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.
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.