Wednesday, October 10, 2018

6th Grade - Fall Landscapes!





These Fall Landscapes were created on 150lb Jack Richeson Watercolor paper.  The students looked at a slideshow of many different fall themes.... harvest time, spooky sky's and Halloween.  They chose the kind of fall landscape they wanted to paint.

After drawing our ideas in our sketchbooks, I encouraged students to draw very little on the watercolor paper, but rather plan and paint the sky and ground first. They could always draw more later on top of the paint. This keeps them from painting the objects first, then struggling with the space around them. Since most objects were going to be painted as a silhouette, I  was not as concerned with details on objects.

I also encouraged the use of foreground, middleground and background and how to give a sense of space with near and far.

This lesson gives lots of room for creativity! Students who looked at the handouts of the slideshow did more and had more success. They did not copy necessarily, but took good ideas from several.  I plan to have even more handout options next time!






























Monday, October 8, 2018

3rd Grade Spooky Castles with Oil Pastels



This is an all time favorite to teach! All students LOVE to create castles, they all end up looking unique! This is one version, I have on this blog another post with these castles color with chalk pastels.  I do love this version though... oil pastels is really my favorite!

These castles are painted directly with black tempera.  We started by drawing a line with pencil for a ground line, then a rectangle for the entry way. I demonstrate the whole painting, I ask for ideas, they are full of them! From there they get started and paint direct, each section of the building must touch the next. Lots of windows... anything they can think of to add!

I highly recommend the virtual tour of Warwick Castle in Warwick, England. My students LOVED the virtual tour so much, it was difficult to get them in their seats to paint!  

Virtual Tour of Warwick Castle






















3rd Grade Spooky Castles with Chalk Pastels


These castles are painted directly with black tempera and colored with chalk pastels, (I have done these with oil pastel too). We started by drawing a line with pencil for a ground line, then a rectangle for the entry way. I demonstrate the whole painting, I ask for ideas, they are full of them! From there they get started and paint direct, each section of the building must touch the next. Lots of windows... anything they can think of to add!

I highly recommend the virtual tour of Warwick Castle in Warwick, England. My students LOVED the virtual tour so much, it was difficult to get them in their seats to paint!  

Warwick Castle Virtual Tour