My third graders made these awesome Wayne Thiebaud cakes. We looked at Jessica Baisley's website from The art of ed and used the video from CBS This Morning to see him talk about his work (fantastic video) then we also went to Cake Maker page and just used the elmo to demonstrate some different ways to decorate a cake on the website. Then, getting to work: The kids took a sheet of practice paper - and did the 3 simple steps I wrote on the board. 1) Draw an oval (we looked at an upside down cool whip container how the shape got turned from a circle to an oval by different view points). 2) Draw the sides of the cake. 3) Draw the bottom of the cake- curved line.
On day 2 of this project students could choose either white or black paper to draw their cakes. I also encouraged them to use value to make their cakes look round. (I demonstrated using black on one side of their cake and white on the other side to make it look 3D).
Here is an example of their work:
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I got this idea from the blogspot of Mrs. Picasso's art room.
The students in first grade watched some of the artwork of different paintings of Kandinsky's. We got to see a lot of his paintings this way and it was entertaining too!
Cherry Blossoms were made by first graders in March and early April. We looked at where Japan was on google maps to see where in the world Japan was. This past spring the Cherry Blossoms bloomed a little early because of the mild winter we had.
Washington DC celebrates the Cherry Festival in the spring. This was it's 100th year of celebration! Japan gave the United States 3,000 Cherry Trees and in the spring we celebrate!