After baking a cake, we had some leftover frosting (or icing) and decided to make some symmetrical designs with it. Fortunately, we had some plastic bags that were specifically designed for "piping" or decorating a cake, however, a plastic baggie with a small corner cut out can work as well. Reminder: a symmetrical design is a composition with an imaginary center line that has design elements that are similar on both sides of the center line. We simply piped symmetrical designs onto clean dinner plates. If you have multiple colors, give that a try too. This was a fun activity. We practiced our design skills. And the art tasted good too!
Fun With Flour
Drawing can take place with many different materials other than paper and pencil. Drawing is frequently defined as "a dot that moves" or simply as "making marks". In this post, my daughter Lucy and her friend made some drawings by moving their fingers through baking flour. I'm not encouraging you to waste food, I'm just demonstrating one alternative way to draw. If you spilled some flour, sugar, salt or pepper from a baking project, instead of throwing it away, make a drawing with it. In the pictures below, my assistants used both of their fingers to draw symmetrical designs. Drawing with both fingers at the same time is also really good for your brain as it opens up the pathway between the left and right hemispheres of your brain - resulting in more creative thinking potential. Another option might be to draw in the sand at a beach or use a burnt end of a stick left over from a fire pit. Get creative and try to make marks and draw lines in unique and different ways. Have fun and keep making art!
Viewpoint in Visual Art:
Viewpoint is all how we look at something and how we think about something. As an artist, we are in control of the viewpoint that we use in our visual compositions. As an artist, we guide the viewpoint to the viewer (the person who is viewing your artwork) to hopefully see the world in new way or to experience the world in a new way. This week, I want to challenge you to view and experience the world around you with a new and different viewpoint.
Take a walk outside in nature, walk around your house, or even explore the inside your house. As you look at things, try to see them in a different way - here are some examples:
1) Look at things both close-up and from a distance; the bark or berries on a tree; the leaves on a shrub.
2) Look at things from a different angle, such as: lay under a tree and look upwards. Or, get down close to a plant that bursting up through the soil.
This art adventure can be completed with a camera, drawing materials, or painting materials. I’ve attached some examples using a camera to show viewpoint - The camera I used was on phone. The photographs that I took were in my backyard. It was fun to get outside and walk, get some sunlight (ultraviolet rays kill viruses), and to see the world from a new viewpoint. Please post a photo of your “viewpoint” artwork or email a photo to me. Have fun and be safe.
The primary purpose of this blog is to keep the PCS community informed of current art news and activities at PCS. This blog will also serve as a tool for encouraging student creativity and artistic expression. Members of the PCS community are invited to participate in this blog by adding your comments. This blog will be maintained to ensure a positive and supportive environment. Should you have any issues or concerns, please contact me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*While school is suspended, I will be posting some weekly "home-based" Art enrichment ideas.* These are not graded assignment, only optional ideas for your enrichment.
K-6 Visual Art teacher at PCS
Jonathan Graffius is the K-6 Visual art teacher at PCS. Jonathan's personal art consists of paintings, oil pastels, photography and sculpture. The primary purpose of this blog is to keep the PCS community informed of current art news and activities at PCS. This blog will also serve as a tool for encouraging student creativity and artistic expression. Members of the PCS community are invited to participate in this blog by adding your comments. This blog will be maintained to ensure a positive and supportive environment. Should you have any issues or concerns, please contact me directly at: email@example.com.