Fifth grade students practiced different watercolor techniques. Students cycled through stations to practice all techniques and then students had an opportunity to combine the different techniques at the last station. Students will be required to combine at least two techniques in their watercolor artist trading card.
We had a vistor in the art room this week! Dr. Lynn, our Advanced Learning Facilitator, came to help fifth grade students provide positive, constructive peer feedback on their watercolor thumbnail sketches for their Artist Trading Card project. Students gave "Glows" and "Grows" on each others' sketches, focusing on composition and watercolor techniques used. Students will use this feedback to reflect on their sketch before beginning their final watercolor trading card.
Fourth grade students first shared their favorite meal with their tablemates. We then went on MyPlate to look at which foods are part of a healthy eating lifestyle. Students then brainstormed with their peers how they can adjust their favorite meal to be heart healthy. Some students made simple adjustments such as replacing their grain to be whole-wheat or whole-grain instead of white bread. Some students eliminated their dessert and added a vegetable instead.
Students then drew their meal in a top-down view as an initial sketch to reference from when creating their meal out of model magic clay. Students then painted the clay trying to paint a realistic recreation of their meal.
Kindergarten students created a symmetrical evergreen tree. Students then added a horizon line separating the sky from the ground. Students thought about the difference between something that is symmetric and asymetric. Students then added snow falling and snow clumped in their tree thinking about asymmetry.
Showing examples of architecture is a great way to help students understand the difference between something that is symmetrical or assymetrical.
Fifth grade students first created a watercolor background using watercolor paint and salt. The students discovered that the salt dissolves the water in the paint leaving behind a crystallized snowy texture.
Students then created their own snowflakes starting with intersecting line segments. Students then chose to add endpoints to their line segments and/or a center shape where the lines intersect.
Third grade students created their leaf prints by Styrofoam block printing
Printmaking is messy but fun!! The students went from table to table to try different color combinations. They needed to put their work on the drying rack and then wash and dry their Styrofoam before creating their next print.
Every year I love to show the students American artist Doris Lee's painting Thanksgiving. This year I had the students be "Art Detectives." When looking at the painting the students had to imagine what their 5 senses would experience if they stepped into the painting. The students had to imagine what they might hear, smell, taste, see, or could touch in this painting.
The cornucopia or horn pf plenty is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers, or nuts.
Second grade students used model magic clay to create fruits, vegetables, and things from nature to fill their own cornucopia. Thier cornucopia was created by a straw texture rubbing. Students then had to create their own secondary colors in the clay by mixing the primary colors together.
Second grade students learned how to create the illusion of space in their art. Students created a tree collage and used cardboard to paint their paper to create texture for their tree trunks.
Students also created a collaborative iPad drawing showing deep space and creating visual texture of tree bark on the tree trunks.
"I want to offer art as an outlet of expression to my students to help them gain a personal sense of accomplishment, ownership, and confidence while creating their work."