Part of a lesson that I've been working on for fourth grade students is the development of a unique fairy, gnome, or elf composition that is colored using colored pencil. Before getting to this point, students examine proportions through the work of Leonardo da Vinci and a more modern proportion scale showing preteen proportions. They practice figure drawing using volunteers from the classroom as models. For my example, I created this. I first tried regular colored pencils and really struggled to add even coloring to the face. More expensive colored pencils were significantly easier to manage, but the face was overworked. I wish that I had begun coloring with the more expensive colored pencils. I haven't fully developed the rest of the fairy. Students are asked to show an element or object from nature that shows the scale of the fairy, gnome, or elf. This example shows indicates the small size of the fairy with the inclusion of an acorn. -Beth
My son came home from his 4th grade class with a great marketing assignment involving the creation and marketing of a product. After a bit of debate, he settled on slime. I had to first convince him that it was not realistic to create real flying planes or gyroscopes with his limited budget, although I did propose a compromise of a pop-out and put together flying plane created on a sheet of foam. For the package design, I asked him to create art that I could incorporate into a simple printout package design. He wasn't interested in assisting, and now, he will have to do a little housework to earn my assistance, but I suppose contracting work out all ties into the assignment. The concept is "Planetary Slime" composed of elements from the earth. The final package will have a circular cut-out so the slime which will be sealed in a plastic baggy will be viewable. Before we can experiment with the next step in package design, we will need to finalize the slime recipe. At this point, he has been following YouTube recipes unsuccessfully and creating hard slime that breaks apart. The slime guy pictured in this article was created in Sketch Mobile. I haven't decided if I will incorporate the cut-out into the slime guy or have it be a separate element in the package. I'm thinking that I will shrink the guy down and make a half-dollar size cut-out beneath this. Post any feedback as a comment. UPDATE... My son changed the name of his slime to Prime Slime, and chose to create a slime blob instead of the blob guy pictured above. The recipe has since been finalized, and for the most part, the packaging has too.