Sometimes, the Art room is a crazy, energized chaotic place. Those are the days when I fall into bed an hour early and smile to myself on a job well-done. Being a type A personality, letting go takes a lot of effort on my part. It's really ok if I let the students take on more responsiblity and some of the work load. It may take longer and be a little less than perfect, but bigger lessons are learned. Yet another reason to support arts in our schools.
With the study of Pop artists Andy Warhol and Georgia's own Jasper Johns, students brainstormed "ordinary" subjects for a printing project. Designs were planned to scale with thumbnail sketches. Students soon discovered that the mirror image of a print could be tricky especially if letters or numbers were used.
The final projects will include a series of four signed and numbered prints. Enjoy some examples of works in progress.
This project started out with a kindergarten class and was worked on over the next couple of days by at least one class from each grade through 5th grade. It was inspiring to see how every student added his/her own touch to make a great project that all could share in the pride of ownership. This was not my original but was found online, although I do not have to location at this time.
After the kindergarten student drew the fish shapes,
my student teacher and I cut out the fish using
an Exacto and self-healing mat.
First graders added base colors using
large brushes and tempera paints.
Second graders used the same paints and
different sized brushes to added details.
Third Graders added smaller details using cotton swabs.
I cut notches at the top and bottom for weaving and
then fourth graders helped me brush on Mod Podge sealer.
(Next time I'll cut after the sealer is dry because
some of the notches were glued shut.)
Fourth graders added the simple wrap-around weaving
in 2 different colors.I had predrilled holes in the fish
and in the bottle caps to make and attach the
eyes with beads and pipe cleaners.
Fifth graders added the fins, tails, and other finishing
touches with raffia, permanent markers, laminating film,