reading & writing with art

April 28, 2014

Oliver K Woodman figure sketches

Love what my 5th grade artist did with their Oliver K. Woodman figures!  First of all Darcy Pattison is a local ARKANSAS artist which I love.  She has presented for me at the Arkansas Reading Association conference several times and I adore her books.  You have to admit...this is the perfect book for figure drawings.  The book is written in a series of letters and postcards where Oliver shares his travels across the states.  After we read and discussed the book we began with the sketching.  We made careful observations about our forms.  The students worked in group of 4.  Each small group had 3 minutes to decide what "pose" their figure would take.  We discussed shapes, lines, shadows and proportion.  The students used rulers to help them decide how to make their figure the correct proportion.  Some of them quickly figured out their alien size heads did not quite fit their bodies.  When they moved on to their background they had to decide WHERE their Oliver would be in the picture.  They discussed details with their tables on what might give clues to their surroundings then they were to creatively hide a sign stating their location on their piece.  I have 2 classes left and I can't wait to see their finished pieces. 

Here are 2 links for Darcy's books:

April 23, 2014

Sixth Sewing Softie Sculptures

6th graders are at it again...it's SOFTIE time!  They have been begging all year.  This is always a class favorite.  The crazy amounts of snow days and testing have delayed our pieces, but we are now nearing the end.  All that is left is writing our stories to go along with our creations!  My old power point that I adapted is still on Author Stream and you can use it here if you would like to give it a try:  http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/huskeyj72501-1395712-softies/

April 18, 2014

Sesame Street - ish & Thomas Pastrano

I first became acquainted with the clever art work from Pastrano at Shine Bright Zamorano site and fell in love.  I decided to give it a try with my students and loved the results!

First I introduced my students to Jim Henson and we learned about his amazing art style of designing and bringing muppets to life.

                                                        We watched this clip of rapper Will.i.am. singing with the Sesame Street muppets and  used the closed caption so the students can read along with it as always.

I had students make observations of the different characteristics of each muppet.  (Colors, shapes, lines going horizontal or vertical, etc.)  Then we looked at Pastrano's work.  VERY COOL.

My kinders and 1st graders did paper collages with cookie monster, ernie, elmo & kermit


Two of my classes did the Minon's from Despicable Me 2 for our skit in the Benchmark Pep Rally to go along with our song Because I'm Happy!

You can order Pastrano's prints here: