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 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!
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!