Category Archives: First Grade

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!

 

2013-2014 Annual DCSD Art Show

2013-2014 Annual DCSD Art Show

The annual DCSD art show is always a wonderful way to celebrate our amazing artists.  The kids made me proud, and we even had two students win Wow! awards this year.  The judges pick 3 students per grade level district wide for this award, so it is a great honor to have two of our students chosen! One of the student’s was also chosen for the district purchase award.  Her work is on display at the district building for three years on a lease.  Her work was chosen to represent all Highland Ranch schools for the intermediate level.

Move-A-Thon Logos 2014

Move-A-Thon Logos 2014

The quest for the 2014 Move-A-Thon logo winner is on!  Students are creating some fantastic designs.  We discuss what a logo is, the purpose being to identify or brand a product or event.  This year’s theme is The Mustand 500: Engage to finish strong. The hard part will definitely be narrowing down all these designs into just ONE winner for our logo design.

Problem Solving in Art

Problem Solving in Art

 

 

 

 

 

My students learn how to problem solve and be resilient on a daily basis in art.  Sometimes the solutions are simple, other times we have to brainstorm some different ideas.  These kitties were created by my first graders.  Our goal was to learn about value and complimentary colors. As such the students were able to choose which compliments they used, but could not have color choices beyond that.  Both of these students faced a similar problem: the wrong color in their background. One child chose to color over her mistake, the other chose to erase the mistake.  Both were acceptable ways to fix the error!

Art Enrichment Pups

Art Enrichment Pups

My K-3 art enrichment kids did these adorable puppies.  We used basic shapes to draw the dogs, the students were able to choose their colors as well as the background paper.  We used scrapbook paper for the background.  The kids were also able to create spots using paper that had text on it.  We talked about contrast and using colors that represented the students, in other words colors that they enjoy!

Sailing Through First Grade

Sailing Through First Grade

The first graders learned about shape, line, color, and perspective when we did these adorable sailboats. We used watercolor, and maker or oil pastel (student choice).

Clay Pinch Pots

Clay Pinch Pots

I love when my first graders do pinch pots.  It’s not the most involved clay project, but the joy when they see their glazed pots come out of the kiln is so awesome!  They are always so proud of their work and so excited to take this project home.