Fifth grade students learn about a different way to use watercolors using a Wet-on-wet technique for this fall painting. They are to use a focal point of a fall object (pumpkin, tree, scarecrow, etc.) then outline their drawing with glue. Once the glue dries the students paint using the wet-on-wet technique, then finally outline their glue lines with a thin point Sharpie.
Students in 4th grade look at the art of Georgia O'Keeffe. They select a painting of hers that inspires them to recreate. They have to mix all of their own colors using only primary colors as well as black to shade and white to tint to create a color wheel before making their painting.
This piece of art is an example for the 3rd Grade Chalk Pastel/Glue Resist Leaf project. Each student is to draw a variety of symmetrical and asymmetrical leaves using overlapping and going off of the page. When drawing, students are to look at the veins of the leaves as guidelines. After the leaves are drawn, glue is used to outline. When the glue is dried chalk pastels are used and blended together to make the leaves look realistic. Warm colors are used in the leaves and cool colors are used in the background to make a high level of contrast so the leaves stand out.
This example was used with my 2nd grade students to show the three main parts of a landscape (foreground, middle ground and background). I also explained and demonstrated how to add highlights to objects to make them look realistic. We discussed the seasons and how trees look in the fall.
This is an example that I created for my 1st grade students learning about the artist Kandinsky. They worked to use the elements of art, including, shape, line, color and texture, to create these interesting Abstract Expressionistic pieces of art. They also thought about how color made them feel since Kandinsky often used color to express emotion in his paintings.
This is a sign that I made for displaying the 3rd Grade students Impressionistic Landscapes in the hallway. They were inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh as well as Georges Seurat, so I showed them how to work in both of those techniques. My example shows one of the most famous Impressionistic works of art, Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.