Sunday, March 2, 2014

Forest Grove and Bauer Elementary: Farms and Forms

Wow!  First graders continue to amaze me with their skills!  The only tool we used to create these drawings was a parallelogram stencil! I decided I would give each child their own parallelogram to trace since the parallelogram is the hardest part of drawing a cube.  This was a new shape for most students and we certainly discovered how useful it could be!

First we traced the parallelogram in the middle of the paper.  Then we used the side with the green line as a straightedge.  This also gave the children a reference point for line lengths and directions.  We talked a lot about line directions and relationships: horizontal, vertical, diagonal and parallel.

Check out this "how to" video I created to show you how I taught the kids this lesson!  I these videos can be a great resource for other teachers and families at home!

The Barn Drawing Video: I don't like to use stencils  for entire pictures.  Usually, if I give one to the kids I only use them to help students understand how big to make the first shape.  This was a new idea that I came up with that took stencil use to the next level! Enjoy!

On a step by step project like this, we always start with pencil.  We do the toughest part on both sides of the paper (the barn in this example) and the kids decide which of their own drawings is best.  Then they edit the better drawing.  Once the kids learn to do this process (2 drawings) it helps them stay positive and keep moving forward.  Even when the kids make a mistake they know they will be able to do a second drawing and edit the best one later.  Usually, half the kids pick their first drawing and the other half choose their second drawing.  I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I have!

Learning Goals: I can...
- Show line directions and relationships: horizontal, vertical, diagonal and parallel
- Explain which 3D shapes (forms) were used to create this picture (cube and cylinder) 
- Use a parallelogram as a tool for drawing (as a stencil, a straight edge and to estimate distances)
Paint and color carefully
- Explain what an architect does (art careers)

Inspiration for this project came from here.

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