Last week, the 1st Grade class finished up their still life drawings. As students finished up their projects, I asked them to talk to each other about things they could improve on or things that were different between the drawings. I was impressed to hear a discussion over how big or small the shadows should be based on the size of the sphere or the way the sun was sitting in the sky. Everyone was allowed the chance to make any changes they wanted after the discussion, and then the drawings were put up on display. They are now a bright and colorful addition to our hallway!
This week, we moved on to our lessons on portraits and self-portraits. That included learning about the tiny details of the face, like how eyes are more of a football shape than an oval, and how all people, even boys, have eyelashes and lips. That last discovery was met with a lot of giggling, but eventually we all got our details in. And then I gave them all a surprise! These were going to be Halloween Self-Portraits. Friday was spent dressing up the portraits in costumes. It was a fun start to the Halloween weekend, and a great way to let the class use their observation skills.
On top is Ryan’s portrait. On the middle row, starting from the left, we have Braden, Zoe, Lillian, and Jonathan. On the bottom row, we have Cormac, Bladen, Russell, and Kate.
Isabella and Ethan aren’t quite done yet, but here are their in-progress works. Ethan was Indiana Jones and Isabella was a Zombie.