Fifth Graders Explore Metal Repousse

Fifth Grade artists learned about metal repousse, the ancient art of embossing or pressing shapes into metal.

Embossing the metal foil

Embossing the metal foil

After embossing their designs, they wiped India Ink on the surface to bring out the textures and patterns.

applying India Ink

applying India Ink

applying India Ink

applying India Ink

They finished their piece by extending their patterns from the foil onto black paper.

Some students preferred the shiny surface instead of their india ink side…they chose which side to display.

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Thanks to the March 1999 Arts And Activities magazine for this project idea.  

Third Grade Architecture Study

Third grade artists have begun their study of Middle Eastern Art, our Cultural Focus for this school year.  We began by comparing and contrasting Middle Eastern architecture with buildings that we are familiar with here in Michigan.  Everyone was fascinated by the domes and arched doors of the Middle Eastern mosques, and could hardly wait to begin their own drawings, especially the fantastic “onion domes” that look like Hershey kisses.

Since I really wanted the beautiful drawings to stand out, we added our color to the background – with great results!

 

This project was inspired by “Fireworks” on Kajakas’ Photostream via Flickr.  See it here.

 

One more fun collage with circle close ups.

Sippin’ Hot Chocolate in the Art Room!

What could be better on a cold snowy day than a cup of hot chocolate?  My talented Fifth Grade artists drew beautiful cups of steaming hot chocolate, concentrating on pattern and color as they created their designs.

And the really fun part of this project….Mrs. Brouwer stirring up cups of hot chocolate for everyone to sip on as they worked.  We were using scented markers, but the hot chocolate wafting through the room smelled WAY better!

This project was inspired by Heather Galler on Etsy.

Fifth Grade Silhouettes

Fifth Grade artists have been reviewing the art elements as they design their silhouettes.  After briefly discussing silhouettes and recalling that the traditional silhouette is an outline without features on the inside, we began jazzing up our own silhouettes.  I traced each student’s features and then they got busy using shape, color, line, and texture to fill in their silhouette.

  Traditional Silhouette

  I was thrilled to see many of my 5th graders refer to their sketchbooks for Zentangle ideas to fill their silhouettes.

A few finished pieces – they all turned out so great!  This is a project that I haven’t done in a number of years – my 5th graders really enjoyed working on their silhouettes.