The Man of Steel film is full of life lessons in the battle between good and evil, choices, and hope for a better world. One thing that struck me as an art teacher was that the symbol that appears on "Superman's" outfit is not really an "S" as we mere humans would assume, but rather the Kryptonian symbol for hope. This made me ponder an art lesson that asks students, "What superhero powers do you have to make the world a better place and what would your symbol be?". See brainstorm handout below.
Dryden's art program won an ABC/25 grant for materials for a Lego wall. This year we are using our supplies to collaboratively make radially symmetrical designs on our square base plates. We've found that this is not as easy as it sounds. One misplaced block can throw off everything. So, I structured the lesson into a game that ensures everyone takes turns one piece at a time. The 3/4 cardboard shields keep the eyes focused on the design as you rotate the baseplate for each turn. The kids LOVE this activity and seem to want to play/create endlessly. See our finished Lego designs online here or in the display case at school.
I played with the Drawing with Carl app over the weekend after having learned about it from Karyn Keenan in Chicago. Here are her students drawings and audioboos.
I love the function in it that allows you to draw with patterns. It forced me to draw in shapes from the background to the foreground which is very similar to the way we would construct a paper collage.
I think this app would be perfect for creating a Laurel Birch styled abstract cat lesson. Here is what my students created in paint (physically) and here is a quick sketch of what I did in this app below.
The Sketchbook Express app for the iPad is FREE and it does so much!
You can work in layers
You can fill with color
You can paint/draw
You can import picts
You can transform
You can add text
You can add shapes
You can merge layers
You can draw/color with the symmetry tool!
There are so many possibilities for my young artists with the symmetry function (you only have to draw one side of a picture and the other side copies with a mirror of your design). This project below is on my wish list of ideas for this school year. I plan on having my fourth graders make a digital version of the face/vase figure-ground illusion that they created in 3rd grade. We will make it based on a photo of their own profile this time and use these vessels from the google art project to inspire our negative space.
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