The fifth graders just finished up one of my favorite projects, clay pigs with personalities. I think they always turn out so cute and while they are a lot of work they are worth it! Most kids choose a personality that reflects their interests.
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.
This is one of my favorite projects! I feel like the personalities of the kids really come through in this project. The kids get to choose their quote, we talk about how it should be something they either say or think frequently. They get to learn about Pop Art and Roy Lichtenstein specifically while creating this project.
The fifth graders seemed to love this project! They were able to choose the colors for their Kumihimo braid as well as whether they wanted to create a bracelet or a keychain. They were also able to pick the charms or beads to attach to the ends, or leave them plain if they preferred. The students really enjoyed creating a different type of art and we had discussions around the fact that art can be useful as much as it is something that hangs on a wall.