Monday, February 29, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

1st Grade - Warm and Cool House Collage

Wrapping up the first grade color unit is this collage project.  We spend a few weeks going back over the color wheel and mixing colors before we divide the colors up a different way:  warm and cool.  We deduce which colors are warm and which are cool, then we use the cool colors to make a background for our warm houses.  Each artwork is made completely out of paper, and the warm colors really pop from the cool background.  Our first graders did an outstanding job.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

4th Grade - Cartoons

Before winter break, the fourth graders at Central had a chance to explore one of my favorite things: cartooning.  I provide the kids with a sheet that has suggestions for drawing different expressions with eyes, noses, and mouths, which they combine into their own character.  The idea is to make up some context for the characters too; interesting cartoons have their own world.  We all have a lot of fun with this project, and some of the basics we learn with this one apply to a lot of the other projects we work on after.  Take a look.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Kindergarten - Rainbow Collage

I've been tinkering with the approach to this one over the years, but the result has stayed the same.  This project is a good way to wrap up the color mixing we'd been doing the last couple weeks, and a good reminder of the the line vocabulary we'd talked about earlier in the year.  Kindergarteners mix a rainbow using only the primary colors, then cut it into pieces and glue it back together, leaving gaps to make black lines in the rainbow.  Take a look at some of the excellent examples: