Sketchbook Time

Our fifth and fourth grade artists spent their first days in art making their sketchbooks – assembling them, decorating the covers, and working on their first sketchbook assignment – a hand project.  They also learned how to draw some new fun zentangles.  Fifth and fourth graders will keep their sketchbooks in the art room and use them throughout the year –  when they have extra art time, to take art notes, and for working through ideas.

Sketchbook cover

  

Sketchbook hand project

  

Zentangles

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.

Final Fifth Grade Projects

As we enter our last week of school, my 5th graders are finishing up some final projects.  Here’s what we’ve been working on.

Georgia O’Keeffe flowers – we tried our hand at drawing some tiny O’Keeffe flowers instead of the huge ones that we usually create – they turned out like little jewels!

O'keeffe flowers

Ojo de Dios (God’s Eyes) – my kiddos really enjoyed learning this stick weaving – every student want to make a second one, so we spent several class periods working on these.  The Ojo’s are an easy form of star weaving.  There are lots of websites that give examples and tutorials along with cultural information.

I pre-glued a bunch of popsicle sticks to make the weaving process smoother – after a quick demonstration, my kids really loved this project.

Ojo de Dios Ojo de Dios

Zentangles – this was actually our very first art project last fall.  See the introduction and information about Zengangles here.  Our Zentangles have been displayed in the art room this year – last week I (sadly) cut them apart and returned the individual Zentangles to my students.  Here’s a look at our Zentangle work.

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Love Those Sketchbooks!

Fourth and Fifth grade artists have been busy putting their art room sketchbooks together the first weeks of school.  Their sketchbooks stay in the art room and we use them in lots of different ways – note taking, brainstorming art ideas, thumbnail “thinking” sketches, and just plain doodling.

For extra inspiration, I’ve been showing both grades how to do a variety of Zentangles – they are loving them!

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5/4 Sketchbooks 4th Grade squiggle drawing Squiggle drawings

Gabe's Zentangle Zentangles Blue Zentangle

Cool Zentangle