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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Feisty Fifth Graders~ Winter Birtch Trees

So did you know that birch tree bark can be soaked and used to make a cast? Or that birch ply is used for surfboards and model airplanes because it's so light? Maybe you didn't know that in Germany young men decorate birch trees in the front yards of their secret crush to show their feelings. Well, now ya do and so does fifth grade, along with a lot of other interesting facts about birch trees. Actually we set out to create a collage using warm and cool color tissue and strips of paper that we later painted meticulous details and shadows onto.

Turned out gorgeous!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thrilling Third Graders~ Cardinal Painting

Third graders took a close look at the Cardinal and even though a few of them would have rather drawn Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals I was able to get them pumped about the real thing

Aaron Grace

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fantastic First Graders~ Close Up Snowman

First graders also talked about near and far and in the end painted a snowman up close (Thanks Patty for that interesting perspective!) They loved this idea of a snowman "in your face"

I love how Sammi ended up with a "falling" snowman...

...and how Payton's appears to be singing opera!



Fabulous Fourth Grade~ Mardi Gras Masks

Fourth graders have recently completed a mask just in time for Mardi Gras! We talked about how a mask is considered a craft due to the fact that it is one- functional, two- made by hand and three- decorative...and Boy, are these decorative!


Some looked a bit "dragonesque"