Friday, 31 May 2013
Last week while subbing, one of my classes was working on a project that intertwines art with writing, by using Storybird. If you aren't familiar with Storybird, the idea is that the writing/illustrating process is reversed, with students creating their story based on a collection of illustrations, rather than finding images to fit their story. While some teachers may not like the idea that students don't create their own images, I like Storybird for the fact that it privileges art in the real world, as well as promoting current artists. Students can also move their stories beyond the digital realm and have their finished stories published in physical book form.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
This week I was subbing for a grade 7 art class and was looking for a project that was both simple to do, and which the students could get started on right away. I happened to come across this gem at artisan des arts.
I used standard 8.5x11 photocopy paper, but you really could use any paper. I instructed the students to cover the entire page with doodles-a combination of patterns, drawings, and even words, stressing that they need to have a variety. I had the students use black sharpie to create a nice bold graphic effect. After students had filled the page with their doodles, I had them trace 3 or more circles anywhere on their paper, but you could of course do any shape. The area inside each circle is the only place where the students could add colour, so I explained to the class that they wanted to trace their circles over doodles that would create visual interest. The students then used markers to add colour to their drawings. Not all of the students were able to finish in just one class, but they all created some very cool artworks as you can see below:
This student decided to create more smaller circles by tracing her pencil sharpener.
This student wanted to create more of a complete image, but also included a wonderful pattern with the waves.
This student wanted to try adding colour with pencil crayon. I liked the outlining she did, especially with the green swirls.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Just a quick post to show one of the projects I made in my search for a homemade substitute to clay-in this case model magic. I will be posting the recipe in the near future, but for now enjoy these whimsical lollipops.
I was inspired to create these after seeing a post from The Elementary Art Room! . I didn't have popsicle sticks at the time so instead I used a pencil and a felt marker to create the handles. I would however use a popsicle stick in the future since I had to re-roll my lollipop after the marker end stuck out the back in my first attempt. I also found that the lollipops cracked a little bit when they dried, but this wasn't a big deal since they stayed intact. To colour the lollipops I used my homemade liquid watercolours which gave them a nice soft blended effect.