reading & writing with art

October 21, 2014

Mermaid Paint Party with first graders

 Inspiration Point on FacebookSooo much fun at Ruby's (my amazing niece's) birthday paint party!  These first graders made some of the most ADORABLE Mermaids ever.

We used bubble wrap to make our cool bubbles in the ocean.              

October 16, 2014

Positive & Negative Space with a little Musical Twist!

The photos do not do them justice...but these pieces turned out pretty cool. My 7th and 8th grade students had to pick a phrase from a song lyric and illustrate it using this positive and negative space concept.  

1.  We looked at this cool you tube clip using Michael Jackson's "Black & White" song to get us started.  We discussed positive and negative space and how this element of art was important in creating pieces.  http://youtu.be/OtRqHG_yP0s


 2.  My students used our previous color theory study and they had to select a color scheme based on what they had learned.  We glued strips of magazines down on their piece to create the negative space.

3.  They used razors to carve their designs out of poster board and mounted the final pieces on top.
This is Nate...he wanted his photo displayed...he was one of many that gave their fingers a little slice.  :)  Good thing they could handle it, ha.

October 07, 2014

7th & 8th grade Charcoal Animals

Love these!!  My students were learning about value and shading in addition to our first attempt working with charcoal.  They were amazed at how cool they looked.  Proud Teacher!!

September 29, 2014

Creative Color Wheels & Writing Prompts

Love these creative watercolor color wheels.  We did a color theory study and the students came up with their own pieces to display their color wheel.  The writing prompt was part of their assessment and some of them did a pretty good job with it.  Feel like we need to work on "explaining" ourselves more when we write.  

The writing prompt my students used for their writing piece.

Makes you feel…
Safe and secure
Good if you need people to trust you
Calm and confident
Good for making people spend money
Energetic and vigorous
Good if you want people to risk
Optimistic and cheerful
Good if you want people have fun
Romantic and dreamy
Good for influencing (young) female s
Willing to take action
Good if you want people to act
Powerful and wealthy
Good if you want people to spend money

Use what you about color theory and the chart above to answer the writing prompt. 

You are working for a video company and you are designing a case for the new “ART ROCKS” game.  This game scores points for creatively developing CD covers to match 2014 top songs.  In the box below, draw your cover for the “ART ROCKS” package and use color pencils to color your piece.  Then write and explain your reasoning for your design and why you chose the colors used on the video cover.