Category Archives: Fifth Grade

What do you know about me?

What do you know about me?

These zebras were created by my fifth graders using words that describe them in place of the stripes. Our goal was to learn about the art element COLOR and VALUE, as well as communicate through our art.  I learned a lot about my kiddos through this project.







 

Mugs and Patterns

Mugs and Patterns

The fifth graders created these awesome mugs filled with a beverage of their choice for their Original Works project this year.  Our main goals in this project were to work on pattern and color while creating these beautiful works of art.  Since the students had their choice of colors we talked about making sure that they had good contrast in their drawing so the mugs didn’t disappear into the background.

 







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The fifth graders created these awesome mugs filled with a beverage of their choice for their Original Works project this year.  Our main goals in this project were to work on pattern and color while creating these beautiful works of art.  Since the students had their choice of colors we talked about making sure that they had good contrast in their drawing so the mugs didn’t disappear into the background.

 

 

 

 

 

Living or Man-made?

Living or Man-made?

This was a fun assignment for the kids.  The goal was to create a new species that combined a human made object with a living thing.  The sky was the limit and they could do whatever they wanted. Some kids researched online, others students did a list of all the things they could think of before beginning their project.  The kids had to be creative when combing these things, and I loved that some went the extra mile and even described their new species!

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.

Japanese Kumihimo Bracelets

Japanese Kumihimo Bracelets

I taught the fifth graders how to do Japanese Kumihimo braiding, they loved this project.  We talked about functional art, and how most art has some type of function, even if it is just to hang on the walls of our homes.  Jewelry is a type of art, a type of art in which artists can make a living.  The students not only created a bracelet, but also a charm that could go on the bracelet using shrinky dink material.  Some students preferred not to have a charm and were given the choice of creating a pin instead.

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!

Fruit & Vegetable Baskets

Fruit & Vegetable Baskets

Our main focus of this lesson was for the students to learn about form through value and shading.  We used chalk pastels for this assignment.  Students had to begin with a basket, but were able to choose what they put in the basket.  They researched fruits and vegetables on the internet so they could draw these things realistically.  Items could be in the basket or some in the basket as well as outside the basket.

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!