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.
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.
5th graders started their first individual project today -
CIRCLE WEAVING! Before starting, we took notes on the basics of the COLOR WHEEL as a review. This project will highlight the color scheme of ANALOGOUS colors, which we call "3 neighbors" to simplify the concept. The background of the circle weaving was painted on a paper plate with an analogous color scheme of choice. Progress can be seen in the photos below (click to enlarge!). Next, students will add detail to the plates using neon oil pastel to create interest! I can't wait to see the final results!
I cannot believe that our third week of school is already over! Due to my rotating schedule, I have only see classes once or twice so far at the elementary. Our first mission in all classes was to create sketchbooks, learn new routines, and get accustomed to the art room. Now that we're into a routine, I'm moving onto collaborative projects. The K-2nd grade students (lower elementary) will be creating a mixed media mural similar to the image below. I was incredibly inspired by fellow art teacher Cassie Stephens, but plan to make my own twist of her original design.
1st and 2nd grade students will all be creating the flower designs first. Some classes started their backgrounds to their flowers this past week. We talked about colors that are near each other on the color wheel and mix well when we are painting. In their next class, they will be adding designs ON TOP of their painted layer with construction paper crayons and oil pastels.
The first days of painting can be seen below. Click to enlarge.
The upper elementary (3rd-6th) will also be creating a collaborative piece. This concept was inspired by Libs Elliot as well as fellow art teacher Mrs. Nguyen. More details to come soon, as they will be starting this next week! Check out some sneak peeks pictures below. These are inspirational pictures - ours will turn out a little differently. Can't wait!
Check out what we are up to at the High School building HERE.
5th Grade Warm Color Trees
Mr. LaBonte's class created these amazing tree paintings. They are still in the process of completion. Unfortunately, we will be missing days due to NO SCHOOL days. We have art on Thursdays, which we do not have a lot of in November.
The following steps w completed over a few weeks of classes.
1. Tape off tree design on cardboard using masking tape.
2. Paint over the tape with desired background color.
(My students were required to use warm colors - red, orange, yellow, and pink)
3. Let the paint try and apply a second coat if needed.
4. Remove masking tape very carefully.
5. Paint tree space black to create a tree silhouette.
6. Add details like metallic paint, sequins, glitter, etc for some pizazz.
7. Add finishing coat of Mod Podge to seal paint.
2nd Grade artists completed this lovely sunset paintings. The process went something like this:
1. Draw a sunset design with black sharpie marker
2. Fill in the white paper with watercolor paint. Warm colors for the sky. Cool colors for the ocean.
3. Go over the dried paint with oil pastel to enhance the color.
4. Matte the final painting on blue construction paper to finalize it.
The results are fantastic, and the 2nd graders had a lot of fun completing this project!