reading & writing with art

August 19, 2013

What is ART to you? Primary Colors along with ART & MAX!


Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max's first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media, which turn out to have unexpected pitfalls. Although Max is inexperienced, he's courageous and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart.
Back to school art lesson with Art & Max!  Love David Wiesner's books...always incredible! 
The 2 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS for the class:
What is ART to you?  
Why do we need ART in the world?
We brainstormed at our tables, made a chart with our ideas and watched these 2 you tube clips to add to our discussion.
Why ART Matters   http://youtu.be/GURhG6F6F8w
The next step was to design a coffee filter using only black sharpie with 3 things.
1.  They had to answer the 2 essential questions creatively on their filter w/ black sharpie.
2.  Autograph their piece.
3.  Add designs to show their style.
They shared theirs with their tables and next week we will be painting these.  I really was floored with their thinking, answers and creativity.  Here are a few pieces that are in the process:

4.  We used droppers to drop PRIMARY colors onto our pieces.  They were AMAZED!

We discussed how sometimes you felt like MAX and weren't sure where to start with art, but if you just jump in and start...it always turns out to be something special.

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