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I usually spend the first semester working with 5th graders on many drawing from observation projects. Several of the students are compiling portfolios for Middle School magnet programs, and they need drawings that are strong in observation. I was really inspired this year by my father's amazing collection of Pueblo Pottery. I have had the kids draw their shoes, still life set ups, etc, and this was something different. There were a wide range of outcomes!

 I really like them!

Ceramic Pumpkins!

Through the years I have stayed away from "holiday art". I really have missed doing fun Halloween projects and this year I wanted to do something for fall and yes, Halloween. I offered this choice to the kids: You can make a pumpkin or a Jack O' Lantern. It was great! No holiday pressure. 4th Grade began by looking at and sketching a real pumpkin. From there, we reviewed the process of making a pinch pot out of clay. The students made two equal size pinch pots and they were pretty big! They stuffed some newspaper inside each pot and then scored them together. That was day one.
The next day they added groove lines to their pumpkin with a Popsicle stick and then chose to keep it a simple fall pumpkin or turn it into a Jack O' Lantern. They used a needle tool to "saw" out the face. Glazing was simple, because I really limited their colors! I had two shades of orange, yellow, green and brown. I encouraged them to mix and blend. They are beautiful!

King Tut Lives!

There is nothing I love better than Egyptian art! I love looking at it, teaching it, making art inspired by  it! Every year my 4th graders do a portrait of the infamous King Tut and all his gold glory. These are from last year and they are paintings. We started out observing the golden funeral mask of King Tut and drew our own interpretation. From there we went to acrylic and tempera paint. There is something about the gold that makes it kick! This year we are doing metal repousse King Tuts. Those posts are to come. Here are last year's portraits of the boy king. I love how varied they all are!

Dia De Los Muertos Calaveras!!

This metal repousse was done by 3rd grade last year ! Just now posting. 

Catching Up!

I have no excuse for not posting anything for so long but I promise not to stay away again! I will say that Herod artists have been busy busy busy!
I have a lot of catching up to do, and I will post like crazy to do so.