artist Blu, and finally we looked at how the Brazilian duo 6EMEIA have been colorizing the sewer drains of Sao Paolo.  To expand upon the idea of “reverse graffiti” the children used scratch tools on black scratch paper to reveal bright colors underneath.  In this way, they showed how there is much color and creativity beneath the layers of pollution and dirt.  As a take-home, they were given simple outlines of a 6EMEIA sewer drain and encouraged to color the space as they would if given the opportunity to paint a sidewalk in Oak Park.

 

 

6EMEIA - Bunny Sewer Drain

6EMEIA - Bunny Sewer Drain

 

6EMEIA - Mouse Sewer Drain

6EMEIA - Mouse Sewer Drain

Supplies:

NOTE:  We used a laptop connected to the Epson projector in the classroom to show examples of street art and play the movies.

 

Examples of Kids' Scratch Art "Reverse" Graffiti

Examples of Reverse Graffiti from Ms. Germanier's Class

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Kindergarten PM – Mr. Jerkatis

Volunteeers – Gina Robbins

Project Synopsis:  

Mr.  Jekatis’ PM Kindergarten class learned about Native American Art and the Native Americans’ respect for the natural world.  We read the book, Giving Thanks:  A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp and then painted pictures on bark paper of items from the natural world for which we are thankful.  We decorated the borders of our paintings with signs and symbols from the Plains tribes.

Instructions:  Paint a picture on bark paper of an aspect of nature for which you are thankful.  Create a border to your painting using Native American symbols.

Supplies

  • Bark or natural fiber paper with 2-inch border drawn in pencil
  • Tempera paints
  • paper cups (to fill with water)
  • small and large brushes
  • handout of Native American designs and symbols
  • pencil

 

Step One

While children are learning about Native American art and traditions, place a sheet of bark paper, a handout of symbols and one small and one large brush at each student’s place.  Place plates with 4-5 colors of tempera paint and cups of water to be shared between students.

 

Step Two

Have the children return to their seats and turn their paper over and write their names on the back.  Have them return their paper to the side that has a penciled border.  Tell them to think of something in nature that they are thankful for. Some examples are:  a tree, a bird, a fish, a lake, etc.

 

Step Three

Have the children pick up their large brushes and begin painting a picture of that one thing in the middle of their papers.  Remind them that if they need to change color, they can use the water to wash their brushes.  Play some traditional music as they work.

 

Step Four

When they have finished painting their nature images, ask them to study the handout of symbols and invite them to decorate their borders with those symbols using their smaller brush and black paint.  As they complete their paintings, record what children have painted on index cards to later be displayed with each painting.

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