Fifth grade students were busy before Christmas break creating Christmas portraits for presents.
Students worked in teams of two to create a portrait of each other for their project.
Everyone learned to work together and use available space and light to create nice studio space for portraits.
Fifth graders also learned the importance of a solid background for a portrait.
Everyone enjoyed learning to use the new technology of digital photography and creating a gift for others.
For our last project before Christmas break first grade students created a reindeer portrait.
The first step was to draw large with a pencil using basic shapes.
The next step was to trace over the drawing with a black sharpie marker.
After tracing with a maker, students erased any remaining pencil marks.
The next step was to add color to the portrait with crayons.
Everyone decided which colors would be right for their reindeer portrait.
The students were thrilled with their portraits.
The final step was to cut out their portrait and glue it to a solid background of green construction paper.
Here is an example of the reindeer portraits.
Fifth grade students have been learning how to create a photographic portrait in their digital photography unit of study.
After turning our art room into a make-shift studio, students learned how to use a tripod and it’s importance to creating a portrait.
Everyone has enjoyed learning about digital photography.
Students have learned how difficult it is to create a good portrait.
Students have enjoyed working with partners as they learn new technology and principals of digital photography.
First grade students completed a unit on drawing the human figure this spring.
Everyone created many drawings with pencil.
Next ink was added to their portraits.
The final step was to add a wash of color to their drawings.
Students used either warm colors for their watercolor wash or cool colors.
Everyone enjoyed being part of the creative process.
Although this was a challenging project for students, they really pushed themselves and grew through the process.
Here are some examples of the students’ work:
First grade students recently began a drawing unit learning to create portraits.
Students learned about the various shapes of facial features as they began exploring the drawing process.
First graders also explored the concepts of size and proportion as they learned to draw portraits.
Everyone learned to use an eraser for a drawing tool, not just to correct mistakes.
Learning to focus on drawing shapes and put them together to create a portrait is a fun challenge for the first graders.
Students did a great job learning the basic skills of drawing portraits.
Here are some examples of the students’ portrait drawings.
Fifth grade students have been exploring digital photography this fall at Richmond School.
The elementary art department purchased 18 digital cameras to introduce and teach students how to use this new art medium.
Students have been learning how to use the camera and all of its many features.
Students have been working with a partner as they have been investigating this digital tool.
Students have been learning the history of photography and the development of digital photography.
Students have been photographing indoors and out.
Everyone has enjoyed learning to photograph their friends. Digital photography has been a great addition to the art curriculum. Look for future posts on the students’ progress.