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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Op-Art with 2nd, 3rd, & 4th graders!

I was inspired by  Mrs. Brown's Art (http://www.mrsbrownart.com/3rd.htm) 3rd grade op-art checkerboards & her warm & cool colors shape designs.  So I just mashed them into one project!
We learned about M.C. Escher & Bridgett Riley, discussed their works, & ways they are different & similar.

I was surprised to see just how fascinated the kids were with optical illusions & op-art!  I had parents stop me in the hallway & tell me how much their child loved op-art.  That made me feel pretty good!

Back to the art.... 2nd graders created a basic vertical line pattern using 2 different colors of marker & had to add shapes to their paper.  I found that some of them needed help creating their A/B pattern of colors, but overall they turned out very successful.  I reminded all students to, "Keep coloring.  Go back & color some more.  Fill in all the white spaces.  No really, keep coloring."  Haha.  I think I became a little annoying to them, but when they were one they were all very proud of their work & so was I!

First we used rulers to make our straight lines, then used tracers to make out shapes, then we outlined everything in Sharpie, & lastly we colored it all in!  

For 3rd grade, we did the same thing, but we created wavy lines.  We talked about baby, medium, & large waves & how they're all different.  Then we added one shape that repeated outward.  That was a very hard concept for a lot of them - that the shape could go off of the paper.  Next year, I'll have to find a better way to describe that to the kids.  Either way though, I think their work turned out amazing!


Well this is my very first post on my very first blog ever!  I thought that it would be fun to start a blog of what's happening in the art room for others to enjoy as much as we do in the classroom.  We've been in school since August, but I've finally got settled enough to create it!  

So step into the art room with me!

There is a reason the title of my blog is "Miss McCracken's Magical Days".  Every day when the students are on their way out of the art room door, I make sure to tell them, "Have a _____ day!"  The blank is filled in with whatever adjective I can come up with, great, happy, magical, fantastical, glorious, awesome, wonderful, you get my point.  It's fun for me also when on the way out the door they tell me to, "have a ____ day".  They make me feel good everyday & I hope I'm making them feel the same way!