Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5th grade weaving

We ended the year in fifth grade by learning different stitches as we created a weaving.  After warping the loom, I taught a new stitch each day but also encouraged the students to try and create another new one using the worksheet I had made and provided.  I like how some choose color schemes and patterns.  This was a really great way to end their elementary art experience.

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4th Grade Chuck Close Self-Portraits

This was a very involved lesson.  We continued to learn about the very influential artist, Chuck Close, throughout the weeks of the lesson.  I highly recommend watching this video to learn more and hear about his amazing story in his own words.  We made the lesson more 2015 by taking our own selfies to start out as our self-portraits.  (Chuck Close started with photographs too!)  Next, we took a stencil and repeated it a few times over our selfie.  Using the same stencil, with the same shapes throughout our picture, helped to created a sense of harmony.  We created contrast by choosing warm and cool colors to use.  For an added challenge, some of the students added value!