Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Grade 3 Tree house drawings. This project is a fun way to start the year working with line, shapes, and color and delving into our imaginations to design a dream tree house. Some classes listened to read aloud stories from The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne. The goal was to fill all of the space with color, including a horizon line separating the ground and sky, a tree with branches, a way to get in and out of the tree house, a background setting, and at least ten details showing things they would like to have in an imaginary tree house. They were challenged to keep it “unplugged,” without electrical devices.

Grade 4 studied the work of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Practicing with view finders and flowers from our school garden, they learned about zooming in and cropping a picture to make a composition with interesting negative space. Some very successful results! When adding color we discussed using families of color, layering, adding texture, and making a focal point.

Grade 2 giant fall leaf paintings 
This project came from deepspacesparkle.com
I love how unique they all look!
We started with a study of the lines of the leaf, notice how the pattern of veins starts from a central line. We studied how warm and cool colors can make each other stand out when separated and placed side by side. Finally we practiced making outlines in black with the brushes, noticing how you get thicker lines when pressing harder on the brush, and thinner lines when pressing delicately.

Student work created for our Square 1 art school fundraiser: