Ice Cream Value Scale — 3rd

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This fall the 3rd graders were introduced to value scales. Together we talked about what a “tint” is (a light value) and what a “shade” is (dark value) and painted our own value scales by mixing white or black with our paint.
Then the students drew ice cream scoops on the back of their value scales and cut them out before arranging them together to create an ice cream cone!!

The students were very pleased with the results, here a few that I caught with my ipod camera before the mini masterpieces went home:

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I promise we did more than orange, green and blue ice cream cones too, but it looks like I only caught the red projects from each class!


Symmetrical Mittens

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The 1st graders have been learning about symmetry this month, as well as reviewing patterns and color mixing! (always fun)

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Together, we traced our hands and made a “mitten” shape on one side of our paper.
Then, using the primary colors, we mixed many different colors and painted our mittens with various patterns.  After the painting was complete, we folded our papers in half to create a symmetrical “mono-print”!  After the mittens dried, we cut them out, glued them onto dark blue paper, and drew snowflakes above the mittens (for them to “catch)!

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All of the students did a great job on this project, I am so proud of them!


3D Sunflowers with Van Gogh

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This fall the 4th grade class studied the work of Van Gogh—specifically his sunflowers!

We had a lot of fun painting the setting for our sunflowers and painting and cutting the sunflowers out of separate paper to achieve a more dimensional result!  Subtle details were added to the paintings with oil pastels, in small hatching marks to mimic the work of our famous artist.

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To make the petals stand out a little more, the students curled them around a pencil.