Friday, January 31, 2014

5th Grade Abstract Results

Here are a few results (as promised) from last week's lesson.

You may remember that 5th graders started with a cropped photo of something from nature and copied part of it or the whole thing using pencil and a 3" X 3" paper.

In this example the photo was a close up of a part of a Montana pinecone. There were so many details that I suggested the student draw just a portion of them. I must say that during this initial sketching phase of the lesson you could have heard a pin drop, as students were completely absorbed in capturing details, angles, etc. accurately!!

She glued the finished sketch on a 6" X 6" board and extended the lines of the first drawing into the boarder area. The last step was to use complementary colors to finish the little abstract.

Since we have been talking about VALUE lately, quite a few students practiced using different amounts of pressure on their colored pencils to get darks and lights of a color.

(Sorry for the photo quality on this one, but I think you can still get the idea.)

I think one of the things I like best about this project is seeing the transition of design from black and white in the center to color around the outside!!


  1. Great lesson Christie! I love how it starts out as an observational lesson and then let's the student branch out into an abstract design. I've got to try this.Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Mary. I liked that aspect of it, too. They are fun to do and because of the small size we could complete them in one session!!