Oh my goodness! Ours students never cease to amaze us. When you see the work our Art Club students just completed, you will know why I’m beyond excited! During the month of January, Art Club focused on our beautiful California coastline. The California Coastal Commission holds an annual art and poetry contest and our students couldn’t wait to enter! We started off the month with a study of California Brown Pelicans. The kids dissected (with their eyes and pencils!!) the shapes within the birds and then recreated them on the page using the shapes as guidelines.
We, then, used charcoal to draw ocean waves. The beach can be very challenging and charcoal is the perfect medium because it is so forgiving. The students were able to show the waves arc as well as the splash and horizon. That was fun!
Our culminating activity was a free choice drawing or painting of something that inspires them about the California Coast. This was to be their contest entry. Each student chose something completely different. We have mammals, fish, plant life, and landscapes all beautifully represented. One of the best parts of this activity were the contest rules. No one was allowed to complete any part of the artwork except the student. I took this a step further and facilitated the students making the bulk of the design choices as well. I love my kiddos. They are so talented. They are also relatively inexperienced and often hesitate to make a decision without my input. I hope I helped them to feel empowered to make choices regarding their art. The end results take my breath away! Remember, these kids are in elementary school!