This unit is one of my favorite units to teach. We also got lucky and had several professional photographers come in and help me teach the unit. I think their input really helped the students with that photographer’s eye. The photographs the 5th graders took this year were the result of paying attention to what our guest photographers told them as well as what they learned in this presentation.
As I was thinking about what to do for Art to Remember this year I somehow ended up coming back to mountains…this project was so fun to teach because I have a deep love for our beautiful mountains. The students worked through a guided drawing with me for these landscapes, but were able to add in their own details as they chose to. We discussed color mixing with oil pastel using either analogous colors, or value. The students were also shown how to mix colors in their mountains to help make them stand out from each other, creating contrast through shading. I love how peaceful these feel.
I decided to take a break from fish for our Art to Remember this year and went with frogs instead. I am so glad I did, the kids did an amazing job following directions and I love how their frogs turned out! The kids were able to choose whatever color they wanted when they colored the frogs…I love how many different colors they came up with!
Fifth grade did one of my favorite Art to Remember projects in all my years teaching. I love the way these turned out, how skilled the students were at mixing the watercolors and using value and perspective. They all turned out really beautiful!
I LOVE this project! A lot of our Art to Remember was focused on the beauty of nature and camping is all about being surrounded by nature. The kids were guided in drawing parts of this project, but they were able to personalize and add their own details in areas as well. I think they turned out great!
First grade did the most adorable ladybugs for the Art to Remember this year. The students were allowed to choose any color for their ladybug, but as you can see most chose to color their ladybugs red. I especially love the swirls around the ladybugs and the different patterns on the sides.
Second grade created sailboats this year for the Art to Remember. They turned out really great and I especially love the different patterns on the students sails.
We are now through the drawing phase of our Art to Remember projects for this school year and will be moving on to color soon. I love how these are turning out and I’m sure they will make beautiful keepsakes. Art to Remember funds so many great things in the art room like Kumihimo for 5th grade, clay for students at every grade level, special supplies like colored sharpies (the kids LOVE these!) and high quality art supplies for every student. Your support in this program is crucial to the art program here at Franklin!
This is my third year doing clay license plates and I love all the unique things the kids did this year!