Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Complimentary Color Tessellations

I keep looking for ways to incorporate art history and math into my program. When I found this video online I knew my students would love this project.

We started with four inch by four inch squares of card stock. I find that card stock is great for stencil making and then we followed the instructions on the video. I stopped it to answer questions and show them my example.

 That took one class period. The next day students traced their handmade tessellations onto a large piece of white paper  (This also one class period).

As a class we talked about complimentary color pairs while looking at the color wheel. We talked about sports teams that used pairs on their uniforms (this is a great hook).

I had student group up with the complimentary color pair they they chose, this saved on wasted paint and allowed for group work. Each group painted with one color at first. I did not let them pour both colors because it would have wasted so much paint.

After every other shape had been painted (we use a checker board as an example). They were allowed to use the other color.

These tessellations were a great way to talk about complimentary color pairs and incorporate a bit of art history. We talked about how M.C Escher and how he had to incorporate geometry into his planning of his tessellations.

How do you incorporate Math into your program?

Monday, March 23, 2015

What Have You Been Doing For Youth Art Month?

Phew. March has been a busy month, and it has been flying by. Here is a breakdown of what we have been doing for Youth Art Month.

Beginning of March, the Hiddenite Center hosted a Youth Art Month Art Show, and our students did amazing. Here were some highlights of their work.

Later this month I had the opportunity to attend the General Assembly's Art Show, with State Legislators and students whose work had been selected for a year long exhibit. One of my eighth graders had her work displayed there (pardon my pale legs, and arms, and face)!

Lastly, our friends at the Dugout, let us use their comic book store as a makeshift art gallery for student's work. They rock! 

 Have you been doing anything for Youth Art Month? I would love to hear about it!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Danny Haas Revisited

The Danny Haas project is one of my most popular posts, and I think it's one of the most popular projects I do with my kids. Last nine weeks I took a break from this project and tried some new ones, but came back to it this grading period.

I changed a couple things this time. Students used colored pencils. I found that the permanent markers were drying out really fast and kids were getting frustrated... The colored pencils also gave students a chance to color in one direction and work on their craftsmanship. After students colored their six by six boxes they outlined lines with a thin black marker. This made the image pop out a little bit more.

I also wanted to create a literary component to this project, to help prepare students for the end of the year tests. Josh and I looked at how Marvel and DC describe their Super hero and villains and we saw the rating system. I created something a bit similar.

Students had to check how strong, smart and fast their character was, they seemed to enjoy that.

The student's images were fantastic! The detail and quality as a whole amazed me!  They still had to create a symmetrical emblem and include a complimentary color pair in their work. If you would like to read more about this project click here and here.

Josh and I are headed to Raleigh to celebrate Youth Art Month with one of my students whose work is now in a year long exhibit at the General Assembly. I am so excited!!

Happy Monday,


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