5th Grade Native Bird Watercolor Paintings

5th Graders are making realistic paintings of a native northwest birds. Through this project, they are practicing shape recognition and building more complex, realistic forms from basic shapes. Additionally, they are working on building an image, with drawing and watercolor, slowly from light to dark to give themselves more flexibility to make adjustments and refine their images. We looked at the work of John James Audubon as an inspiration for this project with a specific focus on how he fills the frame and composes his paintings.

Skill Goals:

 

  • Drawing basic shapes from observation & practicing proportion
  • Using basic shapes to create a light foundational underdrawing
  • Drawing what you see
  • Filling the frame (composition)
  • Adding specific details and character through contour line
  • Layering watercolor, light to dark
  • Color mixing
  • Control of the medium and precision

 

8th Grade Art Walk

Today, the 8th Grade visited numerous art galleries in and around the TK Artists Lofts near Pioneer Square. The goal of our field trip was to find ideas and inspiration for students’ independent projects, and students created sketches and collected information about works of art they enjoyed. We surprisingly battled cold weather and even snow, but the entire class stayed positive and came away with some positive experiences that will hopefully continue to shape their artistic vision for the year.  Here are some pictures from the day:

to find ideas and inspiration for students’ independent projects, and students created sketches and collected information about works of art they enjoyed. We surprisingly battled cold weather and even snow, but the entire class stayed positive and came away with some positive experiences that will hopefully continue to shape their artistic vision for the year.  Here are some pictures from the day: