Author Archives: J. Mitchell

Art to Remember 2019

Art to Remember 2019

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! 

Annual Teacher Experience – Canvas Painting 2019

Annual Teacher Experience – Canvas Painting 2019

Each year I have donated a Canvas Painting Experience for our fundraising auction.  I have a small group of kids (8 in each section this year) join me after school to learn how to use acrylics on canvas. I LOVE painting with acrylics, so this is always a fun event for me.  This year’s artwork turned out beautiful!  

 

Cupcakes!!

Cupcakes!!

I loved this project!  The students chose a scrapbook paper that I had run through a paper crimper. We then drew the cupcake and added a patterned background using any shape we wanted.  The students painted the entire thing with watercolor. The final step was to add real sprinkles to the cupcakes. This was by far the most exciting part of this project as I left the kids eat the leftovers.

Silhouettes

Silhouettes

Our fourth graders created these silhouette projects.  They started by using at least two colors to watercolor the background. They used salt to create the “spots” you see.  We used this technique because the background was meant to be a sky.  Some kids made it into water as well, but the technique still worked.  The students then researched the image they wanted to do, using our iPads to help them come up with some ideas.  Silhouttes can be challenging because the students have to think about what their image looks like when it is completely black…what should not be colored in and what should be so people know what the image is?  We practiced in draft form so we could discover our mistakes before working on our final background paper. I love how unique they all are!

LPS District Art Show at ACC

LPS District Art Show at ACC

Congratulations to our amazing artists for representing Franklin at the Arapahoe Community College. This is an honor for the chosen students as I am only able to pick one piece of art for each grade level.  Artists names in order: Anna W. (K), Wyatt K. (1st), Zoe H (2nd)., Maya F. (3rd), Mary R.(4th), Mason M. (5th) 

 

A Cup of Tea?

A Cup of Tea?

The third graders created these fun tea mugs. We drew the mugs together but they were allowed to do whatever kind of pattern or design they wanted in the mug and the background. We added tea bags with a piece of paper, using string to make it 3-d coming out of the mug. For the steam we used pulled apart cotton balls. They turned out so great! 

 

Photography & Ansel Adams

Photography & Ansel Adams

The 5th graders completed a photography unit and I loved the images they captured out in our garden and on our playground.  They had some really unique perspectives. Before we began the unit I showed the students this presentation. The students learned about some rules in photography before we went out with our iPads to take the photos.  I also taught the students how to alter their images in Photoshop Express.  This was a fun unit to teach!