2 weeks ago I was walking down the hallway at Maclay School and I passed these portraits of our past Presidents. I was very impressed with this particular lesson as a grid lesson is a tough one to teach. I was thrilled to see this being taught in our lower school because this will help these students have a deeper understanding of this process when they get to Middle and Upper School Art at Maclay. Way to go 5th grade teachers for introducing this lesson in Social Studies.
Mrs. Sweeney, Mrs. Sims and Mrs. Ferraro always have their students involved in hands on engaging lessons. I should know. You ask, why? Well, each morning I cut through the lower school building to get to my Middle School Art Room. Sometimes I make this journey with our US Art Teacher, Ms. Maurey and we find ourselves on many occasions discussing the art in the hallways of Lower School at Maclay!
Once I saw these, I knew I wanted to do a blog post on them. I asked and received permission from the teachers. Thanks, guys! They are just too good not to share with others to inspire them for future lessons.
Resources for how to make a grid drawing:
https://www.art-is-fun.com/grid-method/
http://www.wikihow.com/Scale-Drawings-Using-the-Grid-Method
http://www.drawfamousfaces.com/how-to-set-up-a-grid/
Where can you  purchase this lesson? Well, I found it on this link below at Teachers Pay Teachers.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Presidential-Portraits-Art-Project-373415

Students create a 12×18 patriotic portrait using the grid technique. There are prepared source images for every president, name labels for the finished portraits, examples, viewfinder tools, and; templates to help with the designs. Recently updated with brand new illustrations of the presidents. 59 pages. PDF format.
 See a different approach to the subject matter on this link Presidents Mystery Grid Bundle.

www.outside-the-lines.com © Scott Cummins

Where to find other lessons and art blogs on this, see below and click the links:
http://www.jennyknappenberger.com/presidents-day/
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mystery-Grid-Drawing-Collection-American-Presidents-1239686
http://eshelmanartcca.blogspot.com/2011/02/presidential-portraits.html
http://www.inside-the-lines.com/?p=581
How to set up a successful grid drawing can be found at the link below:
http://www.theartofed.com/2013/02/08/grid-drawing-made-easy/
Other Presidential art lessons from Art Blogs:
http://candiceashmentart.blogspot.com/2012/04/reduce-reuse-recycle-newspaper-abe.html
http://doartimagineexplorecreate.blogspot.com/2011/04/andy-warhol-meets-george-washington.html
http://rollercoasterart.blogspot.com/
My personal favorite funky portraits of our Presidents:
https://www.penleyartco.com/collections/giclees
http://revolverwarholgallery.com/portfolio/jimmy-carter-150/
https://www.artbrokerage.com/Peter-Max/JFK-John-F-Kennedy-1989-89109
Nothing like a Penley, Warhol or Max Presidential Portrait! I do believe Penley is my all time favorite.
 
If you need more details on how to explain the Grid Method see the Youtube clips below:

I am so blessed to work at a school where the Arts aren’t hidden and they are used in cross curricular project based lessons. Thanks 5th grade teachers for letting me share your student art! I think these are way super fabulous just like you guys…1969

We are getting ready for our Celebration of the Arts at Maclay on 3/24/2017. Our featured artist study this year is Peter Max. Below is a link to our Celebration.
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2017/03/you-are-bbq-sauce.html
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2016/04/keith-haring-and-maclays-celebration-of.html

We have based these colorful portraits off of Peter Max. We have done lessons on him before in other blog post. See below:
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2017/01/peter-max-valentines-unit.html
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2016/11/5th-grade-free-styling-peter-max-flags.html
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2016/06/peter-max-maxed-out-at-end-of-year.html

For this lesson, we printed out a few photos of our Division Heads then cut them out and glued them down onto 12×18 colored construction paper. Had the kids embellish some details on the xerox copy but mainly focused on the blending of all of the color in the background. Can’t wait to get them in a slide show to share!

Many details of our event have been posted and shared. I will do a follow up post with our fun activities, schedule and booth names, but for now here is a taste of just what our Fine Art Department has going on as of right now.

I do like that we have a logo and a brand for our event. We will only change out the colors each year to update with our theme. Can’t wait to share more….

But for now, enjoy 1969

Kyle does a super job at teaching value to our upper school art classes. See these links below for other examples to this lesson.
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2016/03/maclays-us-art-with-kyle-maurey-value.html
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2017/02/value-painting-with-kyle-maurey-in.html
Here are links to other blogs that have taught value:
http://helloartsy.com/value-scale/
http://www.easy-drawing-lessons.com/value-drawing.html
http://www.teachkidsart.net/make-value-scale/
http://thevirtualinstructor.com/Value.html 
For more detailed directions on this particular lesson by Kyle Maurey please click the links at the start of this post for details and examples.
Value The lightness or darkness of tones or colors. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle gray. Space An element of art by which positive and negative areas are defined or a sense of depth achieved in a work of art .
enjoy, 1969

Kyle, Maclay Upper School Art Teacher taught this lesson last year. See link below:
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2016/03/maclays-us-art-with-kyle-maurey-value.html
 The instructions are located on the Painting Project Rubric in the link above.
Again we have a fabulous Upper School Art Teacher at Maclay. I get to see all of the creative projects they do and so do my middle school kids! This lesson is a great way to teach our high school students about Value. It shows many facets of art. 
 Lesson Tip: Find a photo, use filters on phone to see how they look. There are many photography apps out now that allow you to manipulate digital photos.
I was most impressed with this lesson as everyone was successful at creating it. It is nice when you work in an environment and your Visual Arts Team’s enthusiasm is contagious to faculty, students and parents. Great job, Kyle and your Upper School students. Cathy, Kaitlyn and I are very lucky to have you on our team.

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