Our Grade 6 classroom is involved in an art exchange program with a grade 5 class in Helsinki, Finland called Dear You. Each class receives the same art activity and then share the artworks with the other class, either virtually (a Google Slide show) or in the mail.
This week's project was entitled "Lights, Camera, Action!" The students were all to create a drawing of a character, either based on a real person or fictional that would be the star and basis for the next few art projects we will be working on.
Many students, after hearing about the project, decided to draw and experiment with their characters on paper first. After they were happy with their character, they experimented with various media materials on waxed paper. Some of the most popular choices included crayons, markers, and pencil crayons. A few tried paint and were not happy with the results, and tried other materials.
All characters were photographed against the sunlit window, with a few showing colour variations without the backlit sun. Some of the greatest challenges students expressed were with the use of materials on the waxed paper, getting the deepness of colour to come through as they wanted.
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