Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pigs Can Fly!

Sixth graders discussed Cincy's rich "Porkopolis" heritage, the Flying Pig Marathon, and of course the Big Pig Gig sculpture exhibit as inspiration for their latest project, paper mache flying pigs! 

We stuffed grocery bags for the bodies, cut up toilet paper rolls for the snout and feet, cut up cereal boxes for the wings, and finally applied 3 layers of paper mache (paper towels / newspaper) before painting our wild and wonderful creations. Students were encouraged to create an "artistic" pig, not one that looked "realistic." Needless to say, they went hog wild! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Under Construction!

Miss Rossi's Art Class is currently under construction :)

There are more lessons to come! Please check back!

Egyptian Portraits

Students drew an Egyptian styled self portrait and embellished it with glitter and ancient Egyptian inspired patterns. For the background, sixth graders designed their own cartouche with hieroglyphs an Egyptian symbols. Folded paper is used to pop the portraits up from the background.

It's Raining Cats and Dogs!

Fifth graders looked at the art of Laurel Burch and George Rodrigue before beginning their own wacky pet painting. We talked about using, color, space, and line creatively to help capture the personality of their cats and dogs :) I gave the kids jumbo sized paper and let them go wild! They results are bright, humorous, and full of life!

Whimsical Clay Birds

Fifth graders created whimsical clay bird sculptures using tissue paper, wire, pipe cleaners, beads, and of course... clay! The kids loved loved loved the creative freedom of this project and of course, getting their hands DIRTY!

Chalk Pastel Iguanas

I stole this lesson from Deep Space Sparkle, and it's a new favorite! I used it as an excuse to review warm and cool colors with my fifth graders, as well as a great opportunity to use teach blending with chalk pastels. All kids will find success with this project!

Tropical Birds

Using a recent fifth grade field trip and science curriculum as inspiration, students created these wild and wonderful paintings of toucans and parrots!

Before we begin, we look at the art of Henri Rousseau and discuss how he overlapped plants and trees to show space. Then students look at photos of tropical birds and begin drawing out their picture using a black crayon. This is great advice from the art ed blog, Deep Space Sparkle.
Using a crayon helps eliminate "mistakes" and the constant erasing! Plus, the drawings end up much more free and full of personality.

Students use tempera paint, and outline finished artworks with a thick black Sharpie.