Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sand Art

Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine's version of "America's Got Talent." Her tools are a giant light box, emotional music, and "sand painting" to illustrate Germany's invasion of the Ukraine. She uses both her left and right hands!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Escher Interactive & Perspective

Very soon, we will be covering perspective in all three grades (spiraling the curriculum). Today, I found an interactive site where you can create tessellations like M.C.Escher (see link). My favorite for one point perspective is here. I discovered an even better site on advanced perspective, including the integrative connections at the TEKS Toolkit. Of course, Sketch-Up is a natural technology extension. Perspective goes beyond one & two-point, so here's a resource that goes all the way up to six-point. ..Although we have two whole months left, functionally, we are left with one big art project, then the smaller one (perspective/geometry integration).

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Science Fairs and Art

I've been attending several science fairs for my own kids lately, and just today, I found several links for art/science connections. The title link is for pinhole cameras, but many science projects are at this site. Then, for elementary kids, the photography4pintsized site is useful. Another resource for pinhole cameras from scratch here. This site leans towards engineering type projects. Also ran into an old grad school pal at one science fair (which made sense since she teaches science). All this got me thinking how much ART is in EVERYTHING: science, technology, literacy, culture, etc. Definitely this summer, I'm building & using a pinhole camera. On the other end of the tech spectrum, we're finally getting back on the Macs in the art room for Photoshop rotations. This means, of course, that I want to do a major Photoshop project this summer for an art show entry. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tracing Shadows

The art show was a big hit and we are wrapping up our units on "composition", moving towards spring break. Right now, I'm developing a unit for fourth grade which involves tracing shadows (see title link for a NY Times article on the artist Ellis Gallagher). Ideally, we'll have lots of sunny days in April to go outside and find interesting shadows. Also, check this neat video compilation of shadow art. Our "big idea" for April across the grade levels is "Finding Inspiration", and I think finding inspiration from shadows is pretty cool.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The 2 R's (Relief & Radial)

Just in the nick of time, fifth grade is finishing their radial designs. We have our district art show early this year, and this colored pencil and math endeavor always comes out well, so I love to display them (see link for symmetry integration reference). Our second "R" has been the fourth grade relief tiles (also great fun, but everyone wants their tiles ASAP before break, so no display opportunities there).

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Puppetry, Collage, And Garden Fairies

Everything seems to be going full-circle: art club animation done, collage art unit in third grade almost done, working up a jointed puppet/collage lesson for my adaptive art class (doll template here), thinking about decorative & recyclable art for my home garden (i.e. garden fairies)and moving toward our big altered books unit after fifth grade finishes their radial designs. So then, in my research for ideas, I came across another type of collage category, "inchies" (there are also "twinchies"). It's kind of crazy how much creative stuff is going on with the category, but I'm thinking that next year, we will do inchie/zentangles and puppetry/collage somewhere in the curriculum.

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