Thursday, September 12, 2013

Kindergarten pattern names

After our first art project, where we learned about and drew different types of lines-zig zag, wavy, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, dotted, etc, we learned about pattern. We read the book "Pattern Bugs" and learned to find patterns all around us. We began by writing out our names as largely as possible on 6inx18in paper. Using crayons and oil pastels, we found shapes in our letters and in between our letters. Within each shape we repeated one line type to make a different pattern. On the following week of art class, we read the book " I ain't gonna paint no more". We discussed how to properly and effectively use watercolor paints and painted a different color within each shapes. The oil based crayons and pastels resisted the watercolor, allowing our lines to show through.

5th grade radial name designs

5th grade artists learned about the three types of balance--symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial balance. We focused on radial balalance. Radial balance has a center axis and the design radiates from the center and repeats around the axis. We found radial balance in nature in flowers and starfish and also found it in human made objects like bike wheels, pinwheels and clocks. Our artwork uses our name, radially balanced and repeated eight times to create a colorful, unique, abstract, radial design.