Because Dryden has maintained an online digital art gallery for over 11 years we can look back at how each artist has grown over time. The fifth graders are completing their self-portrait paintings drawn in a 3/4 pose. All those that were here in kindergarten can compare their results to their kindergarten self-portrait painting. Those that came to Dryden after kindergarten and were here in 2nd grade can compare their work to their winter self-portrait. I uploaded all the completed comparison images to this gallery on artsonia so students can reflect on their growth through their artist statement.
Kindergarten-VS-5th Grade Edit name by Slidely Slideshow
Oh my! Look at this treasure I found in an old blog post called "As Cute as a Kitten Video" where a group of the current 5th graders are singing the kindergarten song as KINDERGARTENERS as they line up at the end of art class. I suppose this is one of the benefits of keeping the same teacher at the same school for years, she also celebrates the growth of her students.
I love to draw portraits. That's my thing. My most challenging portrait lesson is the 3/4 pose. I designed a step-by-step tutorial for my students to guide them through mapping out the face, measuring the features in proportion to the whole, and creating a contour line drawing of their face turned to the side so only 3/4 show. Download the lesson from tpt here.
Watch the slideshow of presidential portraits to see how artists have painted. Look for their use of value and 3/4 poses.
When we finish our portraits we will take a digital picture of them on our iPads, erase the backgrounds in superimpose and layer them into a magazine template. Here students will get a chance to describe the things they will one day do to make their mark on the world for good.
See this lesson and resources here.
I was digging through my old student project files when I came across a wordle.net project from December of 2008. Wordle was all the craze around then so, I wanted to try it with my 5th grade students. I had them type on a spreadsheet 75 words about them. The first five words were their name repeated since we wanted their name to be the largest word in their word cloud. I prompted them when they ran out of ideas with questions like:
Are you a brother, son, grandson?
What is your favorite after school thing to do?
What is your favorite in school thing to do?
What words would others use to describe you?
What words would you like others to use to describe you?
The project became very reflective. Students had to start digging deep to come up with their other 70 words. I did allow them to repeat a few of the most important words two or three times so the word cloud would emphasize them.
While they were working I pulled them to the green screen (which back then was actually blue roll paper) in the back of the art room to pose for their artistic photo holding a paint brush and wearing a smock.
We combined the word cloud image and the artistic photo using Keynote on the laptops. This was the only tool I had available at the time for masking out the background (using instant alpha) and easily layering images. We used drop shadows and frames as they designed their layout with overlapping.
If I were doing this project today I would have students do every step on the iPad using
1. Notes to brainstorm and write their 75 words
2. Word Cloud to paste in and create their cloud then design their layout
3. Superimpose to layer their images together, mask their photo, and save
I have a tutorial showing how to layer and mask images using the superimpose app here.
The images can also be layered in the latest version of the Green Screen app by DoInk now that you can resize images.
I heard great news today for our Kindergarten artist Aleena. Her self-portrait was chosen from over 750 pieces submitted from art teachers throughout the state of Illinois to be a part of the 2014-15 Illinois Art Education Association Student Art Show. She will be honored at the artist award celebration with the other 39 students who had art selected for this year-long traveling art show.
Our third graders just finished their monochromatic self-portraits in 3/4 poses. As an extension to this project I asked them to create a 6 word poem about themselves. These became their artist statements on Artsonia and the words they would use along with the Wordfoto app to create a new digital piece of art. They turned out beautiful!
See wordfoto gallery on Artsonia and some examples below.
See the original artwork gallery on Artsonia.
Learn more about this project including our Monochromatic Fugleflick here.
Download my handout here.
Sharing images with students for iPad projects can be tricky. I don't want to spend my whole class period teaching students to login to my dropbox, fish through my folders, and risk accidentally deleting or moving something important to find the image they need. So I found a new way to quickly share out images using the dropbox WITHOUT students logging in. It gives me all the flexibility of sharing out images on the fly without and risks. View my tutorial below to see how it works. Don't have Dropbox? Click here.
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View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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