My third graders are going to explore the primary & secondary colors, complementary colors, patterns, rotational symmetry, while learning the geometry of a circle in these color wheel paintings. Then they will be compared to op art as students rotate and digitally fall into them using Do Ink drawing and animation app on the iPad.
The kindergarteners learned how to draw their self-portraits after they created a quick pre- sketch. Here they are comparing their finished paintings to their sketch. They used my ERASER method to help find the right placement and size for the eyes and ears. Then we measured against each feature to draw the lips, neck, and shoulders.
Step One: Build a Face
Step Two: Practice Sketch
Step Three: Pin the Feature on the Face
Step Four: Draw the Portrait
Step Five: Color Mixing for Skin
I put out containers of white with squirts of red, blue, and yellow (the primary colors) for students to stir up. We don't get too caught up in our exact shade. Instead we see that we're all made from the same ingredients.
Step Six: Paint everything else
This is the most stressful day of the project. The kids have 1/2 hour to paint HAIR, EYES, LIPS, and the SHIRT. We have to wash and dry our brush between each step, try hard not to drip all over the portrait, and understand where to paint as we paint.
This is the day that makes or breaks the lesson. HINT- Don't do this step the day before Spring Break (like I did once UGH!)
Step Seven: Black Marker
For this step, I DRAW-then THEY DRAW. I want to guide them through each step of the portrait to help them think and make thoughtful decision. I draw digitally so that I can show them what NOT to do. Then I hit UNDO and ask them if they can do that with their permanent black markers. That helps them slow down and avoid mistakes as they work. Sometimes we watch our superhero BLACK MARKER video for before we begin.
Step Eight: Cut out
You would think this would be a very straight forward step, but kindergarteners have a way of surprising you. I've seen them follow black lines into the interior of the portrait and cut off ears, shoulders, and even heads. So, I give them a pep talk before we cut to try to help them focus on cutting away the WHITE paper. I pretend to cut the wrong lines and ask them what would happen? This prevents lots of mistakes. If all goes well, they may even have time to look at their before sketch next to (after instruction) art.
Finished Portraits on Artsonia
Digital Extension: Chatterpix
The Plan: Speak through our Art
The kindergarteners have already started learning the Kindergarten song with their music teacher. So, we sang it again together using my audio recording and my visual lyrics sheet. These are both available for download on TpT here.
The plan was to download their portraits from the dropbox, load it into chatterpix, draw the line between their lips, and speak one part of the Kindergarten song.
The Results: Super Cuteness
A few nerves and recording issues slowed down the process. So, the 10 minutes in each class remaining after setting up the portrait wasn't enough to record the whole song. However we have this super cute video to show for ourselves. Thank you to Mrs. Beane for lending another set of hands and helping to troubleshoot our time issue.
Here is the second verse sang by K-4 to our visitor from Oklahoma.
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
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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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