For our auction this year I donated a canvas painting class. I had three 2nd graders and one 4th grader attend the canvas painting session. I love painting on canvas with acrylics, so this was real treat for me too! We had a great time and I think the students learned a little bit too. 🙂
Fourth grade did a weaving project using straws as their loom. Although you can make a loom out of many things I’ve found the straws to be a cheap and effective way to show the students how to build a loom. The students created pockets with their weaving, and we talked about how this type of art is very functional. Some students added a closure to the top, while others left it open with only ties along the side.
Fifth graders groaned just a little bit as I taught them how to do one point perspective because it really challenged them! They caught on to the concept, though, and their projects turned out very cool. They were to choose a word that would communicate something they loved. They then had to include at least 6 images to go along with that word. Some students chose their name, and had their interests surrounding their name. We also learned about shading with colored pencil while creating these.
The third graders were so creative when coming up with their ideas for this project. I read them two books by Caralyn Buehner, Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Work. The students were then given instruction on how to draw a variety of different snowmen to show action. Students then created a draft for their project, they were allowed to do anything they could imagine! Before they transferred this to their final they checked in with me. The students were given instruction on how to shade the snowmen to create form, and we discussed various other techniques to use with chalk pastel. The kids came up with some very creative ideas!
I wasn’t sure how these were going to turn out, and I don’t think the pictures do them justice, but these sculptures created by our first graders turned out really cool! Before we began we talked about how sculpture is a 3-dimensional type of art so it is important to think about how it will look from all different angles, so they had to make sure they painted and patterned both sides of their mat board. The students had to use two colors on each piece of mat board, learning about the color wheel while mixing analogous colors. Then we added patterns on top of the paint with colored sharpies. The most challenging part of this project was cutting the slits so the mat board pieces could join together.
We have six students whose work will be on display at the LPS District Art Show, one student per grade level. These kiddos definitely impressed me with their outstanding art! I am proud to have them represent Franklin for the 2016-2017 school year.
I think these owls by our kindergarteners turned out so cute! We did a guided drawing for the owls and then we talked about color! The students learned about value as they colored parts of their owl with light, medium, and dark shades of the same color. We then talked about choosing a good background color that would help their owls stand out and create contrast!
The students were shown how to draw a simple landscape which we then outlined with black glue. The students were then given a lesson on how to use the color wheel to guide their color choices. We talked about mixing either analogous colors or two values of the same color in each area. They did a great job controlling the chalk pastels, which can be very messy!
Anytime you do a project that involves candy the kids get excited. It’s almost as if they think they can reach into the artwork and pluck a piece out and eat it up! The first graders created these awesome snow globes with some guided drawing. While some steps they had to follow along with me they were also able to use their creativity and change their artwork to make it unique. We colored these with marker and the kids were able to choose if they wanted to add glitter or not. My room was very sparkly for a while, but it was worth it, kids just love glitter!
I love how these turned out. The students were shown this presentation on Abstract art. After they were taught how to print the black lines using tempera paint and cardboard. After the black paint dried the students painted in the shapes with cake tempera paint. They all turned out great!