Thursday, October 24, 2013

TEXTURE - Metal Repoussé - 6th Grade

Sinking Springs 6th grade artists created non-objective or symbolic, metal repoussé designs that focused on line, pattern, and TEXTURE. 
Repoussé is a type of low relief sculpture in which form projects from a background. Repoussé is a French word which means to push. 

Using the Repoussé method, students created their metal reliefs by pushing the metal foil with dull pencils and wooden tools.  Completed foil designs were then "antiqued" using black india ink and steel wool, and/or coloring with sharpie markers. 

Next, students matted their artwork and were presented with the challenge
of continuing their 3-D design onto the 2-D surface of their construction paper using color pencils and/or metallic markers.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Thank you to  h_mazzuto at Art, Paper, Scissors, Glue for the basic idea for this lesson. 

Our 5th grade artists reviewed the primary, secondary, and complementary colors and why they are positioned where they are on the color wheel. We then talked about the intermediate or tertiary colors and how we can mix specific primary and secondary colors to create them. For example yellow
and green mix to make yellow-green.

1. Students traced a circle template on their 12"x12"white drawing paper. 
They also marked their circle with the 12 markers on the template. These
marks were on each template to use as a guide on where to draw the lines
to create the 12 triangles for their color wheel.

2. Students drew the lines connecting the opposite marks on their circles,
 making sure they intersected the center point on their circle.

3. The students then lightly marked the initials for each color in the
appropriate triangles as a reminder of what color to paint them.

                              4. Two tempera paint containers with two easel brushes at each color
                                  were placed on each of the six tables in the room. The students took
                                   turns painting their triangles the corresponding colors.

                             5. The next art class the students were given a white paper triangle
                                  the size of the triangles of the color wheel. The drew and cut out
                                  a shape to use as a repetitive pattern on their color wheel.

                              6. The students traced their shape 12 times on another piece of white
                                  drawing paper.

                             7. They then painted each of the twelve shapes. When they were dry
                                 they cut them out glued them onto the colors complementary color.

                            8. This project makes a striking display in the hallway!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs

This project was actually done last March. As I was looking through my project photos I realized it was never posted. I think the results for last years Hex Signs are particularly successful. The student artists were directed to create a traditional or modern design for a Hex Sign.

 In fourth grade our students study Pennsylvania. As an introduction to this lesson we talked about the Pennsylvania Dutch and how they made many types of folk art to decorate their surroundings. One form of folk art they made was hex signs. Hex signs are usually designed in a round or radial shape. 
The fourth grade student artists were given handouts on PA Dutch Hex sign designs. We talked about how some of them are symmetrical, some have borders, and others have images of things they were familiar with. We also talked about how the PA Dutch painted their hex signs with bright colors. Certain colors were also considered symbolic.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


We tried  a variety of symmetrical design projects in fourth grade this year.  Some of the classes continued the symmetrical name project we did in previous years. It is still a good lesson on symmetry, transferring, adding their own creative details, and just FUN!

 The project above was created by James.

 This is Grace's symmetrical name design.

 Will created this project.

Kyle did an awesome job on his piece.

Robbie's craftsmanship is outstanding in his.

Another type of symmetrical design some of the classes
 did was with line without writing their names.

Ethan liked this project so much he made a second
 one at home and brought it to school to display.

Sarah's technique of outlining the shapes with 
marker and filling in with crayon looks very polished.

A third form of symmetry some of our fourth grade artists
worked on was radial symmetry.

Emma decided to fill in many of the areas with color
which is very eye catching.

Holly created a colorful design using detailed patterning. 

The last form of symmetry some of our fourth
 grade artists designed resembled a kaleidoscope.
Nicely done Robbie!

Annabell was able to include the mirror image of her name.

JD has some really cool line work in the center of his.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Self-Portrait Mixed Media Sculptures - 5th

This one class project was a lot of fun to create as well as view by others! Our 5th grade artists did not hesitate to get started making their pipe cleaner stick figures come to life with expressive faces, detailed clothing and imaginative backgrounds.
We were able to display many of these at our beginning of the year open house. They looked awesome!

Monday, September 17, 2012


We are all excited to begin a great year of creating art at Sinking Springs Elementary. Our fourth grade artists started out the year by being given their art seats, having a brief discussion on Art Room Rules and practicing "Give me Five". Each student also made a special name tent to set out during art class. While the students were making their name tents I took a picture of each student for the seating chart. Next class we will start our first art lesson.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Line, Shape, Pattern, Value Name Project - Fifth Grade

Patterns can make a drawing so interesting and fun to look at! 

Fifth grade artist chose an animal or object to draw in pencil using LINES to create the SHAPES that make up what they chose. They were instructed to fill the SPACE of their paper in an interesting way. 

Next they wrote the letters of their first name inside the shape. They tried to stretch the LINES