These sixth graders are a pretty special group of students. Not only are they awesome little artists, but they are the first group of chil'ren that I have had since Kindergarten. I love that I've gotten to move up with them! Going to a new school can be hard, so I am glad we have each other! They are a breath of fresh air! We've been able to jump right in and take off where we left off last year. They know me and I know them; they know not to give me any "I can't"s!
We started out the year by making our very own sketchbooks! They were able to create their cover page using any art supplies they wanted--oil pastels, colored pencils, crayons, markers, or watercolor. I laminated them when they were finished so hopefully they will last us all semester. We then sewed three signatures of ten pages each into our journal. They turned out fantastic and the students are super proud of them! They start each class with a sketchbook prompt, and keep it on them throughout class to try out new techniques or to practice any drawings.
Out first project is an Op Art color wheel. These kids know their color wheels, but we haven't touched on tertiary colors as much, so it was a good review. I also wanted them to practice their colored pencils skills and blending techniques. We looked at Bridgette Riley and Victor Vasarely for inspiration.
The students started drawing their Op Art by following a quick demonstration. Rulers, french curves, and compasses aided in our initial drawing. After the students had drawn their picture, I showed them how to blend their colored pencils. We talked about value, and how with the use of value we can "trick" the viewer into believing our picture is 3-D.
Once their color wheels were colored in, the students had to decide which parts of their picture were "moving" up or down. They added value with a black colored pencils, making sure to have a really dark shadow, and a white highlight. Some students even used baby oil to help smooth out their shadows in the end. I think these were a HUGE success! I love the way they look! SO PROUD OF THESE GUYS!