RiverLink Asheville recently held an art and poetry contest celebrating the river. Inspired by this, 2nd grade students created artwork based on what they see, smell, hear, feel and think while at the river. 4 students from each class were selected to be submitted to the contest. Details are HERE . Their work will be on display at Ab-tech library April 18th-May 17th. The reception and awards ceremony will be held April 18th at 2pm.
To learn about tints, shades, and complementary colors, 4th grade students created colorful radial paintings.
When the students came into class, I had written on the board:
We discussed how these different words are used in conversation. Shades are another word for sunglasses. Shade is the area that is hidden from the sun and is in shadows. A 'compliment' is when you tell someone you like something about them. Tint is a word used when windows are darkened (unfortunately this is misleading).
In art terms, a Tint is a color plus white.
A Shade is a color plus black.
Complementary colors are those opposite of each other on the color wheel. For instance, orange and blue are complements, red and green are complements, and yellow and purple are complements.
Students each began by doing a complementary colors. They chose the two complements they wanted to use and began by painting one color dot on their page. Next they added just a teeny tiny bit of the complementary color to that color, mixed it well, then painted a thin ring around the dot. Next, again, they added a teeny tiny bit of the complementary color, mixed it well, then painted a ring around the first. Students continued this until they filled up the entire sheet of paper.
The next class students did the same technique with tints and shades. For the tints, students started with a white dot in the center and slowly added a color to it. For the shade, students began with a color dot in the middle and slowly added black.
To finish up this project, students each selected their two (of the three) favorite paintings and glued them down on black paper together. While they were doing this, I heard multiple students saying things such as "My mom is going to love this" and "These turned out so pretty" and other joyful exclamations!
Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of these in-process. The good thing is that the reason I didn't get any pictures is because it was such an engaging, complicated project. Students were fully engaged and challenged, and I was as well.
Each students began with a slab of clay. They cut it into an interesting organic shape and cut out a hole in the middle. The hole should be about as large as your fist. Around the outside of the hole, there must be an ODD amount of small holes poked through to create the loom. Texture was then added.
To glaze the clay, each student selected two colors and had to blend the two colors in an interesting way. Some did a gradation from top to bottom, others did a circle of color around the big hole and blended the other color to the outside.
Once clay had been glazed and fired, we had to create the loom for the students to weave on. We found that there is a sort of equation of how to do this in order to work. This took a lot of trial and error.
In order for this to work, the students had to begin by flipping their ceramic piece over and using a sharpie to number their holes 1-whatever odd number. Then students tied on a piece of embroidery string to hole #1 and double knotted it. Next they had to go across to the next hole, which depending on how many holes they had, would be a different number. So for instance (see above) if the ceramic piece has 15 holes, the string must go from hole 1, across the middle space, and through the top (glazed side of clay) into hole 8. Next the string goes underneath (unglazed side of clay) to hole 9 and up and across to number 2. Next it goes underneath, through hole 3 and across to hole 10. Continue to do this until there are no more holes left, then the end of the string will get tied to the center area, where all f the strings cross. Doing this creates an odd number of strings going from center to edge for weaving. This was probably the most difficult part of the entire project. But it was worth it to work through this with the students.
Next students selected yarn and tied that to the center of the strings and simply wove the yarn in and out and in and out of the strings to create a colorful radial pattern. Some students used only one color, others used many. I left that decision up to them.
When the projects were finished, I added wire to the pieces so that students can hang them on their walls. They turned out absolutely beautiful. The project took a total of five 45 minute class periods.