6th grade art students had fun using the iPad app BitDraw to design their snowmen. This app allows students to draw pixel by pixel as if they had a graph paper in front of them. Students learned that digital images are made up of pixels which are colors applied to rows and columns.
8th grade students created a painting with the subject "Nebraska Winter Birds". They had four to choose from; Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and the Black-capped Chickadee. A wonderful website that shows the students the habitats and sounds of birds is What Bird. They started with a pencil drawing of the birds and parts of their habitat. They then made a watercolor wash for their background and used tempera paint to bring in the details of the subject.
This winter project is one of the middle school students as well as my favorites. They are just so creative and fun. Students started with a colored pencil drawing of a snowman and created a snowman on their free iPad app Make a Snowman. They then created a 3-D snowman sculpture using Styrofoam balls, model magic, with wiggly eyes, pom poms and pipe cleaner arms. Some of the Model Magic is colored and others we just blended two colors together to get the desired color of clay.
Students used the iPad app My Flake to create digital snowflakes. The application allows you to cut and preview, which saves a lot of paper when students start cutting from paper. Designs for paper cut flakes were more thought out and detailed in design. Students then created snowflake banners displaying their paper cut flakes.
Christmas paintings are just plain traditional! And who doesn't want to paint Snoopy, reindeer, snowmen, winter scenery, candy canes, and the manger with Christmas music playing?
"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories of love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time:.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
6th Graders finished their last winter project by building a snowman using various materials and Model Magic Clay. They are soooooo cute! Love, Love, Love these! When they were finished they created a snowman on their iPad using the app "Make a Snowman" by Appdicted.
I live in Nebraska and love teaching art! I get the best of all worlds.... I teach High School Graphic Design, Middle School Studio Art and I am an adjunct instructor at our local college.