Troubles with “leaving” my work at work?

Perhaps it’s the way snowfall (even computer generated) makes everything seem so quiet and muffled, but it has definitely been quiet here on the ol’ blog. Mostly, this is because I have been crazy busy. I spent about 20 hours a week of my December wrapping gifts at an upscale department store. Combined with Bible Study Fellowship responsibilities and teaching art at school and to homeschoolers, I’ve been busy. The blog definitely took a back seat.

a home demonstration of my mad wrapping skills, from practicing 4-6 hours a day

My daughter noted that, in my increasingly busy state, I had overlooked posting her favorite fall project, the perspective blowing leaves. This was a project my third and fourth grades did, first practicing watercolor washes and applying their knowledge of horizon line. Then they were supposed to paint a branching tempera tree near their horizon line, although one table was obviously NOT listening as we went over this part. However, we got to do some problem-solving to still achieve the objective of the lesson the next class, and that was fun and helpful. At that class we added our painted leaves in tiny, medium, and large-and-running-off-the-page, with greater detail added to the largest leaves with Sharpie. Some students had very successful projects:

4th grader

I like the random scattered-ness of these leaves, though workmanship will have room to improve

4th grader

And some in spite of overcoming their tree right in foreground…

this third grader's leaves still seem close in spite of the proximity of the tree, as they fly off the page

Some students are still growing in their concept of space, of course.

third grader

third grader

Basically, and not surprisingly, more fourth graders “got” the concepts in the lesson than third graders. I introduce horizon line, relative size, and lower and higher on the page as space concepts in first and second grades, but we really work to incorporate it more, and get into the three grounds specifically, in third and fourth grades. By the end of the year, the students who don’t really “see” it now, likely will. I love watching them grow in their perception and application!

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