Author Archives: J. Mitchell

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!

Sculptures!

Sculptures!

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.

LPS District Art Show at Arapahoe Community College

LPS District Art Show at Arapahoe Community College

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.

 

 

 

Colorful Owls!

Colorful Owls!

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!

Chalk Pastel Landscapes

Chalk Pastel Landscapes

The students were shown how to draw a simple landscape which we then outlined with black glue.  The students were then given a lesson on how to use the color wheel to guide their color choices.  We talked about mixing either analogous colors or two values of the same color in each area.  They did a great job controlling the chalk pastels, which can be very messy!

Snow Globes with Gingerbread Houses

Snow Globes with Gingerbread Houses

Anytime you do a project that involves candy the kids get excited. It’s almost as if they think they can reach into the artwork and pluck a piece out and eat it up!  The first graders created these awesome snow globes with some guided drawing.  While some steps they had to follow along with me they were also able to use their creativity and change their artwork to make it unique. We colored these with marker and the kids were able to choose if they wanted to add glitter or not.  My room was very sparkly for a while, but it was worth it, kids just love glitter!

Abstract Art

Abstract Art

I love how these turned out.  The students were shown this presentation on Abstract art. After they were taught how to print the black lines using tempera paint and cardboard. After the black paint dried the students painted in the shapes with cake tempera paint. They all turned out great!

Winter Birds

Winter Birds

These birds were inspired by Eric Carle’s collages and the time of year (currently December).  I showed the students how to paint the trees using a thin line of watercolor and then using small pieces of matte board to “smear” the paint.  We then painted a cool color paper and a warm color paper.  After everything was dry we went to work cutting our pieces out and gluing them to a blue background. Finally, we added white paint and while it was still wet the kids brought them to me and I added glitter…they LOVE glitter!

Printmaking Inspired by Andy Warhol

Printmaking Inspired by Andy Warhol

Fifth grade learned about Pop Art and Andy Warhol when doing this project.  They were shown a presentation , then came up with two different ideas.  From there the students chose their favorite image (some did both images) for their project. They were given Styrofoam to make their printing plate. We then colored the printing plate with markers. To print their plate they wet a piece of paper with a clean sponge, so the paper was damp. The marker then transferred to their paper!

Sailing Away

Sailing Away

Second grade created these awesome sailboats. When I was younger my parents took us sailing during the summer, so I grew up learning all about boats. During my instruction for this project we learned about the parts of a sailboat. We also discussed spinnakers, which are beautifully colored sails used in races. The students used oil pastel and watercolor, learning about value, color, line, shape, and pattern.