Saturday, April 29, 2017

New color experiment

I wanted my kids to go beyond basic color mixing and get to know some of the tricks to getting custom colors, but I didn't want to do the same boring primary-to-secondary sets. So I tried out a new experiment sheet and called it Discover Color. It is pretty open ended and the kids find mixtures they like (and don't like) based on some simple instructions - there is a place to record results and write notes, including a "Yes! or Yuck" vote. My classes are 45 minutes and this filled one session perfectly, but I can see using this before any painting project to work out a palette selection. They had fun with it and created some really nice colors! 
If you'd like to try Discover Color, you can find it in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

American Landscapes inspired by Cross Country, High Museum of Art

Our own High Museum of Art is currently showing a terrific group of American landscapes from the first half of the 20th century. My fifth graders studied some of the works that were available to see online, and brainstormed some of their favorite places to visit in America. I made a packet for each table using pictures from the High and a sheet of research ideas. We used iPads to do some research, as well as using our memories to help with the details. We focused on foreground, middle ground, and background and tried some different painting techniques with our watercolor, like wash, wet on wet, and dry detailing. We have some beautiful results! Students will write artist statements on their Artsonia posts, giving more information about the landscape site they selected.