Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kindergarteners Draw Chinese Dragons

Kindergarteners have been learning about Chinese dragons and their significance in Chinese culture and New Year's celebrations. First, we discussed dragons' "bad reputation."  In American and European fairy tales and movies, dragons are usually mean, ferocious monsters who kidnap princesses and destroy villages with one terrible fiery breath. However, in the Chinese tradition, the dragon is a symbol of strength and good luck. At the end of a Chinese New Year's parade, there is a large dragon puppet that walks the streets amidst the excited crowds.  

We read My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz and Red is a Dragon by Roseanne Thong. We discussed some of the similarities between Chinese New Year celebrations and Rosh Hashanah, such as eating traditional foods and spending time with family. 

When the kindergarteners saw pictures of Chinese dragons, they couldn't believe that they were going
to be drawing them! But then, we took a closer look and they realized that every part of the dragon was made with a line or a shape that they could draw- it was just a matter of learning how to put it all together to make a dragon! Together, we drew the dragon. Then, kindergarteners traced their pencil lines in sharpie and colored the dragons in with colored pencil.
Enjoy the beautiful dragons!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Third Grade Art Forum

Last week I presented the third grade curriculum to parents. Here is the link to the PowerPoint presentation!

Third Grade Art Forum Presentation

Second Grade Forum Art Presentation

Today I presented the second grade curriculum to parents. Here is a link to the PowerPoint presentation!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Seventh Grade Surrealism

Seventh graders have been working on a semester-long unit on value, an element of art that describes the use of light and darkness.  They have learned how to use a variety of sketching pencils and they have applied this skill toward creating some amazing drawings.  They drew apples with a variety of media, including pencil and colored pencil. For the last project of the value unit, we looked at some of the most famous examples of Surrealism by Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali, then they created their own "Surrealist Apples."

Here is "Son of Man" by Rene Magritte, one of his most well-known paintings- I used this to prompt the Surrealist apple project, of course.

I am so impressed with the originality and the wonderful Surrealist sense of mystery that they were able to capture in their drawings! Here are some of the beautiful results. 

Sixth Grade Perspective Drawing

Sixth graders learned how to draw in one-point perspective and used this technique to design a room. In one-point perspective, all diagonal lines lead to the same point, called the vanishing point. Students designed and created their dream rooms, including furniture, skylights, and home decor. 

Click here for a great tutorial on one-point perspective by art educator Harold Olejarz!

Here are some wonderful examples of the rooms:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fourth Grade Forum Presentation

Today I presented the my art curriculum and philosophy at the Fourth Grade Forum. 

Here is the link to the presentation.  Enjoy, and please email me with any questions or comments!

Fourth Grade Forum

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Kindergarten Forum Art Presentation Today!

Today I presented the my art curriculum and philosophy at the Kindergarten Forum.

Here is the link to the presentation.  Enjoy, and please email me with any questions or comments!

Kindergarten Forum: Art Presentation