This term I wanted to get all my students working in unison on one big collaborative piece. I took some time to decide what it should be and I came across a project that was originally done by a graffiti street artist which was a huge presentation of wings with a space in the middle for people to insert themselves and 'take part' in the art piece. I thought this was a lovely concept and it was also a positive theme that could spawn lots of great conversation about the things that motivate or make my kiddos feel good about themselves :) Of course working together also encourages cooperation and the recognition that pooling your efforts can make a huge task seem a lot more manageable and all that good stuff!
The picture below is the work of the original Nashville artist which is painted on the side of a building for folks on the street to use for their keepsake snapshots!
But of course I couldn't leave it at that... noooooooooo. I tweaked it so there were some of those trusty 'elements of art' concepts that we're always going on about. The element we'll focus on here is VALUE, which basically speaks to the extent of lightness or darkness in a colour or hue.
So for our version of these wings each child created a personalized feather by painting a gradation (moving from dark to light) using the colours found on the colour wheel. Then they added lines and pattern on top of that in white for even more pizzazz!
Take a look at what we've done so far :) Next week the whole project will come together as all the classes have an opportunity to make a feather and we mount them in the hall!
Our wings are finally complete and they are certainly a hit! Can't help but think they kinda look like a Carnival wing/backpack thingy :) Notice that our feathers are laid out in the order of the colour wheel! So now we have a giant colour theory reference right outside our door... a neat side effect of this gorgeous project. Even some of parents had to take a pic with the wings and that's what it's all about!
Yet another fun way to practice the colour wheel! This one involves using pre-drawn circles that have been separated into the colour wheel segments and basic directed line drawing :)
They painted in the colours on the colour wheel, of course mixing the secondary colours as well. The colour wheel became the clown's tummy and they traced a smaller circle above it for the head, drew in arms and legs etc.
The Doodlebugs are great at adding in the details at this point. They drew in facial features, hair, hats, the whole shabang! Then they started putting in coloured squiggles that actually looks a lot like confetti at a circus... They came up with that on their own.
Class was down to just these few Doodlebugs today because we had to move to Friday this week because of the power outage.
It's about time for the Doodlebugs to do a little recap on the colour wheel but of course we have to turn it into a creative little experience. So today they drew an umbrella that we used to demonstrate the colour wheel.
After drawing the umbrella, they drew in either a raincoat dress for girls or a pair of pant legs for the boys and some rain boots. Of course they couldn't wait to start painting and mixing colours... I practically had to withhold the paint until it was painting time so they wouldn't jump ahead!
See how cute they turned out...
See more art like this in our Colour Wheel catergory!
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Warm colours like the sun, cool colours like the sea! Today my Picassos took a look at yet another way that colours can be classified or grouped. We took our minds back to our funky chameleon when we grouped them into primary and secondary colours and today we learned that they can also be divided into warm and cool colours. We looked at this video and then discussed examples of warm and cool colours.
Then I illustrated how we were going to use a drawing of the sun and the moon to highlight warm and cool colours.
Check out the results below!
Thursday Picassos take their turn at our sun and moon art piece ;)
I was looking for a cute fun way to introduce the colour wheel to this group of young eager doodlebugs and I came across this idea on the internet. We talked about the colour wheel... they looked at one and we talked about how all the colours in the world come from just three primary colours... Red, Yellow and Blue! I prepped this lesson into manageable parts so they simply painted in the cute little mouse shapes, we cut them out... stuck them in a circle and drew our cheese in the middle!
Take a look for yourself!
Well at long last it's the first day of art class with my Picassos and we jumped right in! I decided to start the term off with a cute lesson on the colour wheel! We looked at the colour wheel and talked about the different colours... primary, secondary and got a bit into colour schemes. Then we looked at our friend the chameleon...
You have to admit... he's a pretty cool dude. Can you think of a more fun way to demonstrate the different colours on the colour wheel than with this guy? Here's how they turned out.
My second group of Picassos loved this mixing paint exercise... I understand we have a couple aspiring scientists and chemists in the mix so it's no surprise!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)