Kindergarten "Dot" Paintings
We read The Dot by Peter Reynolds are were inspired to start our painting with a dot and see where it lead us. Many created stunning radial designs.
1st Grade Still Life
Students observed a bouquet of silk flowers to create these still life paintings.
1st Grade Seascapes
Students used a variety of techniques for this project. One the first day, we learned how to make a tint by adding white to blue paint. We painted a beautiful seascape and let it dry. On the next day, we used liquid watercolors to make a sunset on our next piece of paper, marveling at how the colors blended together like a real sunset. Finally, we glued our papers together and added a sailboat with black paper.
1st Grade Winter Collages
We were very inspired by a record breaking snowy winter here in Michigan. We used a variety of papers to create a winter scene. Then we applied white "snow" by dipping a q-tip into white tempera paint. Oil pastel was used to give these collages some final details.
2nd Grade Stained Glass Drawings
After studying warm and cool colors, second graders divided their papers into sections, reminiscent of a stained glass windows. They learned to apply oil pastel with pressure to create stunning colors in each area of their picture.
2nd Grade Snowmen
We read Snowmen At Night, and noticed how the illustrator used value to make the snowmen look realistic. We created value by blending oil pastels to look like highlights and shadows. We painted over the background with liquid watercolor paint and loved how adding salt gave the appearance of snowflakes falling in the background.