Leaf rubbings provided Kindergarten students with a great way to learn about texture and pattern while enjoying the change in the season. Students placed the leaves under their paper and used the side of a crayon to find the texture. Next, they drew on top of the leaf rubbing to emphasize the lines in the leaf. They used watercolor paint to add color. Finally, they drew a pattern repeating two different lines around the frame.
First grade students used their warm and cool color paintings to create a fall collage. The cool colors (blue, green and purple) became the sky and the warm colors (red, yellow and orange) turned into fall leaves. We talked about branching lines, cutting vs. ripping paper, and creating a frame. Some students even tried to create an illusion of space by making the trees smaller in the background and larger in the foreground.
In second grade, students looked at the book, Sky Tree, by Thomas Locker. This book shows how trees change with each season. Students painted stripes of color for their sunset background. Black paint created a silhouette look for the trees. We talked about how artists are inspired by the world around them, the word landscape to describe a picture of the outdoors, strategies for controlling brushes while painting lines, and creating a balanced composition.
Students in 3rd grade are learning how to create multiple images through printmaking. We talked about the Pop artist, Andy Warhol, drew a pencil self portrait while looking in a mirror, learned how to transfer a drawing to a styrofoam printing plate, used a brayer to roll ink onto the printing plate, and created many prints so that the best ones could be used in the final framed collage.
4th grade students are creating their own looms from cardboard. We talked about the words loom, weaving, warp, weft, pattern, and color. Many students find this to be a very rewarding and relaxing project (once they get the hang of it)!
In 5th grade, students created paintings inspired by the Amate bark paintings of Mexico. Students noticed that many traditional bark paintings use bird, flower, tree or sun motifs. They brainstormed and planned their ideas in their sketchbooks. Next they carefully drew a simplified design onto a brown paper bag. After the drawing was finished, they traced over the pencil with sharpie marker for a bold waterproof outline. The bags were soaked in water, squeezed out, and flattened to create a bark-like texture. Students selected bright colors for their pieces. Finally, they added more lines and details on top of the dried paint.