Friday, November 1, 2013
Students in various classes created these Dia de Los Muertos sugar skulls. We read a book on Day of the Dead and watched a great short video. As a class we drew the skulls and independently students added their symmetrical designs. We added color and practiced shading using metallic colored pencils. Some students had time to add a pattern onto their black paper frame as well. These examples are from fourth grade.
4th grade artists looked closely at the artwork of Brigit Riley and Victor Vasarely. They are credited with founding "optical art" or op art. It is artwork that attempts to play on the weaknesses of the human eye. This type of art features 3-d looking imagery, often abstract, on a 2-d surface. We also studied the colorwheel and used complementary colors for added pop and contrast in our images.