Friday, November 4, 2016
Fall Favorite Art Projects
Anyhow - when the negative space is dry, it's time for collage. I put out, all around the room, boxes and bins and trays of all kinds of goodies: fabric scraps, wood scraps, toothpicks, wooden sticks, drinking straws, coffee stir sticks, cotton swabs, buttons, rickrack, ribbon, yarn, hunks of burlap, bags of straw, raffia, feathers, pompoms, and so on. (I'm not afraid of a mess.) We discussed the meaning of the word POROUS. I would explain that Elmer's Glue-All holds best for porous items, but non-porous items might fall off, so for non-porous items like plastic buttons, we'd use a stronger tacky glue. Kids were free to get what they need, taking just two or three items at a time, so that they could be sure to get them glued down before class ended. Everyone started with some sort of stick or straw to hold up their scarecrow! I love the independent decision-making necessary, and letting the kids figure out how to put together the clothes and such. Nothing could stick up off the paper (they had to fit in the drying rack); otherwise it was really up to them. Everyone pitched in at cleanup time to get the materials back in their boxes and bins, and shoved them into the storage closet or on the counter for next time, and sponged off any glue that dripped on the tables.
HERE, with student samples. But today, I'm sharing trees painted with tempera.
I am NOT a fan of the "Y" shaped trees that many art teachers favor. Why not? Because none of the trees outside my classroom window were shaped that way! So instead, I taught students how to make trees branch off a central trunk that may or may not split. But it didn't have to! But anyhow, I want to talk about the tempera trees.
Students were give a choice of using warm colors for their tree or sky; cool colors for whichever wasn't painted warm. Then students selected whatever color(s) they wanted for the ground. The photo isn't great, but in the orange sky painting, the tree is blue. White and black were used to shade as desired.
I have blogged about one other autumn tree project, that uses sand and glue for swirly texture a la Van Gogh. I think the student work was pretty awesome, so I hope you'll hop over to the old post and see their creations! You can find the post HERE.
That's it for today. Do you have favorite fall projects that do NOT involve pumpkins or owls? That involve a lot of student choice in the process? If you do, I'd love to hear about them!