There birds were created by our fourth graders and I think they are amazing! The bird was modeled after a toucan, but the students were allowed to color them however they wanted. I did require the students to use at least two colors and blend them with oil pastel.
We will be participating in Art to Remember once again to raise funds for the art program at Franklin. The funds we raise all come back in the form of art supplies that each and every student gets to use. For more info about Art to Remember visit their website. https://arttoremember.com/
I’m so excited about our Art to Remember projects this year. Since we work on these for the first several weeks of school and then I have to send them off to Art to Remember I thought I’d share our progress so far. (K – fish, 1 – duck, 2 – owl, 3 – lighthouse, 4 – toucan, 5 – city/Denver skyline)
Every student will complete a clay project this year. It’s a bit of a challenge to store 600+ projects, but somehow it gets done and the kids just love seeing their project once it goes through the glaze firing! So do I!
We had a great display at the Curtis Center Youth Art Month this year. We have some talented artists here at Franklin!
We had six students,one from each grade level, whose work was on display at the annual LPS District Art Show at Arapahoe Community College. Congrats to our talented artists who represented Franklin this year!
Our fourth graders worked on these winter landscapes which I think turned out quite nicely! We used tape to create the trees, then painted around them using analogous colors, leaving under the horizon line white for snow. We then drew a fence on top of the horizon. I had some resources for the students to look at, but they were also able to come up with their own fence if they chose. Next we peeled the tape off and I showed the student how to shade the trees with watercolor. It was very challenging and the kids had to learn how to control the paint, they did a really good job with this skill. Finally we talked about a light source and I explained how a shadow would come from behind the tree and fence and be cast on the ground. We also discussed how the shadow should match the length of whatever it was that was casting the shadow. The kids did a great job on this project!
The fourth graders drew turtles with me and learned about value and analogous colors, as well as contrast. We talked a lot about color mixing, using the color wheel to guide us. I also showed the students several different ways in which they could blend or mix colors together using oil pastels. While the turtles all looked very similar before we added color they certainly became unique once the students chose their colors!
The fourth graders created clay license plates this year. I thought these were so fun. The kids had to choose a word or phrase for their license plate. They also had to stamp into the clay creating textures or drawing into the clay. They were also required to create at least three “add ons,” smaller items created out of clay and then attached to their flat piece of clay. I love how these turned out.
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.