This class began five weeks ago and the students have been amazing to work with. We have carefully immersed fine art techniques with handwriting skills. The work is inspiring and expressive. Although at times the work is challenging for some students, they always seem pleased once they work through it. Most students (even those that don't typically "like art") overcome great boulders as they get their feet wet.
Emoji Trading Cards
The students were asked to chose an expression from a list of emoji faces, and draw the image on a piece of styrofoam. After they prepared the background paper by drawing bold lines with bright colors they inked up their plate with a brayer. To print it they hand rubbed the back of the decorated paper on the inked plate. On the back the student wrote about the emoji.
Planet Spheres Trading Card
This project was a bit of a mess, because we used dusty chalk pastels for the planets. The kids made colorful spheres by blending the different shades and colors of pastel with their index finger. To prepare the stars in the background they splattered white tempera paint with a toothbrush onto black construction paper. They had fun writing about their imaginary planets.