In Fifth Grade we are still very interested in using the Sumi-e tools. Today, I gave a quick demonstration to accompany our discussion of different concepts artists use to create the illusion of distance in a 2 dimensional work of art. The concepts we discussed included using a paler hue for details in the distance, leaving details out of objects in the distance, overlapping, and varying the size of objects to create depth. We mentioned linear perspective and using a perspective grid, but we will save those ideas for later.
Students practiced for a while as they dreamed up their final compositions.
I had this very excellent book when I was little. My siblings and I read it and played with it all the time. I believe there was a second one that employed the same colorful overlay idea as well, but I can't remember what it might have been called. Anyway....I was extremely excited when I found that we had this one in our school library.
We are continuing to explore the concept of color mixing and the magic of using primary colors to make all of the other colors.
The kindergartners are also learning about butterflies in their classroom.
They had fun using the liquid watercolors and clean white palettes to experiment.
We started with the same three colors that Herbie - in the story - had available to him and we were able to create TONS more.
Using handmade pose-able figures and a variety of media, Second Graders have created dreamy paintings inspired by the work of Marc Chagall.
We finished our Miro paintings today! They are magnificent.
We read Ish, by Peter Reynolds, and browsed through some more of Joan Miro's paintings, paying particular attention to the way he used BLACK paint.
I gave a quick demonstration and we got right to work. I think our favorite part was the squirty bottle filled with black paint that we used to add our finishing touches.