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!
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)
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!
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!
Our fourth graders created these, and I think they did a beautiful job. We worked on the drawing together, but the students were allowed to add their own touches, or do more than one waterfall, etc. I then showed the students how to use multiple values to create everything from the rocks to the sky with chalk pastel to give it a realistic/impressionist look. We used liquid starch to blend the colors together and it also helped seal the chalk.
The third graders created these Andy Warhol inspired Pop Art flowers using gelli plate and fake flowers to create a positive and negative print on colorful paper. They really enjoyed using the gelli plate to create these prints. They also learned about Andy Warhol and Pop Art when viewing this presentation.
Our second graders made these adorable turtles. I love how the patterns turned out and the great colors the students used. We drew the turtle together, but the students had to had their own patterns. We also drew some flowers together, but they were allowed to add in their own background items as well.
Our kindergartners created these adorable fish bowls. We began with a guided drawing lesson for the fish, but the students were allowed to do what they wanted for the fins. They outlined and painted them with watercolor. Next they chose a patterned paper and glued a plain color to the bottom. They cut out their fish bowls and glued them down to the paper. They did an amazing job with all the steps – cutting and gluing can be hard for our little ones!