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.
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!
My K-3 art enrichment kids did these adorable puppies. We used basic shapes to draw the dogs, the students were able to choose their colors as well as the background paper. We used scrapbook paper for the background. The kids were also able to create spots using paper that had text on it. We talked about contrast and using colors that represented the students, in other words colors that they enjoy!
The second graders did a fantastic job on these awesome foxes! We drew the fox together, the kids then outlined them with black glue, adding a new skill to their repertoire. We then worked on mixing with chalk pastels, using value to help create a textured look on the fox, and make him look a little more realistic. The students had a choice of background colors, but had to do some mixing with at least two values.