My second graders made a very realistic portrait of George Washington earlier this school year. As a follow up on that project, they explored abstract portraits inspired by Pablo Picasso. They built them from scraps of cardboard, foam core, flat wood pieces, and puzzle pieces. Download the lesson on tpt to lead student through all the steps.
4th graders are finishing up their monochromatic self-portrait paintings drawn in a 3/4 pose. Student studied their faces and features in mirrors, measured, and revised their work. Their sketches were so amazing that we photographed them for Artsonia too.
Below is the front page of a handout I created for the students. We used a shade (color mixed with black) to paint shadows. We used the base color (straight from the bottle) for the rest of the skin. We used a tint (color mixed with white) for the background. The hair and shirt were painted with a neutral (color mixed with black & white). We layered tints and shades on the hair with brush strokes that enhanced the direction and texture of hair. We layered a pattern with the base color on the shirt.
One of the biggest struggles for young artists is to draw their own hair and clothing in a convincing way. This side of the handout showed some examples to get them started.
All students went step by step through the drawing. We mapped out the face, measured, and studied our features in the mirror. This ppt lesson helps students problem-solve.
To help students prepare for their self-portrait before we move to the good paper, we practice drawing all the features of our face using the handout I designed below. I like to put the handout in my iPevo interactive software and use the interactive board to draw. Students can come up to the board and give it a try too.
Monochromatic uses the lyrics of this original song to explain the meaning of the word. The visuals are full of hints as to what monochromatic means as well.
Black Marker (super silly) is a favorite movie demonstrating how a black marker line can cover sloppy edges in paintings and bring back all the details into focus.
Digital Extension: Triptych
Since students were randomly given their color pallet for their portrait, this digital extension will give them a chance to see what their portrait would have looked like in a different color. They will use the brushes app on the iPad to shift the hue twice. Then they will put the original and two new versions together in Pic Collage as a triptych.
I've taught this before in the old iOS using an old app that is no longer supported. So, I reconfigured the lesson a bit. View the old post here.
Student results: go to gallery on Artsonia
5th graders will be dynamically demonstrating the concept of movement over their paintings about movement through the magic of stop motion animation and green screen. Here is the post about this lesson from when we first tried it. One big difference this time around is that we have 6 Dewey iPad stands (thanks to an ABC/25 grant) that gives us lift and stability.
Step One: Painting about Movement
Click here to view their gallery of finished art on Artsonia.
You can download this lesson (step by step ppt) from TPT here.
Step Two: Green Screen Stop Motion
I put together a guide for setting up this lesson and a step by step powerpoint for creating the figure painting here:
Download the green screen stop motion lesson from TpT here.
You can also download the figure drawing painting ppt lesson from TpT here.
Step Three: Layer image and video
HINT: Here is what it looked like in 2014 when the 4th graders gave this a try.
Student Results: 2018 5th graders
In 2014 my students collaboratively built a lego mural out of a series of portraits in honor of Black History Month. I have apost about it here. I even put a post together explaining how I organized it and created the resources here.
I have a plan to try another Black History Lego Mural again this year. I really like the format I created where each portrait fits on 6 base plates. This mean I can have an entire class work on one portrait (one part per table). They can see how their small group collaboration feeds into a all class collaboration as the base plates are finished and pieced together. The lesson is not about creativity since they just follow a printed 1:1 scale guide, however it does require patience, collaborative strategies, counting, reading a grid, accuracy, and some problem-solving when lego pieces/sizes become scarce.
New Plan: Emphasizes History
The first time I designed the lego wall project I was scrambling, guessing, and making quick decisions to fit my time constraints. Now that I know that we have enough legos, and what my students capable of (2nd-5th graders do this lesson well) I am going to try to make sure the HISTORY part is emphasized as much as the art making. This new plan will include abolitionists, civil rights activists, a mathematician, and a scientist. Students will watch a video biography for each of the 6 figures from black history to learn more about their contributions and the challenges they faced in their lives.
Resources: Download from TpT
I packaged the resources for two of the murals above. You can download them with instructions, examples, and printable lego guide sheets. MLKJr and Harriet Tubman
Students drew their Lima Bean monster on paper, traced it with black marker in the photos below. Next they will try to paint with color balance neatly and completely.
Students were inspired by the story, Lima Bean Monster by Dan Yaccarino.
We also enjoyed the song, Veggie Rock Song Fizzy's Lunch Lab on PBSkids.
We used the handouts in our Lima Bean Monster Packet to get ideas for Eyes, Noses, Mouths, expressive eyebrows, and teeth. Students each made their own choices and drew as big and expressively as possible. I also printed out these examples for each student.
Results: Finished paintings on Artsonia
First graders are posing with their favorite vegetable in front of green screen so they can become the body of their lima bean monster. These photos will be combined with their artwork to help make an EAT YOUR VEGGIES poster.
EAT YOUR VEGGIES POSTERS
First graders had their first iPad creation experience this year by combining their lima bean monster (with body) and a background with text. They downloaded the files from dropbox, imported them into the superimpose app, resized and placed their figure, added a drop shadow, saved, uploaded the finished graphic design to the correct folder in dropbox and renamed it. (whew!)
1-1 Class Movie
1-2 Class Movie
1-3 Class Movie
1st Grade Multi-Age
This 2nd grade lesson introduces students to the artwork of Keith Haring. He made colorful painting with figures in action poses. I use this artwork to teach very basic figure drawing, complementary colors, primaries and secondary colors, action/ movement, positive/negative space, line pattern, and shape pattern. We begin by drawing poses using the help of a template students cut out and assemble by themselves. This template allows them to play with poses then trace the ones they like. Download the template.
Student Work: see gallery here
When students finished their paintings, they looked at them through 3-D glasses to see if the complementary colors made the actions poses even more vibrant.
Finished stop motion animations:
The fifth graders from 5-1 used the second graders' step up one day and made this:
Digital Extension: Create it digitally
Digital Warm Up Drawing:
Digital Extension: Make and Move
Students can use the template over a piece of construction paper and animate the figure against a complementary color background to demonstrate movement dynamically. I use the free app iMotion HD and have student make a short video. 30 images makes a 2 second video at 15 frames per second. I collect the individual videos for one class video.
This science and art lesson designed for 1st graders teaches:
The lesson (a step-by-step powerpoint) is available for download on TpT. Here is a link. You can also view students' finished examples from our online art gallery on Artsonia here. Here is a post from Mrs. Gutterman using Henri Matisse's Goldfish painting as inspiration.
Optional books for a literacy connection:
And here is our Monochromatic Fugleflick to quickly introduce to your students the concept of a one-color painting with tints and shades to create contrast:
Variation on this Lesson (Rainbow Fish):
Instead of using a monochromatic paint palette, students could use a combination of metallic paints and paint markers to make their fish much like Rainbow Fish. View the gallery of first grade fish paintings here.
Add the correct terms for the parts of the fish to reinforce vocabulary and science concepts. Use this sheet as a reference.
After the first graders made their fish paintings we erased the backgrounds and saved them as PNG (to retain the transparency of their backgrounds). Then students put them in the DoInk Animation app to make them swim.
Fugleflick to introduce Contour Line Drawing:
Take a digital image of the finished artwork and have students add an artist statement using an app like Phonto if on an iPad or Keynote if using a laptop.
I have done a presentation called Creative Digital Projects that turn Stem to STEAM at three conferences over the past couple of years. These 45-50 minute presentations include a bizillion ideas in a media packed keynote file that I have trouble sharing online. However I did create a condensed version of the presentation for the AOE Online Conference last summer. The presentation has been behind a pay wall for one year and can finally come out for public consumption now. The following lessons are shared in the video below. Learn more from my links. Also, see Wes Fryer's review of my live presentation at the Illinois Computer Educator's Conference here.
Not Christina's World Anymore
(art, writing, Photography, technology)
Blog post of resources
Download lesson plan
Tip: Use the Superimpose app to eliminate the green screen. See my tutorial.
The Digital Scream
(art, storytelling, photography, drama, technology)
Blog post of resources
Students' painted examples
Students' digital examples
Spooky Scream video
Download your custom
photo booth-your face in the scream
Tip: Use the Superimpose app to eliminate the green screen. See my tutorial.
Cat in a Hat-ify Yourself
(Reading, Dr. Seuss, graphic design, technology)
Custom Photo Booth Effect to Cat-in-a-Hat-ify yourself
Directions and resources for iPad Bookmarks
Cat-in-a-hat-ified Book Covers
Cat in a Hat-ified Art Project
Students' Cat in a Hat Art on PBS TV
American Gothic Spoof
(storytelling, great depression, juxtapose, spoof)
Interactive American Gothic lesson and tutorial
Blog post with lesson resources
American Gothic Spoof (edited SNL skit)
American Gothic Spoof-o-matic resources
Student American Gothic Spoof examples
Download the American Gothic Custom Photo Booth FX
(writing, graphic design, technology)
Resources for making these on iPads
Students' iPad examples
Student examples made on using photoshop and keynote
6 Words About Me
(writing, poetry, technology)
Blog post with resources
Monochromatic Painting Blog post
Download the 3/4 portrait PPT lesson
Monochromatic Fugleflick (music video to teach concept)
Tech w/ George Washington
Blog post with resources
Even more fun with George and Tech
Facing the facts: history and art
Download my PPT lesson plan
(character education, graphic design, drama)
iPad directions and resources with video tutorial
Keynote directions and resources with video tutorial
Download the art/character education lesson
Eat Your Veggies
(healthy choices, acting, technology, literacy)
Blog post with resources and tutorial video
Eat Your Veggies video
Download my Digital Lima Bean Monster lesson
Download our interactive Lima Bean Monster eBook
Surreal Healthy Choices
(graphic design, healthy choices, surrealism)
Blog post with lesson resources and video
Students' digital spoofs of Son of Man
Students' painted Son of Man portraits
Supplement with Connect a Concept game where students use their social skills and knowledge of art concepts to make connections
(animation, figure drawing, technology, storytelling)
(screenshots from movie)
Class movies of Alien Invasions
Original lesson blog post with resources and tutorial
Download my lesson plan here
Notes from my Rotoscoping project
Our very silent movie
View our (cute) Fugleflick about contour line drawing
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
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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