Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Peter Max

Wow.  Peter Max - I call the images below "cosmic walkers"  I decided that the fourth grade lesson of taking a pop star was not art related in the way I wanted it to be.  Once the kids began drawing the bodies in motion and trying to combine all the fashions of the pop stars I could see that it wasn't coming across with the look and feel of the 1960's era that I wanted for this project - so I changed mid stream today and I'm so happy that I did.  Peter Max connects to the pop art theme I ran with last year. It also very easy for the children to copy the look of his paintings  into drawing and fits with our musical theme and the Beatles. The links to the videos from Peter Max's website were great too.  So colorful - so fun - so magical!!! They loved Peter
Max's work and they loved coping his drawing. Maybe he'll come be a guest artist this year! 
I've got big dreams - why not, it's more fun to dream big. 

Peter Max



Thank you Tim Clo

Thank you Tim for the AWESOME play list and cd for Lockeland Art!!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

4th grade/Costume Design/Manuel Cuevas/Music Stars

Articles on Manuel

Examples of 1s grade Octopus Drawings

Octopus Garden art examples from the web

Octopus Garden - 1st Grade

At the start of each school year the children at Lockeland make a piece of art with their photograph on it. Last year, when our 1st graders were in Kindergarten they made mushrooms houses and then drew themselves as a winged insect flying around it. This year - we are making an "Octopus Garden" that will hang down from the ceiling in the 1st grade hall.

I start the lesson by reading "My Visit to the Aquarium" by Aliki and we talk about the illustrations and recall visits to the aquarium. Next, I show them some videos and images of octopus listed here. Then I play the song by the Beatles and we all dance around like an octopus. Finally, the children draw an octopus following the "How to Steps" linked her. When they come back to class next time. We will be painting background paper - each group of five will have a color family and we'll rotate until everyone has painted each color family. When the paper is dry
we will draw octopus on it, cut it out, collage and an paste our photos on the top for the face.

With the leftover paper, we will cut swirls and other fancies that will make the rest of the garden.

Video: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070209-octopus-video.html

Photos: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus

How to: http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-draw-an-octopus.htm

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Third Grade Doodle Lesson

Third grade is starting on a doodling project.   First I demonstrated doodling to them - they LOVED it!  Now I'm showing them some examples of doodles I found on the web.  They are doodling peace, love and understanding symbols and symbols that represent themselves on top of architectural blueprints - to add variety to their lines.  When they return to class next time we will collage tissue paper over their doodles and then add one more layer of symbols on top of the tissue.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Three - Fourth Grade Peace Signs - Pop Art!

Thank you Tammy!  I enjoyed collaborating with you today and appreciate your generous donation to Lockeland Art!  I appreciate you being our Pencil Partner.  

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lockeland's Play List 09-10

Here is a list of songs from our fabulous music teacher, Mrs. Connely. I will be
playing these songs in music this year and sometimes connecting our art to it.

DATE                                      SONG                                  ARTIST
Aug. 17-21              Magical Mystery Tour            The Beatles
Aug. 24-28             Jailhouse Rock                               Elvis
Sept. 31-4              Johhny B. Goode                   Chuck Berry
Sept. 7-11                Only the Lonely                    Roy Orbison
Sept. 14-18          Big Girls Don’t Cry              The Four Seasons
Sept. 21-25                    Respect                            Aretha Franklin
Sept. 28-2         Land of a 1000 Dances          Wilson Pickett
Oct. 5-9                         I Feel Good                         James Brown
Oct. 12-16           Georgia On My Mind                Ray Charles
Oct. 26-30               Stand By Me                            Ben E. King
Nov. 2-6                 The Dock of the Bay               Otis Redding
Nov. 9-13                     Surfin’ USA                      The Beach Boys
Nov. 26-30               Baby Love                           The Supremes
Nov. 23-24    I Heard it Through the Grapevine        Marvin Gaye
Dec. 30-4                     My Girl                               The Temptations
Dec. 7-11              Superstition                              Stevie Wonder
Dec. 14-17        Tracks of My Tears                  Smokey Robinson
Jan. 5-8       I Wanna Hold Your Hand               The Beatles
Jan. 11-15       Strawberry Fields Forever          The Beatles
Jan. 18-22                   Let It Be                                    The Beatles
Jan. 25-29      Last Train to Clarksville            The Monkees
Feb. 1-5       You Can’t Always Get What You Want         The Rolling Stones
Feb. 8-12             Like a Rolling Stone                  Bob Dylan
Feb. 15-19             Who Are You                             The Who
Feb. 22-26        For What its Worth             Buffalo Springfield
March 1-5               Fortunate Son                                 CCR
March 8-11               Peace Train                            Cat Stevens
March 22-26       Immigrant Song                  Led Zeppelin
March 29-2        Turn! Turn! Turn!                   The Byrds
April 5-9                    The Weight                          The Band
April 12-16       California Dreamin’          The Mamas and the Papas
April 19-23      Bridge Over Troubled Water         Simon & Garfunkle
April 26-30           Purple Haze                             Jimi Hendrix
May 3-7            Piece of My Heart                           Janis Joplin
May 10-14       Joy to the World                       3 Dog Night
May 17-21         Tiny Dancer                               Elton John
May 24-26           Imagine                                 John Lennon

More Lesson Plan's Links/Ideas


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Peace Sign examples from the web

Lesson Plan for Peace Sign Art

During the first two weeks of art at Lockeland I will be reviewing or teaching our procedures for how to enter the art room, where to be seated for introductory lessons, how to get to the tables, how to line up, etc.  It is also a time for going over rules and procedures.  Luckily, Lockeland is great school filled with very respectful students and we already practice using only three simple rules:  Respect, Responsible and Right Thing.  I will begin the 2009-2010 school year by linking those three rules to our school wide them:  Peace, Love and Understanding.  We will brainstorm, compare and contrast how our rules measure up to these three words.  

Next, I will show all the students (grade K-4) the peace symbols from this blog site and from a link for peace art posted below.  The lesson will be adapted per grade level 
but all students will create their own unique peace sign and write (depending on grade level) a word, sentence, or paragraph about peace and what it means to them.  All symbols and writing will be displayed in the hallway thanks to parent volunteers.  I don't always teach the same lesson to all grade levels but during certain parts of the year I will as a way to unify the children and our school.  

Depending on how long we brainstorm, and talk about the variety of ways to illustrate the peace symbol, the children will have 1-2 art classes to create their peace sign.  Meanwhile, other parent volunteers are photographing students for out next two projects that will be about creating peace portraits.  

Link to kids peace art photos

Nice link to some kids peace art photos

Origin of the peace symbol video

CBS Sunday Morning Video Clip about the origins of the peace symbol. 

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Peace Sign Art Images

While looking for these images on the web I began to think about teaching the children about the origin of the peace sign and discovered the name of the artist who created it.  I can now think of ways to take the learning even deeper and make some connections to history and to the design process.  Come along if you like...I'm going to start here and see where it takes me...........http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_symbols.