Kindergarten recently learned how to draw using proportions by drawing simple bird shapes. They were given a white strip of paper which they used to make it look as if the bird was sitting on a branch of a birch tree.
We then used oil pastels to make the birch tree look more realistic. Next, we drew male cardinals on the branches using red, black, and orange oil pastels. Last we added some snowflakes on the background to complete the scene.
Students learned how to use
a technique called shading, to make their cones and snowman appear to be three
dimensional. We used oil pastels for the cones, pressing harder on one side to
create a shaded look. On the same side of our snowman we used blue watercolor
to create a cool blue shaded area.
We also created highlights, by using the white oil pastel to draw a brighter line on the
opposite side of the cone. Drawing the highlight makes the three dimensional
look of the snowman/cone look even more intense.
Then we used oil pastels to add the details of the snowman, as well as draw the beautiful
snowflakes in the background.
snowflakes, while creating depth by drawing larger ones (which are closer to
the viewer), and smaller ones (which appear to be further in the background).
I think if we were to draw Mr. Heintzelman's snowman right now, he would need much less shading than the other day haha : ) poor snowman!