2nd Grade students made these lovely spring trees. We reviewed color mixing, used marker caps for stamps (track back to this post for more info), and talked about the cycle of a tree.
Drawing and Painting From Observation January 18, 2012
2nd grade students just finished what started as drawing from observation. Each student was handed fake flowers to draw from. They ranged from daisies, sunflowers, and roses. We discussed perspective, line quality, and details. Students practiced drawing their flowers in pencil on paper. I asked them to add a patterned background.
The next class we added watercolor to the pencil drawing. Last, we retraced the pencil with black tempera.
7th grade students made their sketchbooks today. They started with a sheet of white construction paper for their cover filled with 4 sheets of drawing paper. Folding the stack like a book.
Using a hole punch, 5 holes were punched along the binding. Students used yarn to hold the binding together. I told them to come up with their own binding pattern. The way they thread the yearn will create a pattern in the binding.
We decorated the cover with crayon designs and painted over with watercolor creating a wax resist. The design still shows through the paint because the wax does not allow any paint to be absorbed. When the paper was dry, they used Sharpie to add more details and designs.
Sketchbooks will be used in class for writing, sketching, and drawing ideas.
Romero Britto Inspired Paintings January 9, 2012
4th graders have started a painting inspired by the artist Romero Britto.
He creates very bright and fun paintings full of great lines and shapes. 4th graders identified what made his work unique and created a sketch of their own. Once they finished a sketch in pencil, they used watercolors to fill in the shapes. I ask the students to jump around the page to that their watercolor does not bleed together. Again for this project I am using my new intermediate watercolors rather than the regular shades.
Next students will use black tempera and small brushes to add the thick black lines like Romero uses. The students noticed how much the lines made the colors POP!
A Color of His Own January 6, 2012
1st graders listened to a story about a cute little Chameleon by Leo Lionni.
This lesson was originally from Deep Space Sparkle.
First we drew our own chameleons with black crayon. It’s easy once you help students break the lizard down into basic shapes (triangle head, oval body).
I recently ventured into different watercolor shades. You usually get basic rainbow colors plus black and brown.
This year, I purchased and added NEW colors! Yay! The kids are as excited as I am!
Left to right is Magenta, Orange, yellow, Yellow-Green, Turquoise, Blue-Violet, Red-Violet, and White. Off we went painting…