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.
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 "MyVisit 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The following is a list of guest artist who will be sponsoring a class at Lockeland this year. Guest Artist visit the class at least once and many of them come back time and again. The Guest Artist first inspires the students by showing them examples of their art. Then each Guest Artist is inspired by the children and the work they create as a result of their visit/visits.
Finally we put the Guest Artist work up along side the children's in our annual Art Show and Sale which will be held again this year at Riverside Village on Saturday, April 17th.
Our show this year is "The Magical Mystery Tour" with the underlaying theme of Love, Peace, and Understanding.