Monday, August 29, 2016

Projects for the Week of August 29th

4th Grade:  

This week students will be working on an oil pastel architecture-based "San Jose landmark" project to decorate our hallway bulletin board.  It will include a drawing of St. Frances Cabrini church at the heart/hub of the bulletin board and will then be surrounded by a variety of Silicon Valley landmark architecture/buildings.  It will be fun for students walking down the hallway to try and find some of these landmarks that are special to our city.

Inspiration for the project:

5th Grade:

Students are learning all about the artwork and life of artist Frida Kahlo.  Students will be creating an oil pastel portrait of Frida incorporating what they have learned about her own style and her life.

Portraits will include features such as:

-Hair with flowers in it
-Use of vivid colors
-Connection to Mexican culture
-Depiction of her pets in the portrait
-Exaggeration of her eyebrows
-Adornment of jewelry and accessories
-Use of cactus, leaves, and flowers in the background.

Inspiration for student art:


Students are starting out the year by learning how to shade properly.  We will be looking at how lighting affects shading and shadow direction and we will be looking at how to shade a variety of forms including a sphere, cylinder, cone, vessel, and cube.

Finally, students will create a composition that only features the before-mentioned forms and we will explore how to shade when an objects shadow falls on an adjacent object.


We are jumping right into 2-point perspective.  Students just learned how to draw a city using 2-point perspective.  They will be working over the next few weeks to create their own cities which will then be outlined in sharpie and embellished with watercolors.


Students will be learning how to draw the face in proportion.  We will be looking at the mathematical proportions of the face.  Along with this, students will be learning how to properly draw lips, eyes, ears, and a nose which can then be applied to a proportionately drawn face.

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