Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Watercolor Henna Hands

Fifth grade students are creating Henna Hands using watercolor and wax resist. 
We began this lesson by discussing the following questions:

How do we decorate our bodies?
How do we make ourselves look beautiful?
Are there special holidays in which we dress differently?

I shared a brief history of henna and we looked at several images before starting our own designs. 

1. On watercolor paper, students traced their hand and arm with pencil. 
2. Students filled their hands with henna inspired designs. Since the designs would be painted with wax resist, I stressed over and over how important it was to draw large and to space out their drawing.
3. Using a small paintbrush, trace the hand and all designs with a thick layer of wax resist. 
(*Note: Make sure to set aside a group of brushes to be wax resist brushes only. Once you use the wax resist your brushes will be just about ruined. Someone once gave me a whole box of small dental brushes. That is what we use and they work great).
4. Once the wax resist is dry, paint over the entire hand using watercolor paint.

5. Now, student may paint the entire background using watercolor paint.

6. The last step, once the watercolor paint is dry, is to remove the wax resist. Simply rub the wax resist with your finger or a blender tool and it will peel right up.

Student Work

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Jim Dine Charcoal Drawing

I have been dying to teach a Jim Dine inspired lesson with Drawing and Painting students for a while now. I used this lesson as a way to extend our discussion in regards to creating a background, finishing a composition, as well as mark making.

  Jim Dine ‘[no title]’, 1973
© Jim Dine 
Jim Dine 'Ten Winter Tools' Series (1973)

Brief history of Jim Dine:

Jim Dine is an Pop American Artist, largely because the subjects of his creations are usually household items such as tools and housecoats. His most famous series included hearts and robes. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Boston Museum School, and received his B.F.A from Ohio University, where he was also enrolled in the graduate program. He moved to NYC and instantly became an active figure in the New York art world. Since his first solo exhibition in 1960, Dine's paintings, sculptures, photography, and prints have been the subject of nearly 300 solo exhibitions worldwide. 

Day 1-  Using charcoal, I instructed students to fill their sketchbook with different marks for a full 38 minute class period. I advised them that they would be using the full class period to complete this activity and I fully expected several students to say that they were done after 10 minutes, maybe even after 5. However, none of them did. It was great, they settled in and made marks for the full 38 minutes.

Day 2 - Students chose one object in the classroom to draw four different times using charcoal. Each drawing would be done using a different mark-making technique from their sketchbook. The drawings were completed on a 12 x 16 piece of charcoal paper that had been divided into fourths.

Day 3 - Using a ppt. presentation, students viewed and discussed the artwork of Jim Dine. Following the ppt. we discussed what exactly a 'tool' was and the final project was assigned. 

Assignment: Create a large (18"x24") charcoal drawing of a tool using mark making and Jim Dine as inspiration.

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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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