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)
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!