Third graders explored different styles and genres of art through a subject matter they are very familiar with - BIKES!
The first thing we tried were realistically drawn observational drawings (it was 100 degrees out, thank goodness for shade!).
Next, students used a viewfinder to pick out an interesting piece of their drawing....
and created an abstract work.
We talked a little about what genre meant, connecting back to literacy (these kids were tossing out stuff like expository nonfiction and realistic fiction - they are smart cookies!), and connected those back to what we were doing in art (still-life, portrait, realistic, abstract...)
We finished up the bike art with Fantasy drawings, and these kids had some really interesting ideas!
I'm hoping we can get to my favorite collaborative bike project, I just haven't figured out the logistics in my new space yet....