Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Color-Mixing Rainbow

In second grade, we just reviewed primary and secondary colors and how to mix them using watercolors. I showed the students a nifty color experiment that can easily be done by mixing food dye in plastic water bottles. Then, students were introduced to tertiary colors and how to mix them. 

Color-mixing Experiment!

Get moving... with Lines and Color!

The fifth graders are practically professional “curvilinear line-makers” by now. After finishing their line drawing, I challenged students to attempt another line drawing by repeating curvilinear lines and shapes, and then adding color!
Preceding this second drawing, students studied an energetic design principle: movement. We talked about how movement uses the elements of art (like: line, shape, and color) to create visual interest in a piece of artwork. Specifically, we looked at the ever famous “Starry Night,” and how Vincent van Gogh guided our eyes around the entire piece by strategically planning out lines and color to create movement. Students took turns tracing how their eye traveled throughout “Starry Night.” It was interesting to see how many of our eyes took different paths throughout the piece.
Then, after completing the line drawing step, we looked closely into color schemes to add another layer of movement with the element of color. We reviewed complementary colors, and I introduced the students to warm and cool colors. We looked at pictures that had both warm and cool colors, and talked about how warm colors advance on the page, while cool colors tend to recede. Students chose their color scheme (complementary, warm, cool, or warm and cool) to complete their project. Enjoy the results below!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Krazy for Kandinsky

We have been brushing up on our cutting and gluing skills in second grade art. After learning all about geometric and organic shapes, students were introduced to their first famous artist of the year: Wassily Kandinsky. Students not only observed the artwork Kandinsky made, but they also learned about his life. Then, inspired by his abstract paintings, students created a Kandinsky collage layered with different shapes, colors, and lines. A focus was put on composition, and I encouraged each student to arrange their shapes and lines in a way that was most pleasing to them.

Oh, and I stumbled across a neat interactive Kandinsky activity on the National Gallery of Art’s website: http://www.nga.gov/kids/kandinsky/kandinsky1.html