Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Grade 3 and Facial Proportions

Last week the 3rd graders practiced portraits and drew guidelines to help with the placement of facial features.  Next week we will be working with the portrait mirrors and they will be making a self portrait to put onto a cut out backing that resembles a hand mirror.

Here a couple of finished mirrors from 2 students that were done several years ago.  I think this group of third graders will do just as well.  They seemed to really be interested in the practice we did with the facial guidelines.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Scholastic Art Magazine

I wonder how many art teachers out there are subscribing to Scholastic Art magazine.  I have been getting it for close to 5 years and I never realized what rich resources they keep on-line for teachers to use in the art room.  I really was impressed with the section on the artist biographies too.  I now have access to a smartboard, so I will be making use of some of the projection capabilities of the articles and the bonus video clips about some of the featured artists and techniques.

I recently became aware of this when I went to the website for a different Scholatic magazine called Storyworks.   I was so surprised by the extra activities, informative videos, and the ability to project the magazine articles on the Smartboard that I went straight to the Art magazine section to explore that content too.  I am so glad I checked in on this because I just found a wealth of content for art, that I know I will use all school year. 

I especially like using this art magazine with my 5th and 6th grade classes.
We were informed about Georges Seurat  and his pointillist style when we were working on our Sunday Afternoon mural last February.

We were inspired about the flags and maps when we looked at the work by Jasper Johns in a different issue.
The article helped to create our flag painting on canvas.


Do you find this publication and its on-line resources to be helpful?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 911

Prayers for the families that were affected by the events on 9/11/2001...

We shall never forget

We shall keep this day,

We shall keep the events and the tears

In our minds, our memory and our hearts

and take them with us as we carry on.
We Remember

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Favorite Art Shop

Wet Paint, in St. Paul is a favorite art shop.  I like to visit when I get the chance to be in the area.  Creativity is stacked to the ceiling in here!

I enjoyed shopping here and want to purchase a journal that is made out of a discarded textbook.  The covers are spiral bound and it is filled with a mixture of unique paper!

The other thing on my shopping list is some ink style colored pencils by Dewent.  The colors are more intense than regular watercolor pencils and once dry, they are more permanent.  The larger set that I'd like to purchase has a DVD on technique that I may want to show to the 5th and 6th graders to help them get inspired to use their own sets of watercolor pencil more independently.

Wordless Wednesday