Sixth graders worked on 2-point perspective this year. I loved how creative they were with adding in the details to their buildings. As we work on this project I explain to them that perspective is how you see things, in this case, it as though we are walking on the sidewalk in a city with the buildings above us. By learning 2-point perspective they are learning how to draw things that appear to be 3-d on a 2-d surface, just like an architect does. They did a great job!
I usually end the year with our clay projects. The kids love doing clay and so I find it keeps them engaged at the end of the year, which can be tough! My sixth graders get to create clay containers. The project is very open ended, their container can be any shape or design that they want. The requirements are simply that it can hold something and have a lid. We also discuss the function of this particular project, again how art is not only beautiful, but functional as well. The students have to be very resilient while creating this project, and they come up on many different scenarios to problem solve. Examples are the clay falling apart over night, the clay drying out too much, or the slab they’ve rolled being too small for the shape they need to cut out.
We had a great showing of artwork at the annual Park Meadows all district art show. We have the most amazing, talented artists at Saddle Ranch! Congratulations to the kiddos for a job well done.
Every year I do this project with our sixth graders. It is a much anticipated project. The students get to choose which candy bar they will copy. These candy bars are very large, 2 x 3′. We use a real candy bar wrapper and transfer it using the grid system. The drawing takes a long time, but the kids are really good at adding all the details. We then paint them with tempera paint and stuff them with newspaper. The kids work very hard on this project and have much to be proud of when they are done!
The book Fish Eyes has some really fabulous colored fish in it! As a class we looked through the book and discussed the variety of possibilities for their fish. The kids used colorful paper to create the fish collages.
We started off the 2011-2012 school year in sixth grade doing large scale flowers in the style of Georgia O’ Keefe. The students each picked out their own fake flower to draw from. Once the drawing was done I demonstrated different watercolor techniques, encouraging students to utilize the full range of the value scale. They turned out really nice and people were impressed with the large scale.