Wednesday, March 16, 2011


 To create the body of their fish, students recalled what they learned in 2nd grade about making pinch pots. The pinch pot became the body & open mouth of their fish.

                                  Students also recalled how to roll coils to  use for fins, tails or details.
 They used the slip and score method to make sure that the things they added to their fish did not fall of when the fish dried.
 After the students glazed their fish, they were fired in the kiln.

 Fantastic & creative fish! I love these!



Students looked at some artwork by Vincent van Gogh, Grant Wood & Roy Lichtenstein to see how they did paintings of their shoes. Then they got to work by taking off their own shoe to draw. this is called an observational drawing. They learned to really look at the lines, shapes ans details on their shoes.

To see the artist paintings they observed go to: Van Gogh Clogs, Grant Wood Old Shoes, Roy Lichtenstein Keds


Students began by choosing a photo and sketching it on a piece of manila paper.

             In order to keep the watercolor paper as clean as possible  I had them transfer their sketch to the watercolor paper by blackening in the back of their manila paper.

They taped their manila paper with their blackened side
down on the watercolor paper & traced over their sketch, which allowed their sketch to be transferred to the watercolor paper.

Students painted over their sketch with black glue to help outline their subject. This is called a glue resist technique.

Before beginning the watercolor, students practiced some techniques they could use in their painting:  a wash, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and dry brush.
Students were encouraged to use the  techniques they learned to create different effects. 
                                   Here are some of the finished pieces!
                                                                                           Amazing work!!!