5th Grade students reviewed line quality in a work of art while creating these landscape paintings with Zentangle inspired lines.
Students first sketched out their landscape as we talked about using a horizon line and different levels of ground. They were then able to paint their landscapes with a creative color scheme.
Once painting was dry, students reviewed line quality and watched a couple videos on zentangle drawings and then they began to fill the sections of their painting with different lines. Most of the lines were drawing using colored pencils. Some were done using black marker.
See more of these works in our Artsonia Gallery.
Kindergarten students created monsters using a variety of lines and learned about how Primary Colors mixed together to make Secondary Colors.
1st Grade -
1st Grade students practiced lines and the crayon-resist method to lend a "hand" to our 6 class (3 grade level) group display. They also were introduced to Author/Illustrator Eric Carle as they created a ladybug collage. They learned how Primary colors mix to make a Secondary color as they painted papers for these ladybugs.
2nd Grade -
2nd grade students also reviewed and practiced using a variety of lines in the group "Hands Up" project.
Mrs. Stenger's 2nd grade students looked at the lines and textures in birch trees as they drew with oil pastels. They reviewed the Primary colors and used these to paint the background of their trees. The mixture of the Primary colors created a beautiful background for the trees!
3rd Grade -
3rd grade students in Mrs. Kipp's and Mrs. Timmer's class also contributed to the "Hands Up" group project. Mrs. Tague's 3rd graders practiced lines doing Zentangles. Zentangles are like doodles. They are a great way to use a variety of lines, patterns, and designs to create a work of art.
Mrs. Tague's 3rd grade students, as well as the 2nd/3rd grade students in Kipp and Timmer's class, reviewed the element of color. They discussed warm and cool colors as they painted two background watercolors for some fun ink-blown trees.
Mrs. Tague's students finished their trees early and were able to make an ink monster by blowing a puddle of ink then adding colored pencil details and googly eyes.
They had so much fun with these. I plan on letting the other classes have a try at them soon!
4th and 5th Grade -
The two 4/5 split classes also spent a couple art times doing a Zentangle. These students seem to really enjoy the freeness of doing a Zentangle.
Students reviewed the element of color and were working on a cool project that combined Art, Science, and Math for the last few weeks of the first quarter. It's called Color Wheel Eyes. A few students put finishing touches on this project today. They will soon be graded and photographed for Artsonia and displayed in the hallway.
Here's a photo of this project in process. Stay tuned for the finished artworks!
5th Graders Clay Checker Project
This is one of those projects I've had in the back of my mind just waiting to fit it in a good place. I had a fun...but super social...5th grade class at Washington this year that I knew would enjoy the challenge and fun of making a checker set. So we spent the majority of 4th quarter working on it.
We spent many classes designing, sculpting, and glazing creative clay checkers. We created a checker board using tagboard that we painted. This took some math skills as well to use rulers to mark off 1 1/2 inch squares on a 12inch board. The students chose contrasting colors to paint their boards.
When it was all done - It was time to PLAY!!
Watch this video for highlights of this project!
One of the things I love about my Washington 5th graders is they are always willing to try new things. I rarely get moans or groans when I ask them to do something in my class. We spent the last couple of weeks working on something brand new to these students - Monoprints.
A monoprint printmaking
Once one print is pulled, then the plastic is repainted and the process begins again! The students created as many monoprints as we had time for in one class period. It was a fun - crazy busy 45 minutes!
The next class I had students look over their prints and pick the one they liked the best. They were given one more assignment before this project would be complete. We used colored pencils and thin black markers to add more lines and color to the print. Students were encouraged to use a lot of line quality (using a variety of lines) in the works.
The results were fun and energetic!
Washington has been my "Home" school for many years now. I enjoy teaching all the different students who make up this diverse school. I have taught a multitude of lessons in this building and have learned just as much from all of the students.
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