The fourth graders created these awesome patterned cactus using sharpie and watercolor. They were given a quick demonstration on how to draw different types of cactus, as well as a visual of a variety of cactus to draw from if they chose to. We then talked about creating patterns aiming for 50% of the pattern to be black and the other 50% to be white. Students were able to choose whatever colors they wanted to paint, but were advised to think about contrast.
The fifth graders did a great job on their koi fish. We drew them together, but the students were allowed to change things such as eyes and fins. The students then learned how to shade with oil pastels. They could do their fish any color they wanted, but had to use three values in the scales for the shading. When they were done with coloring the fish I explained that they needed to mix together at least two colors in the background, using wet-in-wet. We discussed the importance of contrast when choosing a background color.
The first graders did these awesome lily pads projects in art for their Art to Remember fundraiser. Drawing the lilies was by far the most challenging part of this project. Some of the kiddos got confused by the overlapping lines and what to erase, but they turned out great despite the challenges! The kids were able to choose the colors they wanted for their flowers, and I showed them how to mix two values of green to give their lily pads a little form. We also discussed mixing purples, blues, and greens in the water. We hope you enjoy these masterpieces!
This project is more challenging than you might think. The challenge lies in the dreaded black! Black is very overwhelming and if you are not able to control your materials it will easily take over the whole artwork. The kids did an outstanding job of controlling the black while creating these adorable penguins.
I think the second graders really enjoy this project. They were given some instruction on how to draw a treehouse, but during that instruction they were give lots of options to change their house to make it unique! I love the colors and detail the kids added to these.
These cute snowmen offer a different take on perspective. We talked as a class about what perspective is. We used our hands as an example putting them in front of our faces and starting with the hand far away and slowly bringing it towards our face. The kids then drew the snowmen, and then added chalk pastel to create the appearance of form on their snowmen. They also painted backgrounds with water color, adding oil pastel snowflakes. We then cut and glued the snowmen together and added stick “arms” for the snowmen!
This is one of my all time favorite projects. Besides my clay projects there aren’t a lot of projects I repeat yearly. This one always turns out so beautiful for every kid that I just have to do it every year! I hope you like them as much as I do.
We had a lot of great logo designs for our fundraiser this year. The students had to figure out how they could communicate the western theme and also capture the spirit of Saddle Ranch. These were the finalists
This project really came together at the end. We were primarily studying the art element color, but also worked with value, contrast and space while creating these beautiful landscapes. The students also had to push beyond their typical painting skills and mix a variety of different colors for this project. We also discussed perspective and space and how the size of objects may appear to be different based on where they are in your painting (i.e. smaller in the background, larger in the foreground).