I still wanted to do a project focusing on warm and cool colors using an image by Geninne Zlatkis for inspiration, but I knew the bear and bird project could not be completed in that time frame.
I selected another, well, part of another image she made, for the students to model their drawings on. We still focused on the same elements- warm and cool colors, creating volume with color value, and pattern/texture making.
She included a close up of the image on her blog and I decided that section would be more manageable for the students to do.
Instead of breaking out the white paint at the end to add texture and pattern, students used a superfine sharpie marker to add cactus spikes and feather patterns to their drawings.
The students are really starting to get the hang of making things look 3d by pressing hard and soft to make different values. This will be their last colored pencil project of the year and I am pleased with how much their skill levels have improved. great job 2nd grade!
Even though the drawing was pretty direct, students had independent color decisions to make. Of course numerous students added personal touches to their drawings to make them more unique as well.
The students really enjoyed looking at Geninne's work and they also liked seeing different things in the shapes of their cacti as we drew them. kind of looking at clouds and seeing different creatures and objects:)