Sunday, January 18, 2015

3rd Grade Ceramic Bird Nests

We created these nests back in late November (see earlier post).  In the cold winter depths of my unheated supply room, it took the first couple weeks of December to dry them enough to safely bisque fire them.  Now that they've been glazed and fired once again, third graders spent the first part of art class this week wrapping them up for safe transport  home -- but not before I managed a few pics.  Enjoy!

2nd Grade Snowglobes

Second graders created these snowglobes from construction paper, colored pencil (for their winter scenes), oil pastel (for their glass reflections), white acrylic paint (for their snow), and, of course, glitter (to make everything sparkle).  (Sorry if some of that glitter came home with your child!)  While working on this brief project, we focused on giving 2D shapes the appearance of 3D forms, in this case just through highlighting our globes with curved reflections and adding curved bases to our globes. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

1st Grade Snowman Collages

Artwork by Abigail B.

I remind 1st graders of the snowman collage they made as kindergartners  (see previous post) and show them a teacher example of this different look at a snowman.  We talk about the differences we see and why we see them.  For example, "Why is the snowman's nose at the top of his head?" and "What's different about this snowman's body?"  By keeping the medium (collage) the same as the last snowman they created in art class, the focus of this lesson becomes more about this different perspective and how changing our perspective as artists (or as problem solvers) might change our results into something more interesting.

Artwork by Sterling S.

Artwork by Alex B.

Artwork by Lauren M. (Who says the work has to stop at the edges of the paper?)

Artwork by Nichole P.

4th Grade Snowmen at Night

Artwork by Landon W.

In addition to being a cute little poem about the antics of snowmen after dark, the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner contains some beautiful illustrations by the author's husband, Mark Buehner.  His work offers the students some great examples of using shadows and highlights to give form to what would otherwise be the traditional "flat" snowman they've drawn before.  Students build on what they learned about turning shapes into forms in third grade with our Deep Space Oil Pastels, this time using colored pencils to create their shading values and making use of the native color of the light blue construction paper for the "in between" color of their snowmen.  (Compare these highly realistic snowmen with the collages they created as kindergartners in the post above to get a sense of how far these Dolphins have come in art!)

Artwork by Jack P.

Artwork by Sydney R.

Artwork by Maggie H.