Summer School Mandalas

These Mandalas were done by the younger class of kindergarten through fourth graders. This class has been passionate and focused on their art. They take great pride in their work! The other class of older kids, is very different. It’s like pulling teeth to get some of them to work! Why come to a summer school art class if you don’t want to be there? I don’t get it. But I very much enjoy the passion from the younger kids. At what point does most of the population lose that passion and excitement for creating? It’s a very sad moment.

Summer School Clay

From 8-10am, my art class has students going into 4th, 5th and 6th grades. from 10am-12pm, I have students going into 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. This mix of ages has been interesting. Along with that, sometimes I have both classes do the same project and other times different projects.

For clay, I had the older class pick their project and gave them skills to work off of. For the younger class, I had them all make rattles.

Here is a dragon from a boy going into 4th grade.

And a birdhouse from a girl going into 4th grade.

Sadly, the rest of the clay projects were not finished.

I don’t think our district has ever canceled school because of heat before! But it has truly been unbearable in the classroom and the students have been experiencing many heat related headaches and stomachaches. It is between 95 and 100 degrees in our classrooms! No, we don’t have air conditioning. So I am happy that our school board decided to cancel school for the rest of the week. But, that also means that we missed out on the last two days of class. I get a new group for the second three weeks of summer school starting Monday. So, now I have a group of unpainted clay projects from the older group. I wish I would have pushed them to finish them last week!

Anyway, the younger group only has 3 students who didn’t paint theirs. The rest are finished.

And they all work! (meaning they all make noise)

Glue and oil pastels – portraits

This art project was inspired by MCPS Art News.

Students first studied the proportions if the face drawing guidelines where facial features should go. Then they practiced sketching their portraits. After students became comfortable drawing their portraits, the drew them onto black paper and outlined the pencil marks in glue. We then waited until the next day when they were dry.

The next day, students used oil pastels to fill in the areas of the black paper not covered by glue. This gave it a sort of batik look.

Some students opted for a more realistic look and others wanted their portraits to be very different or abstract even.

I love all the colors in this one!

Foreshortening with 2/3s

Inspired by Lines, Dots and Doodles.

Getting to the end of the year and students are starting to feel a bit restless. It’s time to start the ‘clean’ projects! Get out the drawing supplies! I try to save most of the drawing projects for last and do all the messy stuff mid year.

For this project, 2nd and 3rd graders copied their hands and feet and drew their bodies so it looked like their bodies were farther away and their hands and feet were really close to the viewer. We learned this drawing technique is called foreshortening.

This one looks like a Simpson’s character!

With all of them up on the wall together, it looks like they are trapped in the school walls forever! No summer for you!

Newspaper Flowers

Lesson inspired by Imagination Station.

I was looking for some good Earth Day lessons to compliment my paper making project and thought these paper flowers would work. Some students decided to draw their own shapes and some students traced shapes.  After drawing their shapes, they filled them in using marker and patterns.

Then the shapes were cut out and stacked on a pipecleaner.

Here’s an urban newspaper flower box!


2/3 Degas Sculpture

We began by doing gesture drawings of each other so we took those drawings as inspiration for poses for our sculptures.  We created our people out of aluminum foil and tape.  We then covered them in plaster strips and painted them to look like bronze sculptures.  We were inspired by Dega’s sculpture:

We began with our aluminum foil,

and twisted it into a human form.

Using our gesture drawings and our freeze dance party as inspiration for poses, we can up with many different ideas.

Next class, we added the plaster.  New materials are always the most fun!  Students were so quiet and focused during this part.  They were really, really into it. This is going to have to be one of those lessons that I keep repeating every year.

And then paint:

Can you guess what the artists posed their sculptures doing?