Thursday, April 28, 2016

Watercolor Peacocks





Students in grades 1-3 created these realistic watercolor peacocks! We began by drawing out the peacock in pencil step by step. Once the drawing was complete, we outlined the drawing with cool colors (blue, green and purple). We looked at pictures of real peacocks in nature to see the colors and textures of all the feathers. We then painted the peacocks using cool colors, however students could choose to paint the eyes of the tail feathers with a warm color. Last, we stamped lines in the back feathers to recreate the texture of a real peacock.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Skeleton Drawings





These skeletons started as a practice in drawing positive and negative space. Students had to carefully examine the spaces in between (the negative space) as well as the bones (the positive space). After two classes, students began to add detail and value to the bones. To fill in the background space, I demonstrated how to use watercolor paints for a crayon resist. I let the artists decide how they wanted to paint the background. This is a great drawing project to teach the principles of positive and negative space as well as value.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Self-Portraits with Names





Students in grades 4-6 created these self-portraits with watercolor paint. We began by drawing half of a face in pencil. I taught the students accurate proportions in the face. When the face was finished, students would fill the other half of the page with their name in large block or bubble letters. I also provided some examples of graffiti style fonts for the more advanced students. The face and names were then traced over with crayon before being filled in with watercolor paint. We learned how to use more or less water to create lighter and darker skin tones. This was a new twist on self-portraits that easily add a nice element of personality.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Rockets in Space





Students in grades PreK and Kinder created these fun outer space artworks. We began by using watercolor paints to blend colors together. During the next class, we traced circles over this painting and cut those out to create planets. These were glued to a black paper and white dots were added for stars. The final class students cut out simple shapes like rectangles, circles and triangles to create the rockets. This was a fun project that connected to the elementary science curriculum.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Contour Line Hands






International Academy students created these contour line hand paintings. We began by creating contour line drawings of our hands. A contour line is essentially an outline that defines the form or edge. These were then transferred repeatedly onto a larger paper. Students needed to arrange the hands in a way to make a good use of space. Once complete, these hands were painted with watercolors and blended. Students were assessed on the form of the hand, the use of space and the blending of analogous colors.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Winter Landscapes





Students in grades 4-6 created these winter landscapes. We painted a patterned background to show movement in cool colors. The trees were made by layering tissue paper onto a white page, then cutting this page into large triangles. We added white ground, snow falling and gold branches as well. This was a great lesson to teach movement, contrast and color schemes!

Winter Birch Trees





Students in grades 1-3 created these winter birch tree landscapes. I showed the students how to use masking tape to create the trees. We then painted the background with tints of blue and purple. Students were encouraged to imply movement with their lines- to use straighter lines for a calm night or more curvy lines for wind. Once the painting was dry, we peeled the tape up to reveal the white trees! We added an outline for contrast and some other lines for texture. The final class students created birds, a silver moon, and stamped snow with white paint.