We start by looking at a number of paintings and prints by Charley Harper, who was a Cincinnatian.
Previously during this project I didn't see as much experimentation with the placement of shapes and use of shapes as I had wanted to. The results were not as "Harper-esque" as I would have liked them to be. This time around I encouraged the students to experiment with the arrangement of the shapes and look at photos of the animal they were making, and simplify the animal into geometric shapes. The students use stencils to trace, and I added a larger circle stencil to our collection. I demonstrated how to get a half circle by tracing a circle, cutting it out and folding it in half and then cutting on the crease. Fold a half circle in half and cut that in half. For eyes or tiny circles the students used a hole punch.
Below are some in-progress designs by this year's 5th graders. When they are complete I will show the finished product. The students will identify the ecosystem of the animal and draw a background that suggests that ecosystem. (Science integration!!!)
Do you teach any lessons on Charley Harper? What would you do to improve this project? I would love to read your comments so be sure to post in the comment section below!
Next post I will share with you our visiting artist who played with fire and captivated every one of my 6th graders!