Thursday, September 29, 2016

Earth Patterns Too!

Every year, our fabulous art department creates a parish-wide art exhibit for our students.  So all teachers, at all levels teach all of their students this lesson and then we get to pick some student art to put in the exhibit.  As an art teacher, I love it.  Every year I get a new project idea to use in class- it keeps me from getting bored.

This years exhibit is called Earth Patterns Too.  The purpose of the exhibit is to raise awareness for our Earth and all the living things on it.  After all, if we don't take care of it, who will?  We also had a heavy focus on the use of pattern- inspired by all of the amazing adult coloring books out there these days.  By the way, did you know that they are the number one selling book out on the market today?  Adult coloring books in general that is.

So, I had my students choose an animal they wanted to paint.  We then used the grid method to enlarge it and redraw it on a 10x10 board.  After the students drew the animals, we began painting them.  They had the choice to paint them in realistic colors or crazy colors.  The last step was to add patterns to our animals.  Patterns could be added to the animal itself, the background, or both.  Overall, the students did great!!  Very proud of all of their hardwork :)

Here are some examples