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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SeaShells by the SeaShore

Say it ten times fast."She draws sea shells by the sea shore!"
Since Summer is on he horizon, it only seems fitting to draw Summer stuff. Seashells are a great way to teach balance, symmetry, contour line and form.
I created a number of How To Draw Sea Shell worksheets after studying shells myself. I am giving these to the students to practice with drawing the shells.

Students will draw 3 or more shells (all the same or different) in the middle of their paper.
Use a pencil and draw light, till you know it's right. 

Then go darker of use permanent marker. 

Use crayons to color the seashells (use lots of pressure to seal up all paper)
In the center of the paper, with a white crayon, draw small circles clumped together like grape clusters. This will be a line of sea foam that divides the water from the sand. 

 Paint the top protion above shells and bubbles with blues, greens and purples. 
Paint the bottom portion with yellows, oranges and browns. 
You should be able to paint on top of the seashells since you colored hard with crayon. 
The wax will resisit the watercolor and stay unaffected.

Madelynn, KindergARTen

 Alternative Idea

Use brown paper, draw the shells and outline with black marker. 


Monday, April 10, 2017

Crystal Gem Creations

Before Beginning this project, I sampled out different types of media. I tried drawing the crystal forms with crayons and oil pastels, then painting inside the drawing using a 
Resist Paint Method. 
 Then, I tired using watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons to draw the crystals, the using the wet brush to fill in the gems using the soluble drawing edge.
(see both below)

After Resist and Water Brush

I personally liked the crayon resist method best. It was the least messy and my students have a grasp on the technique from previous projects. 

Below I am using this method to finalize the projects. 
You can use what suits you. 
I googled imaged "Crystal Gem Clipart Black and White"
 Images in order to help the students draw the geometric forms better on their own. I encourage them to draw bigger and darker with crayons in order to get more color detail when painting and have the wax resist work correctly. 

Example One 
Before Paint with Construction Paper Crayon Drawing

 Example One
After Tempera Water Paints

Example One after cut, glued and added detail

Example Two 
Before Paint, after Drawn with Construction Paper Crayons
Example Two 
After Tempera Water Paints

Example Two
After Dry, cut and glued down to construction paper

Example Two
Drawn in more background crystals with Crayons.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Resistible Rockets

Zarella's class
No Name, Jeremy, 
Chloe & Julia
Baylor's class
Lillian, Angelina & marvin

Bluhm's 1st grade rockets

Mrs. Ayer's Kinder class

McMillian's 2nd grade

Fortner's Class, KindergARTen

My kindergarten daughter helped me with this one.
I like to see if she can do some of the projects before I begin with my classes.

Use pencil lightly to get started.
I used multiple rocket ship tutorials to use for reference from online.
I then just picked and chose details from those, clipart and real images of rocket ships to make my own kind of rocket.

Crayons are made of wax, which is used as a sealant for many things.
It is used to seal tight the pores in wood so that wet weather does not rot it over time.
So, essentially we are sealing our paper (which is made from trees like wood) in some designated areas to block it from colored water. This protects our details and designs.

The spaceship, planets and stars are what we will use crayons for. We will draw these out with pencil lightly first. I traced my ship with permanent marker just to emphasize it and make it seem closer to the viewer in space. The planets, stars, fire and smoke I did not outline.

A circle stencil can be used to draw the planets on the paper. Then use heavy pressure with the crayons to create a strong water tight seal on the paper. Any exposed paper will be exposed to the paint. Yes, crayons will break. So, break out your old ones for this.

Color in the spaceship, flames and smoke too.

Here is a video to help you see how to put the colored water onto the crayon. 


My kinder daughter,


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Colors of Diversity

M.C. Escher
Image result for mc escher pencil 
I like the idea of how Escher uses pencil in his pictures to make it seem like the drawing is drawing itself. We are using a similar idea to celebrate diversity in our school. 

Jayden, 4th grade
Chosen to be considered by district for 
The Diversity Calendar 2017-18

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Crayons are better when you have more colors to choose from. 
Variety and Diversity make the art
room happy.
THe same with our world. IT would be a boring place if we all looked, talked, thought, sounded, and did the same things. We might as well be robots. Being unique is a brave thing. 

We talked as a class about light sources, shadows on an object and shadows cast from an object. 
They were shown how to use a blendy stump as an assistant to the pencil for smooth shading. 
We talked about overlapping & placement of drawing crayons on the paper
 (off the page, on the page, overlapping, random angles).

 Draw the shape of the crayon's body. A stencil can be used for consistency of width. 
 Draw the tip to the crayon.
Outline the crayon with a black matker. Shade the 2 sides opposite the light with a pencil. 
Blend it with the paper stumt (or alternative q-tip). 

See Students Working below
 4th grade Wednesday Class
Mrs. Thomas's class

 After the crayons are drawn, shaded ad colored... 
students will use the tip of the crayons to make ideas (drawings or words) related to 
DIVERSITY around the crayons. The crayons symbolize the fun of a wide range of color choices, the words confirm the idea of Celebrating Diversity. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Human Eye

These Eyes were created by my 4th grade Wednesday class


How to Draw and Eye 

See the step by step video here.
(apologies for my amateur, or non-existing,  video editing skills)