The third graders went through a guided lesson with me to draw these treehouses, with a lot of opportunity for personalization throughout the lesson. We used colored pencil and watercolor for this project and the students were taught how to do some shading with the colored pencil.
Our fourth graders worked on these winter landscapes which I think turned out quite nicely! We used tape to create the trees, then painted around them using analogous colors, leaving under the horizon line white for snow. We then drew a fence on top of the horizon. I had some resources for the students to look at, but they were also able to come up with their own fence if they chose. Next we peeled the tape off and I showed the student how to shade the trees with watercolor. It was very challenging and the kids had to learn how to control the paint, they did a really good job with this skill. Finally we talked about a light source and I explained how a shadow would come from behind the tree and fence and be cast on the ground. We also discussed how the shadow should match the length of whatever it was that was casting the shadow. The kids did a great job on this project!
This was a great project for the students to work with liquid tempera paint which we don’t often use. The students watched “Petunia” by Roger Duvoisin before we began drawing our own Petunia’s in a guided drawing. The main goal of this project was for the students to understand the importance of layering tempera paint, letting it dry, and using black at the very end. I think they are very cute!
I love doing art projects that reflect the beauty of fall in Colorado. This year I showed our second graders how to draw some simple leaves that we then outlined with black glue. We then used chalk pastel to color the leaves. I showed the students how to use a variety of value/color to show the changing colors of their leaves. The students also learned about warm and cool colors which helped create contrast between the leaves and the background.
Our second graders did these beautiful flamingos. I challenged them to mix colors and they did an amazing job! We used oil pastel for the flamingos and watercolor for the background. I mixed in an iridescent white to some of the watercolor and they kids loved the sparkle…like glitter without the mess!
Our third graders did these patriotic flags, which I think are awesome! We used color copies of the Star Spangled Banner to create the “white” stripes. We then added patterns into the strips of white in between the color copies with all different values of red. The students finished these off by adding patterns in blue to a star, gluing that on to the stripes and choosing patriotic text to glue to the background as well.
I just LOVE how these turned out. The 3rd graders were instructed how to draw some flowers with extra detail in them, expanding upon our drawing skills. We also talked about composition, not crowing the flowers, but trying also not to have too many blank areas. The students colored with colored sharpies and watercolor for the background. We talked a lot about contrast as we chose our colors.
The fourth graders drew turtles with me and learned about value and analogous colors, as well as contrast. We talked a lot about color mixing, using the color wheel to guide us. I also showed the students several different ways in which they could blend or mix colors together using oil pastels. While the turtles all looked very similar before we added color they certainly became unique once the students chose their colors!