Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In the Art Room: The Magritte Project, Three

Whatcha got here is the finale to the Mega-Magritte Project. This was seriously like the project that kept on giving. Aaaaaaand giving. Which I loved because I could tie in so much. But I do believe the 3rd grade and I are ready to move on.
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Aaaaand, what was I saying?

Ah, yeah, if you're new, welcome, pull up a chair, introduce yourself, grab a snack, sit back and relax. But, please, try not to fall asleep. The snoring becomes a little off-putting and makes it hard for the rest of the readers to doze off.


Magritte! I began by introducing the dude with a coupla books, visuals and, of course, a costume...

Which was probably one of the worst artist costumes to date because I couldn't see anything; my annoying loud voice echoed off the back of the apple and hurt my ears; and, to top it all off, all I could smell was my own breath. Which smelled like coffee and the Altoids I consume to mask the smell. That I now know doesn't work.
We chatted a lot about this particular piece and just exactly what the meaning of Surrealism is. We decided that it was something that looked real but couldn't possibly be real. The book Dinner at Magritte's by Michael Garland had loads of examples of that.

I decided that the 3rd grade was going to create a Mega-Magritte Mural. You can see the full lesson and finished product here. To break it down for you, the kids painted a 12" X 18" piece of paper with a tint and shade of blue. Then they used oil pastels to add stars and clouds. On the backs of their paper, they were to trace two birds, one Day and one Night. Again, head here for clear details (I'm too tired to retype it all!).

For the mural, the kids were to donate one of their birds. Their spare bird was then used in a 9" X 12" tissue paper landscape collage. That lesson can be seen here.

We chatted bunches about analogous colors for the sky and how to decide upon a color palette that would best contrast their bird.
And then we were left with these amazing negative shaped papers after we cut our birds out. I couldn't bear just recycling them. So I turned it into a literary lesson which lead to the creation of something called The Compliment Game! Here's how it worked:
  • Each student was given a 6" X 10" piece of Rolyco's Color Diffusing paper. It has the look and feel (and does the exact same thing) as a coffee filter. The kids were to write their name and teacher code on the back. 
  • We chatted about what a compliment was. We also discussed character words. And similes. Then the kids were given one minute to fill their page with words that best described the person that they are. For this, they used warm colored water-based markers.
  • When the minute was up, they were to trade papers with their neighbors. Again, the timer was set and they were to write complimentary words that described their friend.
  • Once the timer went off, the kids swapped papers with the person across from them. They had to read the back of the paper to know who they were writing about.
  • Timer off. Swap with neighbor. One more round.
  • After the fourth and final round, the kids were given back their papers. And you should have seen them. They loved reading what their friends had written about them! It was so sweet. 
  • Then they were to chose the words that they felt best described them and make them permanent. For this, they traced the words in sharpie, still using the warm colors.
  • Lastly, the papers were placed on a styrofoam plate and painted with water. Below is the result.

Now, for the cool color paper, I tried a couple different things. We didn't play the game this time. Instead one class (the one you are seeing) wrote words that told the person they would like to become. What they dreamed they could be. Which was pretty cerebral for 'em. 

For another class, we wrote words that described what we are like on the outside since that was the opposite of the words that described our character. This seemed much easier for them. If they ran out of words, they could ask a friend. Although, you gotta be sure an emphasis compliment again as I do believe I read "stinky feet" on someone's paper. Thankfully, Senor Stinky Feet has a good sense of humor. The last paper was also traced in sharpie and painted.
For our final step, we added our wordy papers to our negative shaped birds. And, viola! We can finally close our Magritte-y Chapter. 

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1 comment:

  1. Love the addition of the words!

    And Dinner at Magritte's had got to be my all-time favorite book for introducing artists to kids. They love looking for all the hidden 'Kevin is Pierre' messages in the artwork, as well as the little surreal details in the artwork.


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