Hello to all my Grade PREP students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.
This is week 3 of Term 3 2020 and all my Prep students are remote learning at home!
We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of self portraits !
Last week I asked you to draw a self portrait after watching a video.
I hope you kept last week’s self portrait somewhere nice and safe. You will need to submit last week’s self portrait as evidence of your completion of this unit of work when you submit your Specialists Rich Task.
Instructions for the Specialists Rich Task will be forwarded to you soon.
We are going to be drawing a new self portrait soon so you will need some paper,
Some people call textas, markers.
And I would really like it if you had a small mirror so you can look at yourself.
So I am going to give you a little bit of time to organise yourself.
I will just sit here on my blog and wait for you to collect some pencils and textas, some paper and, hopefully, a mirror.
If you don’t have a small mirror you can use to look at yourself perhaps you can move yourself to draw on the floor somewhere in your house, maybe in the bathroom, where there is a big mirror,
so you can use the big mirror to look at yourself.
So I will just wait until you are ready……..
Oh, you are ready already! That was so fast! Well done!
So while you were getting ready to draw I found a beautiful story to share with you so let’s watch the video.
If you need to stop the video at anytime you can just press the pause button and then come back to the story.
PART 2 READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET
Oh, that was a lovely story called “The Colour of Us” written and illustrated by Karen Katz.
I thought the illustrations were just gorgeous. Karen Katz is a very clever author and artist. She wrote the story about her daughter Lena and a conversation they had one day when they went out for a walk.
Now I would like you to get your small or big mirror
and have a very good look at your face!
Today you are again going to draw a SELF PORTRAIT but it will be a bit different this time.
Today you are going to draw a MONOCHROMATIC
Yes, it’s a very big word – monochromatic.
I want you to say that long word after me – monochromatic.
Let’s try it again – monochromatic.
Now I want you to say after me – monochromaticself portrait.
If we break the word up the mono part means one and the chromatic part means colour. So now you are going to watch a video made by a very clever art teacher called Cassie Stephens.
She is going to show you some self portraits painted by artists and then show you how to draw a monochromatic self portrait.
In the video she talks to her students about using a very small piece of paper. You can use whatever size paper you have.
In the video she uses a thin black texta to start her drawing. You can use one if you like but you could also use a black pencil.
Let’s watch the video.
PART 3 READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET.
In the video Cassie decides to do her monochromatic self portrait using green. These are monochromatic self portraits that were done by some of Cassie’s students.
You don’t have to choose green but whatever colour you choose you need to have several lights and darks of that colour.
I hope you have fun drawing your monochromatic self portrait.
You don’t have to submit your drawing this week. Again, I would like you to keep your drawing nice and safe. You will then submit this week’s monochromatic self portrait as evidence of your completion of this unit of work when you submit your Specialists Rich Task.
As mentioned in my previous post I use a scrapbook as an art journal for my students from grades 1-6.
Every year the students make a new cover for their art journal.
In the past I would hand the Grade 5 students an A4 sheet of paper with a grid of boxes already photocopied on it and ask the students to choose a colour and paint each box to show the colour value.
Once the paint was dry (week 2) they then glued this sheet onto their scrapbook cover and gave their book a large title and ensured their name and grade was easily readable.
I love how creatively these students completed their grade 5 art journal covers using scrap paper, pencils and textas.
This year I have changed the grade 5 journal cover completely after seeing this gem on Pinterest. This elements of art activity is by Michelle from Tiny Art Room, a wonderful art teacher’s blog. You can check out her step by step instructions by clicking on the link above.
It was a terrific way for the students to show me their understanding of the elements of art and decorate their journal cover at the same time!
Initially I showed the students a scribbly mock up I had done of what a finished cover COULD look like and then I demonstrated the simple ruling up of the different sections. The students DID NOT have to follow my layout though. As long as their cover demonstrated the seven elements of art and had a clearly readable title and their name and grade, they could use whatever layout they came up with.
I then asked one of my magnificent Art Ambassadors to come up with a grade 5 cover for me and Farheen did a fantastic job, in A3 size instead of A4, so it would be easy for the students to see after I clipped it onto the whiteboard. Brilliant! And of course, I forgot to photograph it! 🙁
I’ll update this post with a photo of it when I get back to school as we are on end of Term 1 holidays and won’t go back to school until after Easter. 🙂
I have found that I prefer to use student samples whenever I can. It makes a huuuuuge difference! It doesn’t matter how many times I tell the students that their artwork doesn’t have to look exactly like mine, and I give them plenty of options for choice, about 85% of artworks would look as close to my sample as possible. Always….. doesn’t matter what I say…… always!This is greatly reduced when I show a range of student created samples. This is one of the great benefits of photographing student artworks.
I was also surprised at how many students struggled with ruling up the cover that I demonstrated for them. And I did demonstrate it for them, once altogether and then at every table and then for many individuals that just weren’t getting it. They did not have to use my way of dividing up the A4 piece of paper to fit the elements of art in. They could do it any way they liked but few tried anything else, even though they were struggling to rule it up. They really couldn’t figure out how I ruled up the sections! It was like I was doing some amazing magic trick every time I demonstrated it!!!
These students are in Grade 5 and most of them had NO IDEA how to RULE A STRAIGHT LINE WITH A RULER! They didn’t even have to measure anything, just rule up straight lines diagonally from corner to corner. They actually had no idea how to put pressure on the ruler with the fingers of your hand without the pencil to hold the ruler still! I will use this video next time so I won’t need to be explaining it over and over and over again.
So this says to me that at Grade 5 level they had never done this before! How is that possible? Don’t they have to measure lengths in maths? Or rule up shapes? They certainly did the last time I taught maths and it wasn’t that long ago!
Well, ruler struggles aside, I will definitely be using this cover idea again for grade 5 as the students that persevered and finished their covers did a really fantastic job. These are artworks to be proud of! Thanks for looking and I know the students would love it if you left a comment!