Category Archives: Fourth Grade

Clay Food

Clay Food

 

Fourth graders created these awesome plates full of clay food.  They are required to have a plate (or a bowl if they wish) that has at least three items on it.  We talk about how they can personalize these items to their liking –  foods they like for example.  Their food items can either be a complete meal or they could simply be their favorite things to eat (pizza, french fries and cake!).  Other options could be a whole dessert plate – yum!  The kids get very creative with this, I’ve seen baked potatoes, cinnamon rolls, hamburgers, even sushi!

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 Clay Masks Inspired by Kimmy Cantrell

Art Enrichment Clay Masks Inspired by Kimmy Cantrell

These masks were so cool!  We did this as an after school art enrichment.  We studied artist Kimmy Cantrell’s work, and then the students designed their masks on paper prior to working with the clay. We added texture, cut outs (negative space), and color of course!

Fish in a Jar

Fish in a Jar

 

We have been working on our Original Works projects for the first three weeks of school.  This was fourth grades project.  They had to draw a fish bowl, but the twist was that the fish bowl was in either an outdoor setting, or a setting of their choice.  The students were able to experiment and add their own personal touch.

DCSD Art Show 2013

DCSD Art Show 2013

We had a great showing of artwork at the annual Park Meadows all district art show.  We have the most amazing, talented artists at Saddle Ranch!  Congratulations to the kiddos for a job well done.

Colorful Giraffes

Colorful Giraffes

We started this project off by drawing the giraffes together.  After we were done the kids were able to choose all the colors for their giraffe with the exception that it had to be colorful and not realistic. We used colored pencil on everything except the main body of the giraffe, this was watercolor.  The students then did

Art Enrichment Birdhouses

Art Enrichment Birdhouses

I just wrapped up an art enrichment class that was held after school. This class was open to all 1st-6th graders.  The birdhouses reflected the students personalities and they turned out really cool!  The kids had a blast painting them and then adding all sorts of fun things to the wood surface.