Thursday, May 15, 2014

Paper planes!!!

I am so impressed with my kiddos on this project!!! The students did such a wonderful job and they were proud of their own work!!! Here are just a few (I will post more soon) of the amazing paper planes. They look so realistic that a few younger students came into my classroom and saw one of these examples on the table and tried grabbing the plane off the paper and were totally surprised that they we're drawn! These were completed using white card stock, pencil, ruler and red and blue colored pencil. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dis de Los metros crayon resist

Dis de Los Muertos is one of my favorite holidays! It is a joyous and happy way to celebrate someone's life that has passed away. This holiday is celebrated around Halloween and includes skulls as a major role, so many people associate them together, but it is it's own holiday.  Dia de Los Muertos is filled with bright colors and skulls as it's theme. For this project, students created crayon resists of skulls. They could choose to draw it about a late family or friend, or just a cool skull image. When we colored we pressed really dark with crayons (some also use oil pastels). Next, we crumpled the paper to create cracks in the wax. Then we painted over it with watered down black paint. The paint should stay in the cracks or anywhere else that was not colored. This gives a really cool effect when finished!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fall still life

This post is a bit late but these pumpkins turned out so beautiful! 8th grade Students were studying value using pencil and colored pencil.  Since it was fall, I set up a still life (using my document camera) and mini pumpkins and gourds. They were asked to divide the paper into 4 sections any way they chose. Next, they drew the still life lightly in pencil and then began shading!! We really tried to work on shading craftsmanship and I think they did a phenomenal job!


6th grade students finished their collages and they look AMAZING!! We used magazines to create a simple picture. We wanted the colors to be similar but to use different textures in the pictures to create more interest.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

If Picasso drew...

7th graders learned about Picasso this quarter! We put a spin on our Picasso project by having the students recreate a character from a show/movie that they like, but instead of drawing it the same, we drew it as if Picasso drew it!!! I think they had fun recreating these familiar images!! We also worked on craftsmanship with colored pencil by coloring so you could not see the direction lines (using even pressure).