Author Archives: J. Mitchell

Fantastic Flamingos!

Fantastic Flamingos!

Our second graders did these beautiful flamingos.  I challenged them to mix colors and they did an amazing job!  We used oil pastel for the flamingos and watercolor for the background. I mixed in an iridescent white to some of the watercolor and they kids loved the sparkle…like glitter without the mess!

Patriotic Flags

Patriotic Flags

Our third graders did these patriotic flags, which I think are awesome! We used color copies of the Star Spangled Banner to create the “white” stripes.  We then added patterns into the strips of white in between the color copies with all different values of red.  The students finished these off by adding patterns in blue to a star, gluing that on to the stripes and choosing patriotic text to glue to the background as well.

Adorable Giraffes

Adorable Giraffes

Our amazing first grade artists created these cute giraffes. This project was a little bit harder for them to draw than I thought it would be, but they persevered and they turned out so cute! While I did let them choose the color of their giraffes a lot chose to color them realistically.

How does your garden grow? Flowers by 3rd grade!

How does your garden grow? Flowers by 3rd grade!

I just LOVE how these turned out. The 3rd graders were instructed how to draw some flowers with extra detail in them, expanding upon our drawing skills. We also talked about composition, not crowing the flowers, but trying also not to have too many blank areas. The students colored with colored sharpies and watercolor for the background. We talked a lot about contrast as we chose our colors.

Colorful Turtles

Colorful Turtles

The fourth graders drew turtles with me and learned about value and analogous colors, as well as contrast. We talked a lot about color mixing, using the color wheel to guide us. I also showed the students several different ways in which they could blend or mix colors together using oil pastels. While the turtles all looked very similar before we added color they certainly became unique once the students chose their colors!

Art to Remember Fundraiser 2017-2018

Art to Remember Fundraiser 2017-2018

We will once again be participating in Art to Remember. This fundraiser is wonderful because the only thing the students have to do is the artwork, which they would do anyway! Then our families can choose to purchase wonderful keepsakes with their child’s artwork on it. All funds support the art program here at Franklin, and every single student benefits! This fundraiser is essential in that it allows me to buy great art supplies for our students!

Order forms will come home at the end of October and all orders will be due 11/3/2017.

Art to Remember Products

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.