The fifth graders love clay dragons. We are beginning the school year with this 'additive sculpture' project. The students begin with an inverted pinch pot and add all the dragon details. These need to dry for a week or two then can be fired. These are painted with watercolor and metallic paint for a colorful finish. By the end of December, the dragons will all be sent home.
In quarter one, fifth graders also create a colorful self-portrait. This project begins with a look at Picasso's life and art. Picasso had many styles. The children borrow one of his ideas; monochromatic image, or all blues, or abstract, or full of patterns. The children apply elements of this style to their own work. These colorful self-portraits are collected to be scanned for the poster fundraiser project. All work will be returned to the students.