Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sixth Grade Perspective Drawing

Sixth graders learned how to draw in one-point perspective. In one-point perspective, all diagonal lines lead to the same point, called the vanishing point. Students designed and created their dream rooms, including furniture, skylights, and home decor. This is a super creative and quirky class, and the room themes ranged from candy to ocean to outer space!

Click here for a great tutorial on one-point perspective by art educator Harold Olejarz!

Here are some wonderful examples of the rooms:

Seventh Grade Shading

Seventh graders spend the first trimester learning about how to use value, or variations of light and darkness, to create special effects in their artwork.  Click here to see some of the prep work they did and some of the images they viewed and discussed!

Here are some samples of their shading work:

The Maccabees are Here!

Fifth grade just finished their awesome Maccabee sculptures. We have been working on these since October, and we've gone through processes such as life drawing, wire work, plastering, sewing, carving, and more.  I am proud to say that the sculptures are particularly epic this year- the students went to town on the accessories, including sophisticated tools and weapons, and even clay dogs and livestock.  Here are some of the amazing results!

Winter Splatter-paint Snowstorm!

As it happens during many days in New England, the weather forecasters were incorrect.  The light, fluffy snow predicted was, as it turned out, icy rain. Yuck!  I decided to do a wishful thinking weather project with the first graders. I read them the classic The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, then demonstrated how to draw a snowy scene with oil pastels. Finally, I showed them how to gently splatter paint with white "snow" (tempera paint) to create snowflakes and snow blusters. They had a wonderful time- though I did have to explain to one student that if you can taste the paint, you're probably splattering too hard.