Grade 1: Landscape collage





First graders looked at the art of Eric Carle and analyzed how he created his famous collages. Similar to Carle’s process, first graders painted several papers with many textures and colors. Once dry, they used the papers as pieces for a landscape collage – making sure to add items on the land and in the sky.

Excellent collage techniques first grade!


Grade 6: Hero sculptures







Sixth grade students discussed the power heroes have on influencing life choices. Each student decided who they considered were their heroes. Their hero had to be a positive influence in their life. Many chose parents, siblings, and athletes. The students sculpted their heroes from clay, then used tempera paint for color once fired.
Great job sixth grade!

Grade 4: Coil Pots





Fourth graders sculpted these AMAZING coil pots using hand building techniques. Students rolled out the coils, added slip (watered down clay) when needed, and attached handles or incised decoration. Once fired, students chose colors for their glaze. Didn’t they turn out great?!

Wonderful job 4th grade!
Mrs. Custer

Grade 2: Animals in my community





Second graders painted animals found in their communities. We used 18×24″ bogus paper for these large, colorful paintings and discussed how paintings happen in layers- with details added last. I especially like how the second graders filled the papers with paint!

Mrs. Custer

Kindergarten: When I grow up

I asked my kindergarteners, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and received several exciting answers.  Veterinarians, police officers, paleontologists, teachers, and Moms occupied the minds of my students.  They then drew a full-body self-portrait of their future selves.  We discussed the outfits or uniforms one might wear at work and each student considered the setting for their drawing.  I especially like how this project highlights the imaginations of Kindergarteners.  Great job!

Mrs. Custer

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

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

Grade 4: Virginia Regions

Fourth graders chose a Virginia Region to feature in a painting.  They then used painting techniques to create the illusion of depth in their landscapes.  Students had to choose from the following regions: Blue Ridge, Valley & Ridge, Appalachian Plateau, Piedmont, or Coastal Plains.  Can you guess which region they selected?

Great job 4th grade!

Mrs. Custer