Grade 5 has finished presenting the top 4 gesture drawings of their classmates by creating a composition using a strong black outline and colorful pastels. Students were tasked with striking the essential gesture of the pose using simple shapes in timed drawing sessions with their classmates. Grade 5 loved being models for a day.
Grade 2 has been learning about portraits in our unit Incredible Me: Expressive Moods and Feelings. Students completed a guided drawing exercise in which they practiced using erasable guidelines for correct proportions and then carefully observed their classmate to achieve a likeness and mood of their subject in their drawings.
Pre-K and Kinders are enjoying exploring the the expressive potential of watercolor paints. Using the Reggio-Emilia approach of exploration and self-discovery, the children got busy learning the various ways we can make marks with brushes and made some surprising discoveries. In this seemingly simple activity students are learning how to :
Students were thrilled with the vibrant results.
Grade 2 students have been looking at images of portraits and discussing: what does a portrait do? How is a self-portrait different? How can express emotion through and portrait and draw what we see? Next class, Students will be drawing expressive portraits from observation of their classmate.
Middle school has been learning some observational drawing techniques with some new drawing tools. Students were excited to try out using rags, kneadable erasers, blending stumps and charcoal. Our guiding question this quarter has been: How do artists show people, their moods and expressions? And how can we represent the visual and expressive effects of light?
Before we began, we discussed the meaning of value, contrast and shading and discussed the possible light sources in the following images; noting where the cast shadows and highlights are. We then practiced how to achieve a variety of values using charcoal and blending tools.
After several studio sessions, in progress consultations with their instructor and our class critique, students were graded with the following rubric.
In our inquiry Incredible Me: Seeing Details and Actions Grade 1 discussed several artworks and looked at how artists tell stories by recording important details. Students compared each others faces to notice the differences we all have, in the shape of our face and features and the things we wear. After learning some techniques to tear paper into purposeful shapes, students created these expressive self portraits using only paper and their hands. Some finishing details helped to tell our unique story to our viewers.
Our finished work! Grade 1completed their torn paper portraits by collaging in small details and embellishments.