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.
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.
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!
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!