Author Archives: J. Mitchell

Clay License Plates

Clay License Plates

The fourth graders created clay license plates this year. I thought these were so fun.  The kids had to choose a word or phrase for their license plate.  They also had to stamp into the clay creating textures or drawing into the clay.  They were also required to create at least three “add ons,” smaller items created out of clay and then attached to their flat piece of clay.  I love how these turned out.

Pigs with BIG Personalities

Pigs with BIG Personalities

The fifth graders just finished up one of my favorite projects, clay pigs with personalities.  I think they always turn out so cute and while they are a lot of work they are worth it! Most kids choose a personality that reflects their interests.

Texture Collages

Texture Collages

Fifth grade did a really great job on their collages.  The students were given a square piece of mat board and then were able to look through a variety of textured items to create their collages. We then covered the mat board and items with tin foil, coloring the entire thing with black sharpie.  The students then used steel wool to rub some of the black off, aiming to get a variety of black values in their collage.

Clay Owls

Clay Owls

I have been doing these adorable owls with third grade for several years now. They come out so cute and colorful and the kids learn a lot about how to work with a larger piece of clay as well as deepening their understanding of how to join two pieces of clay together.

Clay Birds

Clay Birds

I love how these turn out when they are done! The addition of the ribbon really makes them cute.  The kids get to learn about how to join two pieces of clay together while creating these adorable birds.  They also learn how to stamp textures into the clay.

 

 

Chinese Cherry Blossom Trees

Chinese Cherry Blossom Trees

I’ve always loved Chinese artwork that is often black and white with a pop of color.  These pieces were inspired by Chinese cherry blossom artworks.  We  drew in a moon with oil pastel, mixing in a little yellow (or blue) to make it look a little more realistic. The students then learned how to use analogous colors to create a wet-on-wet background for their trees. Once the background was dry they painted their tree on top with watercolor.  The next step was to mix different shades of pink for the cherry blossoms.  We then added a dot of yellow to the middle.  We finished this project by learning how to do some Chinese characters. Some kids chose a symbol that represented a word, others did their names.  The kids said they are sure glad the letters they have to write every day are so much easier!  

Canvas Painting Auction Winners!

Canvas Painting Auction Winners!

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. 🙂

Textile Art

Textile Art

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.

One Point Perspective

One Point Perspective

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.

Snowmen Inspired by “Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn Buehner

Snowmen Inspired by “Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn Buehner

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!