Saturday, June 9, 2012

The School Year Comes to a Close

We were able to get some really nice cover stock from a printing business this year so everyone was able to have an over sized portfolio to take home 2D art. Many of the fifth graders volunteered to fold and staple the cases.

Most everyone had enough time to doodle, paint, or decorate the outside. Some clever perfectionists even discovered that by flipping the outside to the inside they'd have more surface to get creative!

The sixth graders are moving on to middle school so we made two sides pocket folders from the donated cover stock. That way we could load the set of personal art and the assigned work on separate sides.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Grandad's Bluff Scenes

We have a decent view from our schools top floor looking toward the east at Grandad's Bluff.  This year I decided to take the fifth graders up to a vacant classroom and have a first hand look at the scenery. 

Here are some of the results.  We sketched on 8.5 x 11 paper and enlarged the main lines to 12 x 18 paper in 3 class periods.  For 3-4 more class periods we were in the regular art room (out of view of the scenery).  The budding landscape artists finished out the scene by choosing a season and completed the look in charcoal, chalk, oil pastel and watercolor. 
Kaitlyn's Summer View

Grace's Winter View

Brandon's Autum Night View

 It is a project that is sure to become a tradition in our building because of the unique perspective of being so close to the real landscape feature. 

Jacob's Bluff with Abstract Rock Formations
Spring on Grandad's by Lane

Ground Level Viewpoint
photo taken from classroom and edited with i pad