Last year, my 6/7 class painted lots of paper. We had it strung up all over the place, but we never got to actually use it for a project. When they were a 5/6 class, those kids tore paper into leaf and petal shapes to make their poinsettias, and they used regular construction paper to do this.
For my new 5/6 students, we kicked it up a few notches. We used the painted papers from last year, and they turned out great!
We drew petal and leaf shapes (for poinsettias, they’re pretty much the same) onto the chosen painted papers. I had lots of oranges and blues for the petals, and reserved the greens for the leaves. Then, we cut them out and positioned the parts where we wanted them, and then we glued everything down. To make it even more elegant, we used gold or silver oil pastels to outline the petals and give them their veining. Yellow oil pastels were used for the centers. Don’t they look beautiful??
My Wednesday class is two hours long this year! Yay! This REALLY helps with being able to complete more complex art pieces. Even though it’s two class periods, it actually works out to be as if it were 2.5 to 3 class periods, because we eliminate the need to clean up and set-up time, as well as the “get focused” time. It really adds up!
One of our first projects was a dragon eye. It was adapted from a black and white sketch I found on the internet. I think these turned out so cool!
First, they sketched out the eye. Then, using watercolor pencils, they emphasized each scale, and pulled in the color. They used watercolors to add shading and more color. They also splattered the skin to add texture, and for the pupils they used black Sharpies.
I did this project with my then 5th/6th-graders, so since I have a new group of 5th/6th-graders, I decided it was time to do it again. It was such a success last time, and the kids had a great time with it! Here’s the original posting.
I did change a couple of things this time. First, instead of having each partner draw in the grass, I had the original artist do all of it after the chicken was done. Second, instead of having the partner artist put in the egg, I let the original artist do that as well.
I love these chickens!
I just love my 3rd/4th grade group. It’s new for me to have students this young, and I’m finding that I love this class more and more each time we meet. I’m able to keep the assignments age-appropriate, and they’re having fun while learning. I only have 4 kids in the class, but that’s a really great amount, because my helper and I are able to work with them one-on-one.
I adapted this project from one I found on the internet. For the hair, we worked on patterns and colors.
This was one of those assignments that I’ll do again ….but differently. I always kick myself when I do a project, and then when they’re just about done, I realize all the steps I should have taken because, once again, these kids don’t have the background to do the project. It’s almost like setting them up for failure. Ugh!
Some of the kids had fun doing it, some of them didn’t – simply because they know they’re capable of better, but they don’t know HOW.
Anyway, this project created some super-funny gems. We all had a great giggle from them!
I love the soles of this one.
This one looks like a muppet!
Great bottom of the shoes!
I had them partner up and help each other trace around their hands and feet. Then, they each drew a body and their head spread out, as if they were falling away. It was supposed to be in their likeness, but some are a little… open for interpretation. Finally, they water colored everything, and really jazzed up the soles of their shoes!
My 5th/6th class had a good time with this one adapted from Dynamic Art Projects for Children. It’s very colorful, and it gave me a chance to emphasize warm and cool colors as well as shapes. This is their first time with me, and I want to make sure everyone has the fundamentals. I have to also remind myself that these are kids who have often had NO exposure to art of any kind. That makes it a little difficult when they are entering into a class with former students, but this class was all kinds of new, so I get to mold them however I want! I think they did a great job, for the first project of the year.
Somehow, he knows what’s coming…
Somehow, he knew what was coming….
I passed out a sheet of cartoon eyes that depicted emotion to my 7th/8th grade class. Then, I asked the kids to think about the idea of the Thanksgiving turkey having a smartphone, and on that smartphone would be pictures. What would the final selfie of the turkey look like? Did he (or she) know what’s coming, or was he completely and blissfully unaware?
At first, we make this all about the turkeys, and used chalk pastels, with the black oil pastels to outline and fill-in, on orange paper. They were fine like that, but I felt like it could use something else, so we made backgrounds of the turkey farms and they REALLY came alive! The backgrounds were made using colored pencils and watercolors.
Caution… the expressions of the turkeys and their unique farms are pretty dang funny.