4th graders are working on drawing their self-portrait in a 3/4 pose, tracing it three times into a triptych, then using monochromatic palettes with tints & shades to paint.
First graders are learning the parts of fish as they designed their own. Then they randomly chose a monochromatic color to paint it. Students mixed to make tints and shades to add contrast to their fish. When the paint was dry, students traced the fish and added scales as visual texture. See the GALLERY of finished monochromatic fish here.
After 1st graders finish making their monochromatic fish paintings I have a new idea for them. We will learn to draw shapes into forms, create an interior space, fill it with pattern, and balance it with color using THE GOLDFISH, by Henri Matisse as inspiration. The fishbowl, however, will be empty at first.
Below is a slideshow that leads students through the steps for drawing where they will turn a circle into a fishbowl, make an oval table, design a corner of the room, and use color and pattern in the style of Henri Matisse.
1st graders are finishing up their monochromatic heart paintings. This project introduces positive and negative space, mixing a tint, etching a line design, and printing a border. They also do some teeny tiny touch ups to make their final results clean and crisp.
Below you can see the line etching step. Students used a wooden stylus to gently scratch a line design into the wet paint. They painted a little then etched a little so the paint would be wet when they etched it.
After painting the negative space of one heart and the positive space of the other, students mixed a tint of their one color by mixing white into it. They learned about tints and other aspects of color with this brainpop jr video. We watched our Monochromatic Fugleflick too. We had fun playing the color matching game on our interactive board at the end of class too. Find it here.
Download the whole lesson here.
See the gallery of finished art here
I was asked to do an iPad workshop for the art teachers of District 47 in Crystal Lake today. I was able to show them a bunch of creative ways to make art with their students digitally to explore concepts differently and demonstrate understanding dynamically. (The numbers on the sheet refer to my 175 STEAM art ideas found here.)
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.
Third graders worked on a Blue Dog image in the style of George Rodrigue. These dogs were painted in a monochromatic color scheme (view our monochromatic Fugleflick to learn what this means). Then the backgrounds were painted with color, line, and shape pattern balanced from left to right. View the growing gallery of images here.
When we were all finished in class we went on a dog show and viewed everyone's work through 3-D glasses to see if the pattern "popped".
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