The third graders were so creative when coming up with their ideas for this project. I read them two books by Caralyn Buehner, Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Work. The students were then given instruction on how to draw a variety of different snowmen to show action. Students then created a draft for their project, they were allowed to do anything they could imagine! Before they transferred this to their final they checked in with me. The students were given instruction on how to shade the snowmen to create form, and we discussed various other techniques to use with chalk pastel. The kids came up with some very creative ideas!
I wasn’t sure how these were going to turn out, and I don’t think the pictures do them justice, but these sculptures created by our first graders turned out really cool! Before we began we talked about how sculpture is a 3-dimensional type of art so it is important to think about how it will look from all different angles, so they had to make sure they painted and patterned both sides of their mat board. The students had to use two colors on each piece of mat board, learning about the color wheel while mixing analogous colors. Then we added patterns on top of the paint with colored sharpies. The most challenging part of this project was cutting the slits so the mat board pieces could join together.
I think these owls by our kindergartners turned out so cute! We did a guided drawing for the owls and then we talked about color! The students learned about value as they colored parts of their owl with light, medium, and dark shades of the same color. We then talked about choosing a good background color that would help their owls stand out and create contrast!
The students were shown how to draw a simple landscape which we then outlined with black glue. The students were then given a lesson on how to use the color wheel to guide their color choices. We talked about mixing either analogous colors or two values of the same color in each area. They did a great job controlling the chalk pastels, which can be very messy!