Monday, October 27, 2014

Must Have Books For The Art Room

The following are some of my favorite story books to use with elementary art classes.

1. Van Gogh and the Sunflowers
 by Laurence Anholt

Related Art Lessons:
Clay Sunflower Bowls

2.Iggy Peck, Architect
by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

3. Uncle Andy's
by James Warhola

4. Action Jackson
by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordon, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

5. Lines That Wiggle
by Candace Whitman, illustrated by Steve Wilson

6. Little Green
by Keith Baker

7. The Pot That Juan Built
by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, illustrated by David Diaz

8. The Squiggle
by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Pierr Morgan

9. When a Line Bends...A Shape Begins
by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illustrated by James Kaczman

10. If...
by Sarah Perry

by Charley Harper

Related Art Lessons:
Charley Harper Cardinals

by Peter H. Reynolds

13. Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors
by Keesia Johnson

Related Art Lessons:
Artwork that Measures Up

14. Wow! Said the Owl
by Tim Hopgood

15. Mouse Paint
by Ellen Stoll Walsh

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Xerox Portraits

This is hands down my favorite high school art project to date. At the start of class, I walked all the students upstairs to the xerox machine to take photocopies of their face! Some students were reluctant while others could not wait for their turn. Students then drew their xeroxed portrait on a 9x12 sheet of black paper using white charcoal pencils. This project was assigned following the completion of the manikin drawings, which can be viewed HERE.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

White Charcoal Manikins

student example - white charcoal artwork

For these artworks, students drew artist manikins from observation using white charcoal on black paper. Artist manikins are a great tool for practicing figure drawing. The figure has already been divided into distinct shapes which enables every student to draw the manikin with a large degree of success. After rendering the manikins, students developed a creative way to incorporate their background. Some students chose to use white charcoal while others used chalk pastels.

paper airplane drawing and value chart
Before drawing the manikins, students completed a few practice studies using the white charcoal on black paper. First, I had students complete a value chart. Next, they created a paper airplane and drew it from observation. While drawing with pencil on white paper forces students to focus on building the dark shadows, white charcoal on black is the reverse - now they need to focus on building the highlights. This can be a little tricky for students at first, practice will help them get used to this before starting on their final artwork. 

Student Work
white charcoal and pastel art project

student example - white charcoal artworkstudent artwork

example of student artwork

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