Grade 4, Ms Slom

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Haring figures – first looked at the figures that Keith Haring painted. We then discussed stick figures and how to create a basic one that the students could plump out and erase the inner stick armature. They learned about complementary colors and made some fun figure paintings.

Optical art –

We looked at lots of Optical illusions and discussed what is an optical illusion and haw does it work? To start the art projects, the students were given some drawing paper and a fine black marker. They drew a wavy line across the center area of the paper. Next, they added some small, unevenly spaced dots along the line. The students then joined the dots above and below the line with a curved shape. The end shapes should go off the page. They continued to add curved layers above and below to create long, worm-like shapes that eventually go from the top of the page to the bottom. Also, the students needed to make sure to vary the width in different places so that it becomes narrow in some areas, and wide in others. This made the shape more interesting, and contribute to the illusion that it’s popping out from the page. You could even make some of the shapes disappear, as though they’re being swallowed up by other ones beside them. The students used pencil crayons to add some color and dimension.

Picasso’s guitars-Collage

“Collage- is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.”

A collage may sometimes include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty. The term collage derives from the French “coller”. This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art. 4th grade students looked at many of Pablo Picasso’s guitar paintings and collages, before starting their own guitar collages. They started by creating a collage of ripped colored papers on a background piece of paper. Then they learned to draw a guitar and used brown packaging paper to make it. They glued the guitar to the background in an interesting way and then added yarn for the stings of their musical instrument. To complete this art project they will add some accent lines in oil pastel.