How many different colors can you make? This is the question I am asking every student in every grade. We are making color charts using only the primary colors, white, and black; mixing secondary colors, tints, and shades to create a diverse palatte is the goal in this creative exercise. The end product is visually interesting, too!
Welcome back to school! Instead of "hitting the books" we begin the year making sketchbooks, using the accordion fold and simple stitch techniques. We are also growing visual literacy skills through storytelling in art. Looking at works by Faith Rinngold, students engage in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to think deeply and discuss as a group, how an artist effectively shares a message. Then, we fill the pages of our sketchbooks, using various materials to render the elements of art and draw stories from memory and imagination. The best part is sharing our work at the end of class, everyone eagerly displays their picture and tells their story!
Sketchbooks are a great place to practice art so I encourage students to utilize their new bookmaking techniques at home! Paper of any shape or size may be used to form a book; the sky is the limit, so be creative!
Look at Church Picnic Story Quilt by Faith Ringgold.
Read more about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).
Hello from the studio at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School! My name is Jillian Luse and I work with emerging artists in kindergarten through fifth grade. This is our online gallery, a space to share what we learn and create.