We are now through the drawing phase of our Art to Remember projects for this school year and will be moving on to color soon. I love how these are turning out and I’m sure they will make beautiful keepsakes. Art to Remember funds so many great things in the art room like Kumihimo for 5th grade, clay for students at every grade level, special supplies like colored sharpies (the kids LOVE these!) and high quality art supplies for every student. Your support in this program is crucial to the art program here at Franklin!
Each year I have donated a Canvas Painting Experience for our fundraising auction. I have a small group of kids (8 in each section this year) join me after school to learn how to use acrylics on canvas. I LOVE painting with acrylics, so this is always a fun event for me. This year’s artwork turned out beautiful!
Our fourth graders created these silhouette projects. They started by using at least two colors to watercolor the background. They used salt to create the “spots” you see. We used this technique because the background was meant to be a sky. Some kids made it into water as well, but the technique still worked. The students then researched the image they wanted to do, using our iPads to help them come up with some ideas. Silhouttes can be challenging because the students have to think about what their image looks like when it is completely black…what should not be colored in and what should be so people know what the image is? We practiced in draft form so we could discover our mistakes before working on our final background paper. I love how unique they all are!
Congratulations to our amazing artists for representing Franklin at the Arapahoe Community College. This is an honor for the chosen students as I am only able to pick one piece of art for each grade level. Artists names in order: Anna W. (K), Wyatt K. (1st), Zoe H (2nd)., Maya F. (3rd), Mary R.(4th), Mason M. (5th)
Our fourth graders created these, and I think they did a beautiful job. We worked on the drawing together, but the students were allowed to add their own touches, or do more than one waterfall, etc. I then showed the students how to use multiple values to create everything from the rocks to the sky with chalk pastel to give it a realistic/impressionist look. We used liquid starch to blend the colors together and it also helped seal the chalk.
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)