This week, all my classes learned about Picasso and his blue period. In the two younger groups, we read Pigasso and Mootise by Nina Laden, which definitely got a few laughs. My K-2 group then drew birds with guided drawing. Their challenge was to mix a variety of colors using only blue, turquoise, green and white. […]
My 6th grade and up class completed their Stravinsky portraits. I let them add color using a variety of water based materials (watercolor pencils, ink pencils, gel crayons, etc… I really think they turned out great. They each have such unique personalities.
I am having so much fun with my older class. I really want to help them take their drawing skills to the next level. I am incorporating exercises from Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. One exercise from the book is to copy Picasso’s portrait of Igor Stravinsky, upside down. […]
My 3rd-5th grade classes started a project this week based on the book, The Little Hippo by Anja Klauss and Geraldine Elshner. We learned about the turquoise colored earthenware hippos made by ancient Egyptians. The gorgeous illustrations of the book served as the inspiration for our drawings. We drew with oil pastel and then painted […]
My K-2nd grade group finished their Spat the Cats this week. I love all the different scenarios they created for their cats. What creativity! Even though we used the same shapes and colors to make them, they each have their own personality. The google eyes were a big hit. : )
I was so excited to start this class for older students. I am really looking forward to taking on more advanced projects. This elephant project was a great way to start. I really emphasized that I want them to draw what they see, not what they know is there. This is harder than you would […]
Starting in the 3rd-5th grade classes, I really try to work on drawing skills more. I like to do less directed drawing and more drawing from life or from photographs. My goal is for them to move away from drawing symbols and learn to draw what they see. I decided to jump right in this […]
I don’t usually don’t do a “back to school” project, but this Splat the Cat project was hard to resist. I have several new students in my K-2nd grade class, and I wanted to put their minds at ease with a funny book and a no fail project. We first read the book, Splat the […]