Thursday, February 18, 2016

First Grade's: Snowy Snowmen Ice Cream Cones
      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


     Draw 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!

Kindergarten's: Cut Paper Penguins

Students learned how to…
·     -Draw a penguin, by looking at pictures of real penguins.
·     -Glue only certain parts of the paper down so that it creates a popping effect.
·     -Rip white paper to gain the ‘fluffy’ edge look and glue it to  achieve the look of snow.     
       -Draw beautiful snowflakes in the background. 

The students had so fun fun making these! Some even gave their penguin a name!

Even caught this little guy (below) on the one hundredth day of school haha! Too cute!

Some even decided to give their penguin siblings : ) 

2nd Grade: Winter Landscapes
      We created a winter landscape which demonstrates both depth and perspective using crayons and white paint! First, we drew our houses and trees, then colored them using crayons. We learned to press hard with our crayons to create a brighter color! 

   We also learned how to create depth within our landscapes by drawing overlapping hills in the background and adding smaller objects further in the distance. Sidewalks were drawn using perspective to give the illusion of distance.

   We shaded one side of the trunk and branches with a darker crayon added even more dimension to our drawing!

    Then we drew blue shadows in the snow for the trees and snowmen so that they looked more three dimensional and more realistic!

Lastly, we used white paint to add the effect of snow laying on the ground and rooftops! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kindergarten's Snowmen Paintings!

For this project, students learned how to us a fan brush to make large circles, as well as fill in large areas of paint! 

They also learned what details are in a painting, by applying eyes, noses, and arms to their snowmen!

 Then students were able to sprinkle glitter on top (while the paint was still wet) to create a 'realistic' snowy effect!

First Grade: Snowmen Ornaments!

 We talked all about where clay comes from and where to find natural clay! We sculpted  our snowmen heads out of low fire clay and let them dry. Then Mrs. N fired them in the kiln for us! Then we used paint, pipe-cleaners, and puff balls to decorate them before we took them home!

Monday, February 1, 2016

First Grade's: Snowy Log Cabins

   For this project, we focused on Texture! We added texture to several surfaces including our snow and roof!  Then we tore the white paper to create a ‘fluffy’ line of snow! It’s amazing what you can do with paper other than cutting it with a scissors!


To create the cozy cabin, we used pop-sickle sticks to mimic the construction of a real log cabin!

 We cut our roof out of sandpaper so that it would look and feel similar to shingles! 

  For the finishing touches, crayons were used to add details such as snowflakes and people building     snowmen!