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.
The kindies did these adorable piggies for their Original Works this year. The beginning of the year is always a challenge because the kids have such a wide range of abilities. The beauty of kindergarten is that by the end of the year they have all grown so much! We kept our first project very simple and the kids were not given a whole lot of choice in terms of color although they did get to choose their sky color. I thought it was interesting that even when given the choices most of them stuck with blue!
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!
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.
These kindie giraffes are so cute! We started by cultivating the connection to their lives as we discuss our favorite animals and a visit to the zoo. Most kids have seen a real giraffe before. We then move on to a group lesson on how to draw the giraffe. At this point in the year the kids have become very proficient with drawing a variety of things with basic shapes. The students use oil pastel, watercolor and finish off with fine motor skills by adding the mane with yarn.
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.
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!
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!
My kindies made these adorable reindeer! I love the looks on their faces! The kids used basic shapes to create the reindeer. We discussed how line can communicate an emotion, I drew different lines and the kids guessed the emotion. We also talked about how the placement of the circle in the eyes can change the emotion of the person/animal as well. The students were able to choose their colors as well as the patterns for the scarf.
Our kindies did a fantastic job on their scarecrows. We worked on drawing nice and big, filling the space to create unity, working with basic shapes to create these scarecrows. We also talked a lot about pattern, color, and contrast.