This year I was hired on as a long-term sub to teach 7th and 8th-grade visual arts. Here are the projects I have done so far with the kids
We learned about different color schemes by first coloring in a mandala coloring page using monochromatic, triadic, complementary, and analogous color schemes. Following that exercise, the students chose a subject (cartoon characters) and repeated that subject four times on a piece of large paper. They then colored in with watercolor colored pencils, each of those four drawings using one of the four color schemes I taught.
After that, we studied the principle of design Movement. Students watched several video clips from the Olympics and acted them out to get the other half of the class to guess what they were acting out. This activity was meant to help students understand how to simplify gestures to their basic forms and help them to draw figures in motion. We also discussed different ways in which movement could be captured. This work of art was painted on an 8 x 10 piece of watercolor paper.
Next tieing it in with movement, we discussed the importance of balance in one’s work of art. Students learned about famed sculpture artist Alexander Calder. Students also studied the different ways that balanced could be created. Can you actually balance multiple objects on a wooden dowel rod? yes. Can you also create visual balance by repeating colors and textures, motifs and ideas? yes. Once students understood these concepts I did a demonstration of the different ways that one could sculpt using paper- and had students create the objects for their mobiles using their paper sculpting techniques.
For their next assignment students are learning about Rhythm in art. “Rhythm is the repetition or alternation of elements, often with defined intervals between them. Rhythm can create a sense of movement, and can establish pattern and texture”. I am connecting what they already know about Rhythm within music to what they are now learning about Rhythm with art. Students listened to a variety of different types of music which they, using a plethora of lines and shapes and colors, illustrated as they listened. We will also study several artists whose works were inspired by music or show a certain “rhythm and musical quality”. Lastly to complete their final art piece students will using a variety of different media “DJ” their own compilation of songs.