Monday, November 24, 2014

KL - Self-Portriats

The Kindergarteners used mirrors to observe their own features for these amazing self-portraits. They used sharpie for the drawing and markers for coloring. Then the students used a wet paint brush to transform the markers into watercolors. They are super cute

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

KB - Self-Portraits

The Kindergarteners used mirrors to observe their own features for these amazing self-portraits. They used sharpie for the drawing and markers for coloring. Then the students used a wet paint brush to transform the markers into watercolors. They are super cute.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

2F - Collage Animals

The 2nd graders were presented with a shape. Their task was to transform that shape into an animal. They could cut and add other smaller paper to their animal, but they could not modify the original shape. They also used a marker to accentuate some of the features. I am really impressed with how the 2nd graders took a random shape and transformed it in ways I never expected. These animals sure are cute.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

1 - Self-portraits

We had a brief discussion about the location, size, and shape of the different parts of the face. The first graders then jumped in to draw their self-portraits using mirrors to observe their features. They used sharpie over their pencil drawing, and they painted with tempera paint. I am truly floored by the accuracy, beauty, and expressiveness of these self-portraits. They certainly are keepers.

Friday, November 7, 2014

5L - Working on Self-Portraits in the style of Matisse

The 5th grade is now working on the first of their self-portrait series. They will do three self-portraits in different styles. The first style is inspired by the portraits of Matisse from his early work. We discussed the stylistic features Matisse employed in his works, and the students are now incorporating those stylistic features in their self-portraits. I am so excited. They look great so far.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2W - Animal Collages

The 2nd graders were presented with a shape. Their task was to transform that shape into an animal. They could cut and add other smaller paper to their animal, but they could not modify the original shape. They also used a marker to accentuate some of the features. I am really impressed with how the 2nd graders took a random shape and transformed it in ways I never expected. These animals sure are cute.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

1st - Invent-A-Fish

The first graders started this project by doing a careful observation drawing of a fish of their choice. They looked at photographs and noticed the shape and positioning of the features of their fish. Then we talked about the common characteristics of all of their fish. Using the common characteristics, they have invented fish. The observation drawing was research for their invented fish. Subsequently they proceeded knowledgeably about fish as they created. Their Invent-A-Fish paintings are ink with watercolor.

Monday, November 3, 2014

5L - Cartoon Self-Portraits

The 5th graders started out a year of self-portraits by doing an observational self-portrait drawing in their sketchbooks. Once they got that under their belts, they did a cartoon self-portrait. After the serious work of recording accurate facial proportions and shapes, it was fun to let loose with the cartoon self-portrait. Exaggeration was encouraged. Accuracy was not as important as feeling. The results are a lot of fun. They used sharpie and watercolors.

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