A look inside the art room at Herod Elementary School....where ALL kids are artists!
Art Comes Alive Every Day at Herod Elementary!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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 the owl's colors realistic, what they saw in the photograph.

Some artists expanded on what they saw in the photograph.

We are making clay owls next! Can't wait!

Monday, December 6, 2010

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!


They made two pinch pots. The one for the bottom was formed in a silicone baking cup, and then taken out to dry. That is how we got the grooved texture.


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Here they are all glazed and ready to be fired.

Out of the kiln and ready to go home. Trying to match up the tops and bottoms is tricky.
The kids HAVE to have a name on both the top and bottom.



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


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!