do it. create. walk and see. cut and paste. scratch and sniff.
do whatever you have to do to feed your soul.
this is my commitment.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

geometry in art

We opened class by exploring two dimensional shapes.  The children printed shapes using blocks, cut out shapes from their own textured paper and created stamps by carving in foam.

We transitioned to watercolor paper.  The children were asked to randomly place dots on their paper with a pencil.  By using a ruler, they connected three dots, creating triangles all over their page.  We used watercolors to bring these creations to life.

We took a break for a snack picnic outside and brought our drawing papers and charcoal.  After our snack, we practiced drawing three dimensional shapes: cubes, pyramids, cylinders, cones and spheres.  This was, by far, the highlight of the day.  The children filled their papers with practice drawings.  This is such an important part of drawing - learning how to practice as well as fill a page (even if there are parts of the drawing the artist doesn't like).

We also took our lesson one step further and discussed shading.  With the bright and sunny day, we were able to look at the trees outside and notice from which direction the sun was shining.  The children chose a direction for the sun to shine on their drawings and practiced shading.

Once their papers were filled, students took their drawing to the streets (or the sidewalk, in this case).

When we returned to the classroom, we looked at a variety of Jennifer Sanchez's work.  We noticed a lot of circles, lines and bold color.  The children used the two dimensional shapes they had created earlier in class and combined them with other printing materials and paint to create a mixed media piece.

For a list of May classes (HAPPY MAY DAY tomorrow!) check out this link.
For Create Everyday Summer ART Camps, click here.

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