Grade 3: Tints and Shades Self-Portraits

Third graders mixed tints and shades to create these fabulous self-portraits.  We did this project after I saw my friend Mrs. Haney do the same with her third graders.  The students received an 8×10 xerox print of their photograph.  We then studied how to make tints (add white) and how to mix shades (add black).  They looked at their photographs to determine where the tints and shades would go.  As students mixed tints and shades they discovered they could change the lightness or darkness of a color by adding more or less white or black.  They in turn, created their own value scale on their self-portrait.

What a challenging project! But they did a great job!!

Mrs. Custer

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Grade 6: Tunnel Books

Sixth graders were asked the question, “If you could have a super power, what would it be?”  Then, they were asked to draw themselves as a super hero.  The results were extremely imaginative.

Once their super hero was drawn, the students crafted tunnel books from paper, dividing them into three parts: foreground, middleground, and background.  Students discussed several details they could add to their tunnel book such as the setting, or headquarters; a trusty sidekick; and a vehicle or mode of transportation.  Some students continued thinking outside the box and made very detailed tunnel books.

I especially enjoy how each tunnel book tells a story.  Great job sixth grade!

Mrs. Custer

Grade 6: Linoleum Self Portraits

Sixth graders made these wonderful prints after carving a 6×6″ piece of linoleum. Students worked from a photograph to help capture details of their face.  They carefully carved around the shadows and lines of their facial features, leaving the shadows alone so they’d print black.

They did a fabulous job on this challenging project!

Mrs. Custer