Category Archives: First Grade

We love our Veterans!

We love our Veterans!

First graders did these awesome flag filled hearts for our Veteran’s Day Assembly this year. We drew the hearts together and the students were able to choose between a waving flag or a straight flag.  We then added lines extending from the heart and filled the space in with patterns.  We talked about only using patriotic colors, red, white and blue.  The students were allowed to use any value of those patriotic colors.

Lily Pads Inspired by Monet

Lily Pads Inspired by Monet

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!







 

Playful Penguins!

Playful Penguins!

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.

 







DCSD Art Show 2016

DCSD Art Show 2016

So proud of all my art show kiddos this year!




Snowmen from a Close Perspective

Snowmen from a Close Perspective

The first graders learned about perspective while creating these adorable snowmen. We also learned how to shade to make the snowmen look “rounder.”  They turned out really cute!





Where the Wild Things Are Monsters!

Where the Wild Things Are Monsters!

Our first graders created these awesome monsters based on the book Where the Wild Things Are.  We collaborated with the high school down the street and the high school kids used our first grader’s monsters as inspiration for their own monsters! The kids were over the moon excited that the high schoolers would be checking out their monsters.











2014 Highland Ranch Library Art Show

2014 Highland Ranch Library Art Show

Every year we display student work at the Highlands Ranch Library.  The show is up for a month, and the best part is that there are so many people that get to see the show!  I am always very proud of the student’s work.  They all deserve this recognition as they work so hard.

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Animals with Pattern!

Animals with Pattern!

We explored pattern and percentages while creating these adorable kitties/puppies for Original Works.  The kids were able to choose whether they wanted to draw kitties or puppies and were also able to come up with whatever patterns they wanted to use inside the bodies. We also discussed contrast when adding color into the eyes, we didn’t want the black pupil to disappear!  Finally, we talked about how the pattern on the body should be 50% black and 50% white. The students did remarkably well with this concept!







Clay season in full swing!!

Clay season in full swing!!

I usually save the clay projects for the end of the year because the kids are always so engaged when doing clay.  There are many frustrations with ceramics, things falling apart or things breaking, so the kids have to be really resilient!  Organization is key to getting almost 600 pieces fired and back to the kids without losing anything!  I love when we get to the glazing stage because opening the kiln to all the beautiful, shiny colors is so fun.  It is also amazing to see the kids express their delight when they see how beautiful their projects turned out!