reading & writing with art

April 29, 2013

I SPY - Louise Nevelson inspired 5th grade Assemblages

 If the video will not play in the power point then the video we used about Nevelson in the power point is here:   http://youtu.be/gKtWwyQeG7E 

Our project directions and ideas were inspired by: 
Art idea from:     Bringing Art Home by Maxwell Tielman
**See how we are using the book at the end of the page.
We also watched this you tube link on tips for How to Use Spray Paint at:  http://youtu.be/OH2B2DNJB74

My students began by bringing in random items from home and going on a scavenger hunt at school.  We talked about how the items needed to be 3demensional and light weight.  We looked for items that would draw the eye and be interesting to look at when assembled.  They brought in old game board pieces, cleaned out the kitchen drawer and bottom of the toy box.  It was really cool seeing the variety of pieces they brought in to class and they were so excited to show everyone. 

The next step was to decide which pieces they would use, how they would overlap and arrange.  We went back and looked at Nevelson's assemblages and discussed why she arranged things the way she did.  What made pieces stand out and draw the eye in even though it was painted a solid color.  This really helped in the planning.
Next they hot glued their pieces into box lids then spray painted their box a solid color.  They LOVED using the spray paint!  It was MESSY, but so fun!  I did the project with 80 students and went through 15 cans of spray paint.  So keep that in mind when purchasing paint.
Last we arranged them on the wall.  They look SO COOL!  We have had tons of compliments!  
I took photos of the boxes and we are in the process of creating an I Spy book and posters to display with our boxes.  This way viewers will read and look to be actively engaged in our art.  Pictures to come soon of the book posters. 

April 25, 2013

O'Keeffe Inspired Clay Flowers

 Miss Rumphius is a picture book for children written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney and first published by Viking Books in 1982. It features the life story of fictional Miss Alice Rumphius, a woman who sought a way to make the world more beautiful and found it in planting lupine in the wild.
We did a writing piece that is on the power point below to go with the book and project.  You can alsoWatch the Book You Tube Link:  http://youtu.be/DrjPzbuxLJU
I was inspired by the project from The Crayon Lab @ 
  You can look at our "how to" power point which will be here:

April 24, 2013

More Greek Columns & Self Expression Sculptures

 This was a lesson I started last year and did again with my second graders.  You can look back and see other examples from last year.  You can also use my power point for the Greek Columns from the author stream links below.  Happy Sculpting!  http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/huskeyj72501-1392474-famous-greek-columns-architecture/

April 23, 2013

If you're HOPPY and you know it clap your hands!!

Don't Be a GREEN FROG!- Rainbow After the Rain by Imagine Brothers & The Green Frogs:  A Korean Folktale retold by Yumi Heo - This Korean folktale explains why frogs always cry "Gaegul! Gaegul! Gaegul!" whenever it rains and why--in Korea--"children who don't listen to their mother are called hung-gaeguri or green frogs." Yumi Heo remembers hearing the story of the green frogs when she was a little girl in Korea. Her humorous illustrations suggest swampy, underwater, under-the-microscope images. They were created with oil paint and pencil and are reproduced in full color-- mostly shades of green. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology and Traditional Literature 

The book Rainbow After the Rain is another retelling...but I SO LOVE the illustrations.  There are a couple of examples below.  Notice the background....using famous artist examples as the setting of this book was something my students picked up on right away!  How about that...I actually taught them something they remember!!  
(GMK; Feb 10)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

So HOPPY with how these turned out!  My 4th graders really did a great job on these and they are so proud of them!  Now that we have finished they are doing a writing piece on why it is important to obey their parents!  Love the little life lesson from this book!

April 15, 2013

Salvador Dali, Mustaches and 2nd Graders

Inspired by Jacquelien at http://kidsartists.blogspot.com we created our version of Dali style self portraits with a melted clock.  My 2nd graders really loved this project and the results were simple but really showed their styles.  We incorporated math by learning about the clock, placement of numbers and telling time.  You can see my step by step "How To" power point presentation at http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/huskeyj72501-1762896-2nd-grade-mustache-salvador-dali/