WOW! The 8th and 9th graders blew me away with their first homework assignment. I am stunned at the image quality and creativity they showed. I am so excited about the talent in this class, I hope all the parents know that this group is amazing! What a stellar group of young photographers, I can't believe they are already turning in work of this quality,
The fifth graders started one of my favorite projects of the year! We learned how to to draw a few different types of cacti and then layered them in a vase to create a unique still life. The students always exceed my expectations with this project, I can't wait to see them painted!
The third graders learned how to use a continuous line and we drew some hilarious owls. I walked the students through the drawing process step by step, they were so excited when they saw the owl start to take shape. They did the drawing in sharpie then added some crazy colors with markers.
For the art show this year I decided to have the fourth graders to a collaborative project involving radial symmetry. I cut out a bunch of paper circles and had the students fold them into 8 pieces. After that I showed them how to take one slice of the pie and repeat the pattern around the center. They then traced their designs and colored.
The 6th grade class has been hard at work on a printmaking project. We learned about reduction prints and used books from our school library to draw some amazing animals to work from.
The sixth grade class has a blast this week learning about printmaking. We started with some awesome reference books out librarian pulled out for us, each book had tons of animal pictures for the students to draw from. After they did a few sketches in their sketchbook, they picked their favorite and traced the outline onto a Styrofoam sheet. They then used that plate to print 3-4 backgrounds in different colors. After the backgrounds were done and printed, students traced on additional details and printed over their backgrounds. The results is a simplified version of a reduction print with two colors and a nice white border. I love how they turned out! Regardless of artistic skill, each student was able to feel accomplished by creating their own unique print.
My fourth graders finished up their underwater paintings this week! We learned about ocean ecosystems, explored a variety of underwater creatures and then drew in some fishy silhouettes. To finish their painting, the students used black paint to fill in the fish to create shadows. A bunch of these turned out very nicely, some were a little messy haha! Overall, the students had a fun time with the project.
The ceramics students finished up their beautiful mugs! They are all unique and so fun to look at. They need to sit out for about a week until they are ready to fire.
7th Grade Art
The seventh graders have been hard at work finishing up the bases for their masks. I am so excited to see each mask finished, the students are really doing a great job.
5th Grade Art
The fifth grade classes started a fun landscape project. They used printed references to draw their own nature scenes. Next week we will be tracing in sharpie and using watercolor to finish them up!
Art Teacher (3-9) at Thomas Edison Charter School