4th Grade students created these one-of-a-kind nutcracker illustrations right before our winter break. We practiced drawing two different nutcrackers - one was fairly basic, and the other more advanced. After some guided drawing instruction, students were able to draw their own design, either like the simpler concept, or the more detailed... or maybe their own combination!
Nutcrackers were finalized with black sharpie, and filled in with either colored pencil or color sticks. Next, the top portion of the background space needed some pizzazz. Students used oil pastels to create a pattern of their choice. The last step was to watercolor paint the remainder of the background - over the oil pastel, and one other separate, contrasting color for the bottom section.
Overall, I always love seeing the creativity of students through this project, and I hope everyone else enjoys viewing them as well. Click on the images below to enlarge. Merry Christmas!!
It's hard to believe that we're already 1/4 done with this school year and into our 2nd quarter! Here is a little update on what my elementary classes are busy with in the ART ROOM.
Mr. LaBonte's class finished up their Circle Weaving project from the COLOR THEORY unit. The background of the weavings was created using an analogous color scheme done with tempera paint. Oil pastel designs were added for more detail once the paint was dry. Click on the images below to enlarge.
Mrs. Martin's class completed a Monochromatic Leaves project in our COLOR THEORY unit. More details on that project can be seen here.
Mrs. Dubord's 2nd grade class completed Paper-Weavings with complementary colors as the main colors. More can be seen on that project here. For ART HISTORY, 2nd graders create a project inspired by the POP art of Andy Warhol. Students will create Pop Art Cupcakes in the 4-section style seen below.
Mrs. Ekberg's COLOR THEORY project was Silly Pumpkins, completed with secondary colors! These pumpkins were a great practice for mixing colors using primary colors. More on the pumpkins HERE.
An overview of current ART HISTORY projects can be seen below.
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Art 6 Paper Molas can be viewed below by clicking on the image to enlarge.
After 6 rotations of art classes, the results can be seen below for our "Daily Points" challenge in the art room! Classes were given a daily score on 10 different portions of class, like following directions, voice level, etc. The winning class will receive an ART PARTY, with 2nd and 3rd place classes will earning a treat during their next art class. Good luck to all classes in this next quarter!
Overall Winner - Mrs. Veeser's 3rd Grade
2nd Place - Mrs. Eichmeier's 3rd Grade
3rd Place - Mrs. Dubord's 2nd Grade
Scores can be seen in the bottom corner of the agenda shown above.
4th Grade students started their MONOCHROMATIC project. The first step was to draw a simple leaf. After the leaf was drawn, students were shown how to mix a TINT of orange using white and orange paint. Students started with white paint, and slowly added orange to it to make the color slightly darker.
An example of a monochromatic scheme cam be seen above.
This image was my inspiration for this assignment. Next week we will create the background portion of the project using cool colors!
Students mixed purple paint in the same way as the orange! We started with WHITE paint and slowly added purple to make the paint darker in a MONOCHROMATIC style! Next class, dots will be added for interest! Click the images below to enlarge.
The last step of this project was to add some details via DOT PAINTING! Check out the progress photos below by clicking to enlarge.
After preparing our pumpkins, I demonstrated how to BLEND our warm colors to make the pumpkins LOOK REAL! The kids impressed me with how well they did with it! Check out their pictures below - click to enlarge.
Today in Mrs. Hongisto's class we reviewed the types of lines we knew (straight, zig-zag, spiral, etc), and put them to the test in a watercolor painting. The lines were drawn with black crayon first, then the project was brightened up with watercolor paint! Check back for updates.
These paintings are inspired by Mexican Serapes (left) and will be finished with more designs and fringed ends!
2nd Graders are using a complementary color combination (directly across from each other on the wheel) to start their paper-weaving project. Progress on their weaving can be seen below! More to come soon!
On the second day of paper-weaving (click to enlarge the images below), students created a NEW layer using a white paper illustrated with a variety of types of lines! This addition creates more texture and interest for the viewer!
On the LAST day of paper weaving, students were able to add a textured layer using wall paper samples! After everything was done, students trimmed and glued their weavings to help them stay in place! Check out the final results below!
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1st Grade students started this project by taking a few notes in their sketchbooks on the COLOR WHEEL. Their project is focused around SECONDARY COLORS (orange, green, and purple) which are made by mixing two primary colors (red, yellow or blue). After learning about the color wheel, we did a practice drawing of a pumpkin! (check out a few examples below)
After our practice drawing, students penciled in their final layout on a larger paper. Then, red and yellow were mixed to make the orange for the pumpkins!
In the next class, students mixed red and blue to make PURPLE, along with yellow and blue to make GREEN! Grass detail was also added with a darker green as well!
Click on the pumpkins below to enlarge.
Click on the images below to enlarge to see students working on the last day of this project.
The final step for these projects was the DETAILS! Students added stars and a moon to create a night sky using cool colored construction paper crayons. Next, blades of grass were added with construction paper crayons and construction paper. Finally, a silly face was added using cut construction paper. The results definitely brighten up the hallway and will make you smile. Good job 1st grade! Check out all of the final results below.
After completing sketchbooks, and paintings inspired by THE DOT, it is time for all elementary classes to move on to their first individual project! All projects are inspired by the COLOR WHEEL. Each grade will complete a project inspired by a different color scheme.
Kindergarten - All colors :)
1st Grade - Secondary
2nd Grade - Complementary
3rd Grade - Warm/Cool
4th Grade - Monochromatic
5th Grade - Analogous
Mrs. Hongisto's class will be practicing types of lines to make a Mexican Serape! This serape will be completed with all colors, along with a variety of lines (straight, wavy, zig-zag, spiral), and cut fringe on the edges! I'm excited to start this project with my youngest artists soon!
Mrs. Ekberg's class will be focusing on SECONDARY COLORS, which are all of the hues that are creating by mixing the primary colors. These colors are orange, purple and green! Using those colors, a festive pumpkin scene will be created by mixing their own colors of paint! They have already started this project - check out their progress HERE.
Mrs. Dubord's class is assigned the color scheme of COMPLEMENTARY COLORS. Complementary colors are pairs of hues that are directly across from each other on the wheel, like purple and yellow for example. This class will be completing a paper-weaving project using a complementary combination as their base. Their progress can be seen HERE.
Students in Mrs. Eichmeier and Mrs. Veeser's classes will be learning about warm and cool colors. They will use this color scheme to create an illustration of a small grouping of pumpkins, with warm colors for the pumpkins, and cool colors in the background.
Mrs. Martin's class will be creating a tree silhouette with a MONOCHROMATIC COLOR scheme for the background. A monochromatic scheme using tints and shades of a single hue, like yellow for example.
Mr. LaBonte's class will be creating a circle weaving based on an ANALOGOUS COLOR scheme. Analogous colors are neighboring colors on the wheel. The start of this project can be seen here.