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

Kindergarten: The Parts of my Face

Kindergarten students used collage techniques to create a self-portrait.  They learned how to cut geometric shapes: circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, and triangles for details and patterns.  I love their toothy grins!

Mrs. Custer

Grade 1: A Family of Animals

First grade students used collage techniques to create a family of animals.  A collage is a picture made with cut-paper and glue, or as we like to say in the art room: “drawing with scissors.”  Students chose which animal family to feature in their collage.  We discussed how to use simple shapes like squares, ovals, circles, and rectangles to create an animal body. 

I especially enjoy how each collage is unique.

Mrs. Custer

Grade 4: Wire Sculptures

Fourth graders used wire to create figures in motion.  Students learned how to twist and sculpt the wire into a human form.  This was a challenge!  For many students, this was their first experience using wire.  Then, they positioned their figure into an action pose.  Students also created a setting for their sculpture -providing more detail for the viewer. 

I especially enjoyed watching the fourth graders use problem solving skills when the wire wouldn’t cooperate.  They had to figure out how to bend and twist the wire in order to make their sculpture balanced – and this was not an easy task.  Great job fourth grade!

Mrs. Custer