Ellison Parks/ VSA Art

Project:  Paul Klee gold fish 


Today the artists will experiment with oil pastels and watercolor paints to create an image similar to Paul Klee’s gold fish paintings.


Artists will use hot colored oil pastels to draw circle/oval shapes for their fish, adding triangles on the end for tails.  They will color these in fully to give them a good sense of depth.The artists will then color over these images with cool colored waters colors allowing the fish images to pop through.  The end result will be a multi-layered, mixed medium project that gives a sense of hot and cool colored contrasts.


Today’s artists will work on fine motor skills both with the coloring and the painting, follow directions, working in a certain order to apply the mediums and lots of creative decision making.


This project will get the artists thinking about the following:

  • How did the cool colors give this picture a sense of water?
  • How does the hot colors contrast with the cool?
  • what shapes did the artist use to create these fish?

 

This week students created unique head pieces that were butterflies.  Each artist used hot colors and cool colors and shapes to create their own unique butterfly.  We revisited hot and cool colors as well as learning a new concept of symmetry. Everyone did an amazing job and it was very fun to see each student metamorphose into a beautiful butterfly. 

Curriculum Standards or IEP Goals for this project:

  • I can listen actively as an individual and as a member of a group
  • I describe the position of object using the words such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, next to
  • I can identify 2-dimensional shapes
  • understand primary and secondary colors
  • distinguish between basic shapes and forms
  • explore and experiment with materials
  • use tools/ materials in a safe manner


 

VSA Visiting Artist Kristine Biegel

Ellison Parks School

Creating Butterfly Headbands

                         

Today’s project is to create 3D headbands of butterflies for students to wear.


Artists will start with a head band and a set of paper, white wings. They will decorate their wings with a variety of coloring materials, as well as variety of collaging materials. These will then be taped onto the headbands for wearing.


Materials provided will include pictures of butterflies for color and pattern variety. Artists will learn about symmetry, reinforce hot and cool color understandings, line variety, composition and 3D art making.


Discussion points

What butterfly did you take your inspiration from?

What types of colors did you use?

Did you use any shapes to decorate your wings?



Vocabulary words:

hot colors:  reds, yellow and oranges

cool colors: purples, blues and greens

symmetry:  when both sides of an art work are the same

shapes: circles, squares,ovals, triangles


This past week we wrapped up the creepy crawly unit of insects with one more colorful project. Artists created a mixed medium painting of their bugs using watercolors and oil pastels.  These artists did  wonderful job using shapes and lines to create some beautiful insects.  They made lady bugs, pinch bugs and lots of vibrant beetle bugs.  Great job everyone using hot colors and cool colors to help your insects hide in their habitats safely.  


VSA Visiting Artist Kristine Biegel

Ellison Parks School K-0

Color and beetles

                        

Beetles

Students in the K-0 program have been working for the last couple of weeks on bugs and creepy crawlies. This project is meant to revisit the idea of hot and cool colors and shapes to make artwork.  We can also use words they have been learning like head, thorax and abdomen.


Our Project

 Artists will use circles and ovals to draw the 3 parts of the body (the head, thorax and abdomen). They can use zig zag, straight or curved lines to draw the legs and antennas. The colors they use will be varied. Lots of colorful pictures will be available for artists to choose from. Artists will use oil pastels for the drawing of the bugs.


They will have liquid watercolors to wash over their pictures, greens and blues for habitats.


Artists will learn through color mixing of their oil pastels how to make new colors (secondary colors) using the primary colors of Red, Yellow and Blue


Red and yellow make orange

Blue and red make purple

Blue and yellow make green


The end result will be a multi colored artwork that celebrates the students understandings of bugs (in this case through the beetle family).


Discussion points

  • What are the hot and cool colors you used
  • Why did you decide to use the colors you did?
  • What do you love the most about your picture?
  • What are the different parts of your insect?

 

Curriculum Standards or IEP Goals for this project:

  • I can listen actively as an individual and as a member of a group
  • I can make connections between the story and my own experiences (art making to take place)
  • I can draw / tell a real or imagined story
  • I describe the position of object using the words such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, next to
  • I can identify 2-dimensional shapes
  • understand primary and secondary colors
  • distinguish between basic shapes and forms
  • explore and experiment with materials
  • use tools/ materials in a safe manner


Exploring new materials / using counting relationships to create the number of dots that coincides with their age / primary and Secondary colors / hot and cool colors /

fine motor skills / following directions / creative choice / working well independently

 

 ISH Bugs (insects that look bug ish)

Each artist is creating a creepy crawly or insect of their choice as part of the unit of Bugs.  These wonderful 3-D bugs will be displayed throughout the classroom in their habitats.  I just hope that I don't see any hanging from the spider's web as dinner for the spiders.


Last week we did a little project using fingerprints to build our bugs.  Adding details with markers/crayons etc. like habitats. 


Both projects designed to reinforce the bug body parts - head, abdomen and thorax. 

Ellison Parks

Kristine Biegel / VSA

Week 3 K-0 Lesson Plan

Creating Ish Bugs


This project will reinforce classroom studies surrounding insects and buds.  Students are learning about the basic parts of an insect. The head, the thorax, the abdomen and the legs.  And in some cases also wings.  Students will use their understandings , based on classroom studies, of what makes an insect and create their own 3-D bugs.


Possible discussion points 

Using shapes to make body parts

Decision surrounding use of colors for their bugs (hot and cool, patterns, color mixings)

What makes 3-D art / sculpture

How to use a variety of materials to create 3D art


Share example:

share examples from the Book Ish by Peter Reynolds

share example of 3D bug

share images of bugs (teacher)


Set up each table 

  • Prepare clay so that each student has enough clay to create the body of an insect.
  • Provide pipe cleaners for legs, materials for wings, things with textures that might interest the kids 


Curriculum Standards or IEP Goals for this project:


  • I can listen actively as an individual and as a member of a group
  • I describe the position of object using the words such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, next to
  • I can identify 2-dimensional shapes
  • understand primary and secondary colors
  • distinguish between basic shapes and forms
  • explore and experiment with materials
  • use tools/ materials in a safe manner


Just a few images from our first art class together.  All the artists did a wonderful job making connections to colors and materials and using their age as a jumping off point on how many dots to create.  Each artist was able to share their work at the end of the class which was really fun to see.  Thanks everyone for making my first day so much fun.

Week One Project:  Introduction to Color - what a wonderful first class - thank you everyone for your great creative energy!


 

VSA Visiting Artist Kristine Biegel

Ellison Parks School

Introduction to Color and The Dot

The Dot

Vashti is a little girl that hates making art because she doesn’t think she can draw.  Her teacher shows her that you can make art one shape at a time and Vashti realizes that she is a great artist and gets to work mixing colors, big and small to create some wonderful Dot paintings.


Our Color Project

The artists will learn about Vashti and her art making and then use that inspiration to create their own artworks.

Artists will use oil pastels to start with in primary colors. They will be asked to create a variety of dots, blending their colors to get new colors (secondary colors).  If they are 3 they will be asked to create 3 dots, if they are 4 they will be asked to create 4 dots making a connection of their age with their artwork.  

Artists will learn through color mixing how to make new colors (secondary colors) using the primary colors of Red, Yellow and Blue

Red and yellow make orange

Blue and red make purple

Blue and yellow make green


Once the artists have completed their dots they will use a liquid watercolor wash to paint the background of their artwork.  Again they will start with the primary colors and through mixing on their artwork they will get secondary colors.

The end result will be a multi colored artwork that celebrates the artists’ understanding of colors, shapes, numbers and art making composition.


Discussion points

  • What are the primary colors you used
  • How did you mix the 3 primary colors to get new colors?
  • How did you decide how many dots to make on your artwork
  • What do you love the most about your picture?
  • What makes you an artist?