Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays, I'm not sure why, maybe it's all the red and pink!  I've always loved it and now with my own children we always make a big deal of Valentine's Day every year.  My students are working on these nifty looking abstract hearts this week.  I've done so many variations of this project, but it's a great quick, yet neat looking design that I always fall back on!

My usual variation for older students involves patterns!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Penguins sliding down the hill!

Kindergarten created these adorable penguins over the last few weeks.  This was a fantastic lesson for teaching depth.  I simplified it a little by giving them 3 different sized ovals for each of the penguins.  We added the details, colored the beak and feet, painted them black and lastly painted the sky and a light shadow underneath.  

Birch trees, 3rd grade

This was an easy and such a neat looking project to complete!  I found a similar design on Pinterest.  We painted our background on the first day, traced and painted our trees white on the second, and on the last day we added the details in black paint.  I love these!

Watercolor winter wonderland, 5th grade

Over the years I've done this project, I think I've finally figured out how to get students to make horizontal lines in the water.  I have them hold their brushes at a 45 degree angle and pretend it's in a vice, unable to move.  They can go side to side and up or down, but they have to move their entire arm so it reminds them to keep their lines horizontal.  The water in this year's project looked much better!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Snowy evergreen trees

4th grade learned about layering and overlapping in these snowy scenes, and I love how the sky turned out in several of them!