Monday, November 28, 2022
Friday, November 11, 2022
I encouraged students to work large for their Matisse style portrait assignment. They were to use the correct proportions for drawing a face as the starting point, and then try to find a way to use color in an unexpected way. Faces were divided into areas of greens, oranges, purples and yellows. Most of the time it was two main colors on the face, and then the shirt, hair and background were to use contrasting primary or secondary colors.
Autumn is the perfect time to do a cross curriculum lesson by marrying printmaking and leaves. I began the lesson with a 5 minute video about why leaves fall from the trees as the days get shorter in the fall (hint, it has to do with chlorophyll and photosynthesis). Then we took a hike around campus, touching bark, identifying the trees and collecting leaves and pinecones as we went.
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Tactile Doodle and Wiki Stix make it possible for my students with no vision to do the same portrait assignment as my students with low vision. For this project students take an oval, draw the line of symmetry, and divide it into fractions to make sure the face is proportional. Some students have enough vision to see up close or with magnification devices, but for those who need the art to be tactile, Wiki Stix are the easiest thing to find. The downside is that they don't always stay on the paper permanently, and they may need to be cut into smaller pieces for smaller features. The Tactile Doodle is perfect for students with sensory issues and you can draw small lines with immediate results. The drawback is that you can't color or paint on the plastic sheet that you need to make the raised lines, and the sheets are expensive.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Shape, Color, Size are all design elements to consider when creating a monster collage. Elementary and Middle School students were able to use their imaginations to come up with their own original monster.