Sunday, October 30, 2011


Our fourth grade artists had a COLOR THEORY lesson on the complementary colors. COMPLEMENTARY COLORS are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. These opposite colors create CONTRAST in an artwork. If some of a colors complement is added to it, the INTENSITY of that color will be duller. 

The artists began by folding their paper, opening it, and drawing half of the outline of their creatures face on one side of the fold. Next they folded the paper again and cut the shape out to create a full face. To make the 3D nose, they either extended their drawing of the face and brought it down to tape it or made it separately. 

They continued by drawing the details of their creatures face with pencil and TRANSFERRED the features they chose to make SYMMETRICAL. The last step was to color their creatures with a complementary color scheme. We had an exciting time with this lesson!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Fourth Grade Artists used the lines and shapes in the letters of their  names to create a SYMMETRICAL NAME DESIGN. They began by folding their paper to establish a LINE OF SYMMETRY. Next they wrote their names on the fold with a primary pencil. They tried to stretch out their letters to fill the SPACE. They then  folded their paper with their name on the inside and used a smooth hard object (we used the bottom of a sharpie) to rub where their name was written to TRANSFER the lines and shapes to the other side of paper. A MIRROR IMAGE was created.

The artists used their creative thinking to complete the project by adding details and coloring their design to continue the symmetrical BALANCE.

They are so much fun to look at!