Thursday, February 26, 2015


Who doesn't love a good cupcakeAfter studying works of Pop Artist Wayne Thiebaud and using chalk pastels to create highlights and shadows (previous post) third graders worked to create 3-D cupcake boxes. 

The cupcakes were created using different hand-building techniques. All the cupcake bottoms were shaped using the pinch pot method, while the tops were made using the pinch or the coil method. Cherries were attached with scoring and slipping. After the bisque firing, color and details were added using tempera paint, Finally, a gloss coat of acrylic sealer was added to  give the frosting a yummy shine.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Texture Self Portraits

Texture was the focus of our last Kindergarten unit. Texture is one of the elements of art and is how something feels or looks like it would feel. 

Since we had made shoe print texture medallions before break, we were ready for a texture hunt in the classroom. We found patterns on our shoes, classroom surfaces and texture plates. We saved the patterns by creating rubbings with the sides of paperless crayons and these rubbings became the background for our self portraits.

Our self portraits were collages made with paper and 3-D materials including yarn, pipe cleaners, lace, burlap, jersey fabric, card board and buttons. We also talked about the face and where the different features and details are found on the face. Special attention was used when thinking about the color of hair and eyes and the shape of our eyes.