Sunday, November 17, 2013

4th Grade - Cartoons

The fourth graders and I agree that cartoons are pretty much the most awesome art form out there, so we decided to create our own characters.  We looked at a ton of examples and really paid attention to how different cartoonists' styles can be.  After some truly excellent conversation, the kids went to their sketchbooks to plan their own characters, drawing off of what they liked in some of the examples we saw in class and some of their favorites from TV.  After the characters were complete, we spent some time critiquing each other's work.  I've included an example of one 4th grader's response to her classmate's work at the end of this post.

It's seeing the students' response to projects like these that really make me excited to teach art.  We got such a range of thoughtful, creative, and often hilarious characters that we were all very eager to share with each other, including this one from Devon C. of myself in cartoon form, complete with beard, hairy arms, and a pencil in my ear:

All the 4th graders did an outstanding job.  Here are a few more:

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