The Second Workshop
|Becca, 2nd Grade|
|Erin, 4th Grade|
What I learned: It is really hard for the kids to paint the branches, making them fat to thin. We blow dry the layers to speed up the process, but too much heat cracks the tempura.
The Third Workshop
|Collin, 6th grade|
|Megan, 2nd grade|
What I learned: For the younger students, three ornaments they had to think about shading was a lot. For them, I should have had them focused on just one ornament.
The Fourth Workshop
|Madison, 5th grade|
|Zoe, 1st grade|
I then gave templates of three fish and two lily pads. They played with their composition by moving the templates around the page. I explained that if the elements all lead the eye out of the painting, people will naturally not take the time to look at the detail inside the painting.
|Rachel, 2nd grade|
I showed the students several different artists interpretations of koi fish. They were given freedom of the fish coloring and patterns.
What I learned: Have a back up plan for those students that finish early. I did directive draw, free draw and paint, and finished with pictionary. I am always surprised by how different each child puts their personality into their work, no matter their age. I love that!