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!
Fifth grade did a really great job on their collages. The students were given a square piece of mat board and then were able to look through a variety of textured items to create their collages. We then covered the mat board and items with tin foil, coloring the entire thing with black sharpie. The students then used steel wool to rub some of the black off, aiming to get a variety of black values in their collage.
Fifth graders groaned just a little bit as I taught them how to do one point perspective because it really challenged them! They caught on to the concept, though, and their projects turned out very cool. They were to choose a word that would communicate something they loved. They then had to include at least 6 images to go along with that word. Some students chose their name, and had their interests surrounding their name. We also learned about shading with colored pencil while creating these.
Fifth grade learned about Pop Art and Andy Warhol when doing this project. They were shown a presentation , then came up with two different ideas. From there the students chose their favorite image (some did both images) for their project. They were given Styrofoam to make their printing plate. We then colored the printing plate with markers. To print their plate they wet a piece of paper with a clean sponge, so the paper was damp. The marker then transferred to their paper!
Franklin has a long standing tradition of celebrating and honoring our veterans. This project was done by our fifth graders and will decorate the walls of the school to honor our veterans. The students had to create a silhouette, which is always a bit challenging since the kids have to think in terms of outlines only. We talked about adding different values in the sky and making sure we had a balance of color to offset the harshness of the black. The students used watercolor and acrylic paints for this project.
The fifth graders did a great job on their koi fish. We drew them together, but the students were allowed to change things such as eyes and fins. The students then learned how to shade with oil pastels. They could do their fish any color they wanted, but had to use three values in the scales for the shading. When they were done with coloring the fish I explained that they needed to mix together at least two colors in the background, using wet-in-wet. We discussed the importance of contrast when choosing a background color.