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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BunBun One Day Watercolor Value Excercise



For this project, students are working on creating value with watercolor. Some students colored with crayon because their class was shorter. We made a monochromatic bunny with tints and shades of brown and gray.

Students were requires to make a scale of value from dark to light on the bunny's face and body.

 We looked at lots of photos of bunnies, colors, shape, and had Bunbun come for a visit.We looked at Bunbuns eyes, ears, and feet.





Add eggs to make a 2 day project!

This project was modified for the younger ones below with this step by step draw a long


It is always more fun to do a still life with a live model!



















Tuesday, March 3, 2015

3rd Grade Triceratops Skull Still Life and Birds!!

 Third grade has been producing some fun things and learning so much about color and value!
For this project, students drew a still life of a skull and painted it with black and white tempera paint being so careful to create VALUE (dark to light) using OBSERVATION of shadows and light on the object! Then they used a cool color pallet to create an interesting background with lines that created EMPHASIS on the skull!











For this projects, students looked at books about birds and our very own bird model to create a bird with an interesting setting that included a foreground, middleground, and background! 


 We used pencil to draw the birds first paying close attention to wings, flight feathers, tail feathers and beak shape


They learned blending techniques for the sky and water


Each student had a very unique composition and blended the oil pastels so nicely!



You can see my Ode to Oil pastels HERE! They are my favorite art supply!



Shrimp!


Shrimp has a FB page now if you want to follow his crazy art class bird adventures! 

                                                https://www.facebook.com/ShrimptheParrot


Saturday, February 28, 2015

2nd grade Family Portraits (step by step lesson)


This year I was so excited to come up with a new improved way to teach 2nd grade how to draw their families nice and BIG with overlapping! 
When families have their portraits made, they bunch up, they aren't just in a line, which is how kids like to draw people! 

These are the steps
1. draw the horizon line in the middle

2. I made little ovals for them to trace. Adult heads at the top of the paper, children on or just below the horizon lines, and teenagers between mom and kids. Make sure they don't make the child too far below the horizon line or there won't be room for legs.
The kids can be directly under and adult head to create OVERLAPPING which creates depth and makes it look more realistic. 

3. Make a "skeleton" to position the bodies. I tell kids to draw the neck and then a letter "I" for the shoulders and hips

4. Now draw arms and legs. we talk about how you like your family members and could be holding hands or have their arms around one another

5. then draw hair lines, eyes in the middle, and eyes could be looking at each other to create emotion and a feeling of love between family members! Then erase the sticks, draw clothes, and decorate (glasses, mustache, add pets and items/props that represent their interests)






6. Use liquid watercolor to paint. We painted the skin, hair, and grass during the first painting class period





7. In the second painting class, we painted the clothes and sky. Separating these parts between two days helps eliminate sky and grass from blending into the people

Here are some of our finished products! They turned out BEAUTIFUL!! 


























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