Tuesday, October 30, 2012

If the Shoe Fits...

Fifth graders have been working on a drawing unit focusing on observation and proportion.

After a review of contour drawing, the students completed both blind and regular contour drawings concentrating on careful observation.

Our shoes were the subject of our next class where students strived for realism and life-sized contour drawings.

Looking at proportion/scale, we used viewfinders to isolate interesting compositions within the shoe drawing. The small compositions were then enlarged to experiment with how a small part could be made larger and more important. We relied a lot on our math skills as we estimated 1/4 and 1/2 to help with "guideposts" for placement of lines and shapes.

The completed compositions were often abstract. We capitalized by tracing our lines and using primary and secondary colored watercolors to paint the shapes. The students felt very successful and enjoyed the drawing unit.






Tuesday, October 9, 2012


OKthat song reference probably dates me but color and feelings has been the emphasis with Kindergarten through Second Grade as Ms. Webster, our UGA student teacher, worked with the students over the past few weeks.

She introduced the idea by reading Dr. Seuss' last published book. His widow chose the husband and wife team Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher to illustrate the story. Although he had written it many years before his passing, Dr. Seuss believed that only a painter could capture the "feeling" of the story.

Kindergarteners identified the primary colors and matched feelings to each. We also worked on tracing, cutting, and gluing skills.

First Graders took inspiration from the story and brainstormed how animals (and people) show their emotions through their facial expressions and body language. All of this was used to create animal portraits. Artist statements were completed to share why the animals had the shared feelings.

The cheeda is mad because something hurched him. 

The horse is sad because he has no fraends to play with.

The lion is happy because yellow is the color of a real lion.


Second graders created self-portraits with mixed up feelings. The students used mirrors to observe how the eyes, brows, and mouth change to express different feelings associated with the primary and secondary colors. Artist statements shared the emotions and a time when the student felt that emotion.

mad and jealous
sad and happy

happy and sad