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Emphasizing Dots January 12, 2014

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Happy New Year!

In Drawing Lab, students have been learning about the elements of art and principles of design.  Before vacation, they learned about emphasis.  Artists use emphasis to draw your attention to one particular part over others.  Emphasis can be shown through size, color, placement, detail, and shape.

Using only dots, students were challenged to emphasize one dot by using size, color, and placement.  Can you tell which one they were targeting?

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Branding themselves! November 21, 2013

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The 3rd-5th graders have finished their logo designs, creating brands for themselves!  Choosing their most successful sketch, students created 4 finished versions of it, with subtle changes.  These logos feature the students’ initials, and are meant to be simple, one piece, and understandable.

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Next up, the students tackle a Morse School logo!


Logo sketches November 8, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 5:03 pm

Grades 3-5 are still taking Drawing Lab this year, a second art class per week!  Last year, we focused on observational drawing skills, and this year the focus is more on design and elements and principles of design.

The students have been challenged to create a logo for themselves, using only their initials as their design.  (Imagine the logos for Yahoo, MTV, PlayStation, and Toyota as inspiration).  Their 3 goals for the sketches are compact, simple, and understandable.  In the coming weeks, students will narrow down their sketches to more official logos, and may even design a Morse logo!

Here are their initial sketches and ideas:

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Drawing Lab posters June 14, 2013

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It’s been a week of breakfast celebrations for the 3rd-5th graders.  To help their parents and teachers, the students created informative posters of key terms.  The posters needed to include a definition, a picture illustrating the definition, and a third component providing additional information about the term.



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Ready and waiting June 7, 2013

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The Super Still Life Improvement Awards have been made, and they’re patiently waiting for next week.  Next week, the 3rd-5th graders are coming to the Art Studio for a breakfast celebration where they’ll be sharing their year-long work in Drawing Lab.  After observing the students, taking notes, and assessing their work, I’ve selected 3 students from each class to earn these awards.  I’ll be presenting them at the breakfasts.

A reminder about the breakfasts:

3rd Grade: Wednesday, June 12th
4th Grade: Thursday, June 13th
5th Grade: Friday, June 14th

All breakfasts are 8:15-9am, in the Art Studio!  Please bring breakfast snacks to share.



Most Improved! May 22, 2013

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Drawing Lab is coming to a close.  Back in September, 3rd-5th graders drew still lifes.  We’ve been saving those drawings all year, learning drawing skills and techniques along the way.  Currently, students are re-drawing the same still life.  With new knowledge of 3d volumes, shading techniques, shadows, negative space, color blending, etc., all students can expect to see improvement.  From a 4th grade class, I’ve picked 3 drawings that show the most improvement.  Expect to see more soon!







Happy Pi Day! March 14, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 3:56 pm

Instead of pie, we made cakes!  In Drawing Lab, 3rd-5th graders needed a bonus project to work on in case they finished their current project early.  I decided to take a Wayne Thiebaud painting and crop it into various pieces.  Students could work on enlarging the squares as they finished their work.  This fit in nicely with the cubism unit we just finished.  With each square worked on by many different students, the pieces didn’t really fit together perfectly.  But it did turn out to be a perfect cubist version of Thiebaud’s painting!

The original:



And, the collaborative cubist version by the 3rd-5th graders: