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Friday, February 17, 2017

Illustrating Quotes

5th graders used the quote, 
"Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Brian Litrell

I challenged them to use black, white & grey while still emphasizing the design, important areas and details. We talked about what words in the quote were the most important. Using bigger size, bolder line, shading and creativity with these words could really improve the illustration. 
I gave them 2- 45 minute classes to create the designs. Some decided to shoot for the moon by taking their designs home for art homework.
I am happy with these results and hope the images inspire you too! 


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Giraffe on Kente Cloth


Our school will be having another Culture Night this March! It was so much fun last year to see the students and their families share pieces of their life and culture with curious minds of Krahn Elementary. This year, the artists of Krahn will be sharing inspired ideas from a variety of cultures around the world. These will be on display at Culture Night. YAY!
ONe of these inspired projects will be African Culture. 

Giraffes are one of the most unique creatures in the world.
They live naturally in Africa. We will be using these fascinating animals as our subject for this project. 

Mrs. McGinley's 1st grade 
Giraffe Practice (teacher guided)
Mrs. McGinley's finished giraffes
Mrs. Zarella's Kinder class

Fernanda, Giovanni, Chloe, Austin, 
Julia, Jeremy, Josue & Kaiden
Mrs. Oliver's 1st grade giraffes

Mrs. Penn's KindergARTen
Lily, Brooklyn, Michelle & Leah

Mrs. Ayers' KinderArt Giraffes
Taylor, Mia, Madelynn,
NoName1, Jack, NoName2,
Ava, NoName3 & Diego

Mrs. Baylor's kindergARTen
Kathryn, Angelina, Lilly,
Logan, Addison and Julia
Mrs. Elijah's 5th grade class

Aniyah, Lanee, 
Evy & Katie 
Draw Long Neck Giraffe
1. Draw 2. Outline 3. Color/Shade/Highlight
Maddy working below
(5yrs. Old)
Drawing light
Adding darker outline and details

Create Kente Cloth background
Using design ideas from African Textiles

Kente cloth

Kente cloth is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan ethnic group of South Ghana. Kente cloth has its origin with the Ashanti Kingdom, and was adopted by people in Ivory Coast and many other West African counties. It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. We will use lines, patterns, colors and interwoven design to inspire us for the background for our giraffe.

A video to teach more in depth what Kente Cloth is all about

Image from...

Example One
Apposing Lined Checkered Board



Angie from 1st grade working on her Kente cloth backgrond

Angie from Bluhm's 1st grade class

Example Two

Example  Three

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sea Turtle

 (Above: Teacher and Kindergartner)

Mrs. Garcia's 4th grade class
Brianna, anonymous, Caiden, 
Jacob, Austyn & Kayleigh


Mrs. Meleski's 4th grade Turtles
Casey, kandyce, 
Paola & Kia

Mrs. Parker's Turtles
Faith, Talyn, Sam, Gregory,
Ashlynn, Leanne, Ava & izzy. 

Armando, nick & Aless 

Mrs. Clanton's 4th grade turtles
Inshaal, Skyler & Jasmine
Mrs. Elijah's 5th grade Turtles
Daniel, Katie k. , Aniyah, Madison & lane

Mrs. Polly's 3rd grade
 Reggie, Addyson, Joseph, Alexis, 
Reighlyn, no name, Martin & Christopher
Patch & Allison
Mrs. McMillian's 2nd grade homeroom
Peyton, Paula, Jalynn, 
Nicholas, James & Kaylee

Mrs. Craig's 2nd grade class

The sea will use a crayon or oil pastel resist method. Using only blues and whites, draw in ripples at the surface (farthest), bubbles in the middle and plant life at floor (closest). 
*Having layers of depth will give the ocean perspective. 
(Alternative oil pastels) 

Water paint the sea. Make sure not to over saturate your brush with paint or the crayon will not resist color. Use more water. 
(Above my crayon resist)
(Above owe oil pastel resist)
Let dry...

With light pencil, draw turtle onto paper...
Start with basic shapes. 
Take it a step further by adding stylized shapes and details...

Outline with black marker to emphasize defining shape, important lines & details. 

Use markers and crayons to add details and color to turtle and shell. 
Cut out turtles...

Finishing up. 
Glue turtle onto your sea paper. You are done. 
I added a little emphasis with darker crayons in order to make the weak areas stronger. 

Hope you had fun!!

Alternative Turtle (clean and easy)

Turtles Above from
Mrs. Do's 2nd grade homeroom
Turtles above from
Mrs. Jamison's 2nd grade homeroom
Emma and Kaden

Draw the sea floor on colored construction paper using markers, colored pencils, or crayons.
Use circles to make bubbles. Make a white reflection line on the bubbles at the top.

 Make your sea turtle (same as other version)
 This shows the colors I used to make my 2 parts. 
I tried to stay monochromatic, using different versions of the same color on the papers. 
Reds, Pinks, Burgundy, white.
Green, Yellow Green, Sea foam green and white. 

I decided to make my 1 turtle appear as 2 different turtles coming form two places.