Monday, November 24, 2014

Pottery Wheel and Clay Sculpture in the Art Room

We spent two weeks in the art room to learn how to make pots on the pottery wheel.  While the students waited their turn on the wheel, they made slab clay vases.

We have two pottery wheels so we can have 4 students on each class period.

The students chose their own subjects to decorate the clay vases. Each piece must be slip and score before firing in the kiln.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Yearbook Cover Art Submissions 2014-2015

Here are some submissions for this years PCK yearbook. For the past few years, students can design and submit a cover based on the current theme.


This years theme is Choose your own Adventure like the book series.

We had very creative designs. There will be one winner on the front cover and one on the back.

Mixing Colors in an Eye- 4th grade



We practiced mixing colors starting with primary- red, yellow, and blue

We learned about intermediate colors as well as secondary colors.

First we painted in the primary colors.


When mixing colors, we always start with the lighter color.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Musical Instruments in Paper Sculpture 7/8 grade

This was a popular project with all my students in the middle school elective.

First we practiced different shapes we can make with paper cardstock. Tubes , cylinders, square shapes, and folded paper were some of the possibilities. Next each student chose an instrument and drew in their sketchbook.

The students were very imaginative with the instruments they chose. This one was very challenging.


Only paper and white glue were allowed on this project. A hair dryer helped with the drying time.

After the sculpture was built the acrylic paint was added for realistic color.

A Banjo

Lastly, the students had to learn how to use the needle and thread for their stringed instruments.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jousting Sticks for Castle Day

Every year the Fourth Grade holds a castle day complete with a costumed play and jousting festivities.

The students enjoy painting their cardboard fabric tubes with paint after taping with masking tape.

Its always a challenge not to get paint on the ceiling.

I am so fortunate to have many parent volunteers that come into help with these messy projects.

Everyone had fun anticipating the fun day. One boy was concerned they would get to practice how to joust before.....

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Middle Ages Castles- 4th grade


Fourth Grade is learning about middle ages and we drew our own castle in art class

First we used a few cardboard templates for the front of the castle and some of the towers. We talked about how to draw an elipse at the top so it looked rounded and 3D.

Students could draw the castle longways or tall holding their paper portrait style. We learned about crenellations on the top of the towers and wall.  These shapes allow for the archers to hide while protecting the castle.

Next we learned how to draw blocks of the castle by alternating each row.  Gray oil pastels were used for the castle or art stix if they wanted to add color.

We read Mrs. Frizzles castle adventure to learn how the castles use different defenses against attacks. Students could add porticos, moats, knights and horses, shields and many other creative elements.

They all came out so different!