I just love these owls! The students work through a guided drawing lesson with me. They are given some choices to personalize their owl as they wish. We colored the owls with marker and then painted the background with watercolor. We discussed contrast a lot, emphasizing the importance of choosing colors that would show the details on the owl as well as make the owl stand out from the background color. The students were also shown how to use the wet-in-wet technique if they wanted to paint a sunset, or pastel resist for the stars in a night sky.
The fourth graders created these awesome patterned cactus using sharpie and watercolor. They were given a quick demonstration on how to draw different types of cactus, as well as a visual of a variety of cactus to draw from if they chose to. We then talked about creating patterns aiming for 50% of the pattern to be black and the other 50% to be white. Students were able to choose whatever colors they wanted to paint, but were advised to think about contrast.
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.
The first graders did these awesome lily pads projects in art for their Art to Remember fundraiser. Drawing the lilies was by far the most challenging part of this project. Some of the kiddos got confused by the overlapping lines and what to erase, but they turned out great despite the challenges! The kids were able to choose the colors they wanted for their flowers, and I showed them how to mix two values of green to give their lily pads a little form. We also discussed mixing purples, blues, and greens in the water. We hope you enjoy these masterpieces!