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5th Grade Oil Pastel Owls

I have loved watching my 5th graders study and draw these amazing owls. They drew from a photograph, part of our "drawing from observation" unit. I don't usually do drawing from photos, and I would have rather been at the zoo drawing, but this is the next best thing!
We started with a pre-pencil drawing on white paper, just a warm up.
 They then drew their owl on black paper with white chalk.
I showed them how to blend colors and overlap light and darks.
I encouraged them (bribed?) to please fill in ALL of their background. Realistic or fantasy.
They were constantly reminded to look at the photographs for details.

They were also free to add in creative touches and make the bird and background their own. 
Some looked to warm and cool colors for their inspiration.
Others imagined what could be in the picture with the owl.
Every child's was special.
 Each of them had their own personality.
I loved how they showed a change in value with the oil pastels.
Some students kept …

Yummy Cupcakes!

 3rd Graders had a lot of fun studying the art of pop artists Wayne Thiebaud and Andy Warhol! They made these DELICIOUS ceramic cupcakes boxes!


It's our first clay project for the year and many of the kids forgot how important it is to put enough glaze on! They will remember for the next project.
I love this one with the candle!

3rd Grade Name Line Designs

I found this great lesson at My students LOVED it! It fit right into our study of LINES. I love how each child was creative with it. They had a lot of options, which you know kids love!

Art outside the classroom!!

The weather these past few weeks in Houston has been absolutely beautiful, unseasonably cool, low humidity, just fabulous. It was perfect timing for our observational drawings in 5th grade, and our Monet studies in 2nd. I decided to have the 5th graders out front in the courtyard of our school, drawing the perspective that they liked. It was sentimental to me, because I knew they would be the last 5th grade class to be in our old building. Come January, we will be moving next door into our brand new state of the art school!!!! These are just a few shots of the kids at work. More pictures to come of the AMAZING drawings that they created. They loved being outside, drawing from observation, it was a great lesson.

The Big Blue Wall Continued!

Each grade continues to come out and put a little bit of color onto the wall. It's coming along!  1st Grade painted last week and here's a snapshot of my time with them.
they look so cute in the big smocks

\ so close to the construction, and it's loud too!
concentrating so hard!

a butterfly taking shape....

and another.....

such a beautiful mess!