Get ready 4th grade! I just found out that my grant for the 2017-2018 year, "Pennsylvania Puppets on Parade" was funded. We also have Allie's idea to work on. We are going to be very busy, but in a wonderfully creative way. I can't wait to get started!!!!
Is that a stained glass window? It sure looks like! Students created these faux stained glass windows based on the priceless works of the American artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Students used the iPads to research a form of nature that they wanted to recreate on their window. Some chose animals while others chose landscapes. They then used transparencies to trace and color their sketch. Students used Prismacolor, artist's markers, to achieve the bright colors, layering several colors together to create highlights and shadows within their work. Once completed, they added the final touch of black glue to complete the faux stained glass look.
Science and art? Yes! While the students were learning about cells and their functions in their Science classes, we were studying their design and composition through art. We studied the repetition of lines and shapes within a cell. Students also looked at medical illustrations and how the illustrator added color to bring out certain focal points. The process of itaglio printing was demonstrated. The students painstakingly created their cell in all of its detail by scratching each line into a plastic transparency. They then had to ink their master a create their print. Nice the print was dry, students used colored pencils and analogous color combinations to create a work of art.
Ansel Adams was the inspiration for this project. He is the most well known American photographer. After viewing several of his photographs, the students used classroom cameras, iPads, or their phones at home to capture clouds. They were inspired by Adams cloud work in Yellowstone National Park. While most of Ansel's work was in black and white the students chose color for their photos. We discussed that as a photographer you are taking what you see and creating a story for your viewer. This is done by choosing what to focus on in your photo and with cropping. Some students sent in several pictures and really enjoyed the process. We may have some budding photographers here!