Todays art lesson took up most of the day because they were so into it but, it was worth it! We focused on Pattern and Texture.
We talked about Pablo Picasso using patter in many of his paintings to imply movement and direction. We looked at a lot of his work and each of the kids had to point out the patterns they saw in his work.
Then we looked up Vincent Van Gogh and his work talking about real vs. implied texture. We looked at a lot of his work esp. The Starry Night. I had the kids research different kinds of art work like metal work, wood sculpture and tile art.
We went through the house and looked at art we have on the walls, looking for pattern and texture in every piece. Then we talked about different textures/patterns and how to create that in 2 dimensional art. When they were all questioning, "You mean, we have real live art at our house?" I realized that we might need to do this part of the exercise more often.
I had the kids each come up with simple lines and patterns that would display different items and it was amazing to see their creativity. I demonstrated a 'brick' pattern and they went way beyond my simplicity.
The art assignment I had them do two pieces. The first, smaller piece was to have actual texture and pattern. Then they were to glue that textured art into the center of a second sheet of paper and on the edges/border of it continue the art lines using pattern and creating one cohesive art. I showed Ethan how to create texture with card stock and then cover it with tin-foil for a unifying effect but the other kids liked it so much they added tinfoil to their work as well, even though that isn't what they had planned on in the beginning. It is a tricky balancing act to try to have then learn new techniques and have them create individual works of art but they all had fun doing it so it's really an overall win.
To download this weeks lesson click here-Download Art12texture-pattern. Be sure to check back next week- We're learning about Unity in art and doing Mandala's.