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Koi Fish Pond

This project — inspired by Art With Mrs. Nguyen — is a 10/10. The process was something fun and different for my art club students and the product is absolutely stunning.

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On the first day, we looked at Koi fish in traditional and contemporary Asian art. We also watched a relaxing video of koi fish swimming around in a pond. Students used a handout from Mrs. Nguyen’s TpT store to sketch koi in their sketchbook. They were also allowed to put their paper together with their friend’s to create a collaborative design. They were reminded to show depth by overlapping and make their composition more interesting by making some fish go off the page.

Next, each student was given a sheet of 12×18 inch water color paper. They copied their design onto the big paper and traced over their lines with oil pastels. Then, they used liquid water color and salt to paint. I set up a water color station on an extra table so students could get their own paint.

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The painting took a couple of weeks because students were very meticulous about their color choices and sprinkling of salt to create a textured effect. In the end, these turned out to be absolutely beautiful.

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Awesome job art club!

 

 

 


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Surrealism Perspective Rooms

When I saw these cool surrealistic rooms on Pinterest, I knew it would be a great project for my 4th graders. We began by talking about perspective, space, and Surrealism. Students loved the works by Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte and were particularly inspired by Magritte’s Les valeurs personnelles (Personal Values).

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They noticed that Surrealism artwork is dream-like and has aspects that are both real and fantastic. We also talked about perspective and creating the illusion of space. This video showed students step-by-step how to create a space for a room in 1-point perspective. This project aligned really nicely with the 4th grade math unit that was going on. They were studying angles and this knowledge came in handy when they began to draw their rooms.

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After the basic framework was made, 4th graders used markers, crayons, and colored pencils to color the walls, floors, and ceilings. They even added a window and a door. Students were also given magazines to cut out pictures to add to their creations. They loved flipping through the magazines and finding silly advertisements or pictures of luxury items to add to their artwork.

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The kids really loved this project; it allowed fro so much creative freedom and personal expression. Many of them designed their “dream room” with themes ranging from boy bands to video games. Overall it was a great project!

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 There was a great connection here to pop cultural and visual references. Some students probably could have spent several more weeks adding details to their designs but they are excited to begin weaving when we return from Spring Break. 🙂