Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kindergarten Bird's Eye View of a Snowman

Kindergarten Bird's Eye View Snowmen

Kindergarten students created a collage of a snowman from a bird's (overhead) perspective using painted papers. Students began this project by creating a snowflake-filled background using oil pastel that resisted the tempera paint. They then cut, assembled (largest to smallest circle), and glued their snowmen onto their backgrounds, adding stick arms, carrot noses, and patterned paper scarves. Black paint was used to create the eyes, mouth, and buttons.

These collages are temporarily on display in the MUR for the winter evening performances.







First Grade Reindeer

First Grade Reindeer

First Grade students created a collage of a reindeer using painted papers. Students began this project by creating a snowflake-filled background using oil pastel that resisted the tempera paint. The reindeer was created by using a template as a tracer on their brown painted paper. The reindeer were cut out and the parts assembled by each student who chose the unique placement and character of their animals.

These collages are temporarily on display in the MUR for the winter show performances.






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fourth Grade Winter Trees

Fourth Grade Winter Trees

The Fourth Graders completed a lovely winter tree project.  They painted a background using watercolors and stained a second piece of paper with tissue paper.  Trees were cut out from the stained paper and outlined with metallic permanent markers.  They then glued them down, using overlapping to suggest space and perspective, and finished off with a bit of falling snow in the form of dots of acrylic paint.

These paintings are on display in the school library.





Third Grade Polar Bears

Third Grade Polar Bears

The Third Graders were exposed to four different painting techniques for this project.  We began with an oil pastel moon which resisted the watercolor used for the sky.  Salt was added to the sky to give the impression of starlight. After painting the snow and ice, plastic wrap was placed on the wet paint and wrinkled to leave an impression of texture.  The final step involved the use of a stencil and white acrylic paint to add the polar bears.  Final features were added when the paint was dry using a permanent black marker.

These paintings are on display in the school library.






Second Grade - Winter Cardinals

Second Grade Winter Cardinals

Our Second Graders had the opportunity to create a beautiful winter-themed collage featuring painted paper cardinals.  The first step involved making the painted paper, always fun!  The students then began work on their collages...creating conifer tree branches with torn brown construction paper and evergreen needles with cut green construction paper.  These were glued onto one of their pages of painted paper.  The cardinals were created using a template on the back of their second piece of painted paper.  A little bit of falling snow was added with white paint and a Q-tip.  The finishing touch saw the addition of red feather wings and the signature cardinal beak and mask.  Truly beautiful work was done.

These paintings are on display in the school library.







Seventh Grade Self-Portraits

Seventh Grade Self-Portraits

Recently, Seventh Graders had the chance to create self-portraits using the iPad app aTypo.
They first had to take a selfie that the app then digitized with text they entered...positive adjectives to describe themselves.  They finished off the project by playing with color and selecting a color combination that they liked best.

This was a fun and quick way to create self-portraits for middle schoolers.



These self-portraits are on display in the school library.

To view the entire class set, please visit the BVA Art Program Flickr account at: