Saturday, February 3, 2018

Georgia bird portraits in 3rd

Third graders researched birds native to our state, Georgia, and turned them into beautiful painted portraits with atmospheric perspective - a way of showing space by contrasting sharp and blurry focus.
We started by making thumbnails on a Make it! planning sheet (find it here in my TpT store) and discovering the birds' habitats. Next, we drew the bird large and a simple foreground like a branch. We colored these using details and sharp features, to show they were in the foreground. We used a wet on wet watercolor technique in the background to create a more distant feel - the wet paint on wet paper makes a soft, blurred texture. After learning about the habitats, we used the colors we imagined would be found in these areas - some woodlands, some wetlands. We wrapped it up with a reflection, also on the Make it! sheet, and uploaded them to Artsonia.

Pop-up architecture and paper sculpture in K

Kindergarteners were delighted to experiment with 3D art the last few weeks - first, we talked about architecture and architects, as well as surrounding space with our pop-ups.
Next, we created 3D form from flat paper by twisting, rolling, and folding the paper into lots of different forms an attached them onto a cardboard base. This lesson is always a popular and successful one with my youngest kids  - great fine motor practice and creativity exercise!