Friday, May 8, 2015

Britto Inspired 7th Grade Paintings

7th grade students looked at Brazilian artist, Romero Britto's colorful work. They then picked a favorite cartoon, hand drew it on a large paper added a smorgasbord of color,patterns and whala!

I loved how these turned out and students loved their freedom of choice when picking their images!!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Paper Mache Art History Letters

8th grade students have been learning about forms, and working in 3-D. Each student chose an artist whom either had the same first or last initial of their name. Some chose comic book artist or more contemporary artists while others chose more old school fine artists.

Adding in a literacy component, each child wrote a small essay about their artist and sent it to me using Google Docs. We are fortunate to have the computer lab right next to our class.

We used cereal boxes, tape and flour and water for our paper mache recipe.... It worked pretty well. I printed out bubble letter fonts for students to look at while they were drawing their letters. When we ran out of flour we used art paste, students didn't like the consistency as much.

If I do this project again I would love to work with an elementary school and create each letter of the alphabet based on the art history movements and artists.

Do you use paper mache in your class? What is your favorite recipe?


Friday, April 24, 2015

Star Wars Mosaics

My sixth graders have been busy these past two weeks. Since the 22nd was Earth day, I thought it would be great to do a recycled project. I try to incorporate pop culture as much as possible, and now that the new Star Wars is coming out in December, it was the perfect project.  Students and teachers brought in old magazines and we created two Star Wars mosaics. Sixth grade curriculum goes over Pompeii (if you recall the Minion mosaics) so we looked at different mosaics from Italy. Each student had a piece of construction paper and a handful of magazines. I pre drew R2-D2 and Darth Vader and they got to work.

This project took about 2 weeks (we only have about 35 minutes and there were tons of field trip and event interruptions but they worked hard the whole time (save a couple of instances of glue in hair and scissor incidents).

We still have work to do on Darth Vader but we are almost finished! Just in time for May the Fourth!

What have you been making? 


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