May 19, 2011

Line Design w/Shading - 4th Grade



It's that time of year again!  The Line Design project I do with 4th grade every year is turning out wonderful!  I have some great artists in the 4th grade, and even some of the ones that struggle are doing well with this project.  I have included the link back to the steps so you can try it yourself!

29 comments:

  1. I borrowed your idea earlier in the year to use w/my 5th graders. Had some very nice work so I'm doubly impressed at the quality of your 4th grade artists!

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  2. I really like that with the shading. jan

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  3. I MUST remember to give this a try with my older kids next year!! Wonder what happens when you use different kinds of lines (straight, zig-zag, etc.). I'm intrigued -- time to get out the sketchbook and do a little doodling to experiment! thanks

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  4. I "stole" this idea last year, and again this year, and I love the results. Everyone is successful!

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  5. Any words of advice for colored pencils...they are ALWAYS breaking!!! I try to avoid them because the kids and I get frustrated. Love the project!

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    1. As an artist, I use really expensive colored pencils and this happens a lot. If you ever notice that after the kids sharpen them and the new sharpened color tip just falls right out, its a result of the inside of the pencil being broken. This means the pencil has been dropped a lot or something to break up the inside. What you want to do is toss the pencils in the microwave for a small amount of time (2-5 second intervals) so that it will fuse/melt the inside back into one piece. Don't microwave them too much for it will also ruin them or they will melt completely. Very messy.

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  6. Colored pencils are one of my fav! They do break a lot though...I just have my kids sharpen them a little. I have small lidded bowls on each table with two sharpeners in them. This allows both kids to sharpen at the same time. Crayola and Rose Art are a bit harder lead..and don't seem to break as much.

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  7. Question. . . where did you come up with this idea? What was the inspiration? It's a unique design. . . is it inspired by any op art?

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  8. I just love this project! It's easily executed and the results are spectacular. Thanks for sharing it.

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  9. This looks so cool! I'm definitely going to try it out.
    BTW shouldn't that be "INcluding", teacher? ;)

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  10. Can you do a video..... im not an artist and my students are confused!! Please and thank you

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  11. Thanks so so much for these awesome instructions. I'm doing these now with my Grade 5s and they're turning out fabulous! :)

    Danielle @ http://artroomwithaview.blogspot.ca/

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  12. I teach Ceramics and I am seeing this as a really interesting design to carve onto a pot. Thanks!

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  13. I've taught this project for 6-7 years now, first with high school, now with the middle school. If the correct technique is used, it comes out awesome. This includes overlapping lines to create value, starting each arc where you left off to avoid "paperclips and mushrooms", changing direction to create movement, and varying size from small to large (and back again) to create the appearance of depth and moving back in space or coming forward. I like the work in just b/w as the color can distort the value of the overlapping lines-arcs.

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  14. This is an awesome, eye-popping project! I do a similar optical illusion art with circles, straight lines, and wavy lines (or "ribbons" of line), but I think I may swap that out for this one this year! Thanks for the wonderful blog, Mr. E!

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  15. Could u use the letter of the kids name. Then use the lines or would it just blend in? I'm not art person . This looks like fun.

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  16. Anonymous, that is an interesting idea!! I might have to give it a try!

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  17. I used to do this when i was a kid but start with bubble letters and layer them to fill the whole page. It was addicting!

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  18. If you need more ideas. Try Zentangle they use this design a lot plus a lot more ideas. It is easy calms the mind lets you relax and put in touch with your inner self.

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  19. Hey, what a interesting idea! I liked it very much..
    - Paper crafts in Dubai

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  20. This is an interesting idea, I love the colors. As soon as I send this message, I'm going to try it. Thank you so much!

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  21. Forget my last entry; once I followes the first set of steps it started to make sense. I was thinking too much rather than attempting it.
    Don't think.
    Just start with the center line with the dots spaced out about every two inches, then do "lips" or "leaves" in a sort of figure 8 pattern. Then do the same shape in a concentric pattern around each shape. Once you get to the 3rd or 4th concentric shape it starts to make sense.

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    1. James, also if you look through my blog...you will find a Deluxe Edition of this...and I have more photos & more information.

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  22. I've been doing some Zentangles this past year , seen this Pattern of yours and love it. If your teaching it to forth graders surely I can do it. I love the three demential look it gives. Thank you for sharing.

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  23. im not a teacher but this is cool... how do you do that?

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  24. so nice art using lines.....wow

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  25. can u make a video

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