Thursday, May 27, 2010

OCS Spring Art Show

Here are some of the photos I took of this years OCS spring art show. We hold a music program that the kids perform and afterward the parents are able to come into the fellowship hall to view their child's art. I was happy at this point because this was the final art show for the year and everything came together beautifully.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

4th Grade: Finished Clay People

Here are the finished clay people. Some the character here include Two Face, girl artists, army guys, athletes and I think there is a Yoda in there some where. The kids love this project.

5th Grade: Ceramic Plaque Relief

Every year I have the 5th grader create ceramic plaque relief. I give the students two classes to draw their design on a square piece of paper that is the same size as their clay. I give them options to choose from for their design such as an animal, landscape, space scene, architecture, etc. They can draw their design from their imagination or use an image to help them.

The class before we start working with clay, I will give a demonstration on the steps to creating their design on the clay slab. They are to use a square template to cut the shape out.

Next, they lay their square drawing on top of the clay and trace.

Then, they take pieces of clay and start attaching the pieces to areas of the design they want to raise off the flat surface. One thing I suggest to the kids is to raise the areas that are closes to the viewer. Meaning if there is a tree in back and a tree in front, raise the tree in front more than the tree in back.

After I fire all the clay, I spray paint the ceramic with flat black so that when the kids paint over it with acrylic they will end up with black lines and bold color.

One thing I have trouble with is keeping the plaques from curling while they dry. I am trying to figure out a solution and will post what I come up with.

Here are some of the final results. You can spray paint a clear gloss coat to help the art work look shiny and finished looking.

2010 Rotary Chalk Festival

Every year the Rotary Club of Orlando holds an annual chalk festival. I usually have two 6th grade groups participating and I tend to work on my own square. If you haven't had the chance to do a chalk drawing, it is an amazing experience that will totally hook you and your students. Though, neither myself or my students won a prize we all had a great time getting messy!

David and Frank

Rachel and Tiffany

The square I was working on.

I know, I know. I have some proportion issues.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Drawing Books

Does anyone have those few students in each of your art classes that always finish way sooner than anybody else? I certainly do. I usually would let them work on free draw which has worked out really well over the last couple of years. Not to0 long ago I got an extra How-to-Draw book from the librarian and used this as a free draw option. The kids loved it. When I went looking for some more free draw books I stumbled across a series of drawing book by Ed Emberley. Apparently, he has been around for a long time. His drawing are just wonderful! Students from all different ages really enjoy his books because they are easy enough for kindergarten and have a lot of variety that the older students enjoy.


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