This week the fifth graders continued work on their spectacular sport trophies. The wire and foil figures are now posed and wrapped with plaster wrap. Almost all have been stapled to wooden bases. Our fifth graders have experience working with plaster (see this post and this post) so almost all finished wrapping the figures during our 40 minute class.
Don’t you love the poses and accessories?
Skier with popsicle stick skis and bamboo skewer poles.
Here’s a ‘wrap up’ (get it?) of all the steps so far:
wire armature made from two pieces of 18 inch pre-cut floral wire
Draw a front view of the face. Make a simple contour and touch all four sides of the paper.
Turn paper over: the black lines from the first side should be visible!
Now draw a simple profile of a face, including nose and lips. The profile should touch the top, bottom and one side of the paper.
Put sketch in labeled storage bag.
Flip sketch over. Draw profile view (note front view is barely visible)
Pass out bags, markers, and two 4 ft. lengths of 14-gauge Sculpture Wire per student. Students should turn sketch to the front view. Bend one wire around oval sketch. Overlap ends and wrap to secure.
Trace front view with wire
Flip the sketch to the reverse. Place end of second wire at top of profile and bend wire to follow sketch. Overlap ends and wrap to secure. You may have excess wire – do not cut this off yet.
Trace profile in wire.
Put sketch + wires in labeled storage bag.
Remove wire portrait pieces from bag and insert the front view through the profile. Secure at joints at top and bottom of face using pre-cut wire and any excess wire. Give students a short piece of wire for ‘glasses’. Add ‘C’ shaped wire ears if desired (or bend out ears from face wires).
Insert the profile into the front view and secure. Add a short wire for eyes.
Side view of assembled wire portrait. Ready to embellish with pipe cleaners, beads, pot scrubbers and sequins.
Colored wire (or pipe cleaners) make fun hair and eyes.
Suspend from ceiling with string or fishing line, or link faces together with paper clip ‘S’ hooks for a giant mobile.
Calder-inspired wire portraits hang in chains at school art show.
Most of the 5th graders at our schools have at least one trophy – for soccer, baseball, basketball, dance, etc. Each year the fifth graders create their own sport trophy sculptures using wire, foil and plaster wrap.
2012 is an Olympic year. We begin by looking at photos of Olympic athletes in all sorts of sports. We talked about dynamic poses – athletes in motion – and how much more interesting they are than static poses.
Welcome to the royal art room! The first grade recently finished their royal self portraits.
First graders create a portrait of themselves as princes or princesses. Allow 3-4 40-minute classes.
white paper, 12″x18″
pencils and erasers
self-portrait template (optional)
several shades of skin-colored tempera (thinned with water)
sequins, ribbons and lace
We started out by looking at photos of royal gear: crowns, swords, jewels, and medals. Students began by drawing the face, neck and torso. Then they added crowns and fine clothes. Most drew castles in the background – some even added their ‘royal’ pets!
The skin was painted with thinned tempera. We painted the rest with regular and metallic pan watercolors. Tiny details (such as eyes) were colored in with crayon.
The students outlined the dry art with Sharpies. ‘Jewels’ (sequins), ribbons and lace were glued on for a final touch.
Students outlined their (dry) paintings with Sharpies.
Sequins make fabulous jewels.
Scraps of ribbon and lace make royal clothing extra fancy.
And here are the fabulous results!
A royal knight.
Some students chose to draw themselves as knights. I wrote about it in this post.