For the past few years, I have had the opportunity to donate my time and artwork for an extremely good cause. Spaulding for Children hosts yearly Celebrity Cook-Off's and Wait-Off's where, amongst other things, local celebrities work as cooks and waiters. The celebrities wear hand painted aprons that get auctioned off during the evening. The proceeds are donated to Spaulding for Children.
I have had such a great time painting aprons for the cause in the past, that this year I brought in some aprons for the students to help create. They had an amazing time with them. The only complaint was that they wanted to make more!
I was so pleased and impressed by the student's reactions. The project spurred discussion of the importance of helping others, the positive aspects of adoption, and more. A student in fourth grade even had an opportunity to share her own adoption story and was very proud to help paint the aprons to help others.
All in all, it was a great experience. A special thank you goes out to Spaulding for all the wonderful hard work they do each and every day!
The fall is a perfect time of year to explore organic shape and form. This fall we have a wide range of fun and educational art projects happening at Hedke.
Kindergarten is making pop-up pumpkin patches. They are using organic shape, warm colors, and line to create natural looking pumpkin patches that take 2D shapes to make 3D sculptures.
K - 2 are also exploring organic shape through the work of Pablo Picasso. His abstract portraits are a great inspiration for creative witches and frankensteins.
3rd grade is loving the creation of organic form tree sculptures and pumpkin patches. They are using warm colors, actual textures, and more. Unfortunately, these are a must see in person: the pictures really don't do them justice.
4th grade is getting extremely creative with haunted house silhouettes.
4th and 5th grades are all making organic jack-o-lanterns out of clay.
5th graders are also practicing form through shading partial pumpkin drawings with warm color value techniques.
More pictures will be posted soon.
Lauren Dziadosz is a K-5 art teacher at Hedke and Anderson Elementary Schools in Trenton, Michigan