Thursday, March 23, 2017

#petpARTners: Clay Pet Portraits

As a continuing project over the course of this school year, my students are creating art that celebrates the pets of FurKids shelter to raise community awareness. We began the year with drawings and tried collage around January, and now my second and third graders are using their clay building skills to create a likeness of these cute pups and kitties in clay. We started out by forming two small slabs and joined them together, then added features and surface textures. After the first firing, we glazed them and fired again - the kids did their best to really get a good likeness, and they researched the pets to know more about their personalities. We have been sharing these on social media to promote adoptions and donations, and the students are very proud of helping their community.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Birds of Georgia in watercolor

Birds are such a beautiful subject for art with their vibrant colors and interesting settings - many artists like J.J. Audubon and Charley Harper studied and painted birds for years. Third graders looked at a variety of native birds to our state and experimented with thumbnail sketches before starting a larger final copy on watercolor paper.

We used water soluble pastels for the bird and foreground, trying to capture texture and detail. We used an atmospheric perspective technique for the background to create some spatial distance called wet-on-wet. These are beauties every year!