Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Warm and Cool 3-D Cities!

My 3rd graders painted these totally awesome tempera 3-D cities! I'm so proud of them!!

We started out by drawing arrows pointing straight up, using a Sharpie marker without pre-drawing. No such thing as a mistake!
Then, to create the "3-D" buildings, the ends of the arrowheads were connected straight down to the bottom of the paper, or until they bumped into another building.
Finally we added our concentric circle skies, which is an idea I adopted from another blogger.

To paint them, we first used a palette of only warm colors and white, to create various colors and tints. The kids chose whether to use them for the buildings or the sky.
In our next art class, students were given just cool colors and white, to paint the opposite of what had been previously painted in warm colors.
For our third session, we finished any warm and cool colors not completed, and then used black paint to re-outline and add windows and doors. Some kids got the hang of slanting the window tops and bottoms along with the slant of the roof line, and others found this a bit more challenging. A number of kids will have to finish in their next art class. Good job 3rd graders!
*** I have tried.. and tried... and tried... to post 3 more photos of the most spectacular paintings in this batch that I really wanted you to see, all photographed at the same time, same camera settings, same everything, but each time I insert them, they show up SIDEWAYS. They were NOT rotated on the computer, and the camera was not rotated, so I am totally befuddled. Anyone have a clue why this might be happening? HELP!!


  1. I just love your art style. These city scapes are truly fabulous and teach a medly of art skills. I'm definetly trying this one out next year. Thanks!

  2. These are beautiful! I want to so these with our children next year.

    I have no idea why sometimes pictures post oddly - it has happened to me before.

  3. I love these too! Will def do it next school year!

  4. OHMYGOSH. These are SOO gorgeous. I'm a new reader of your blog. . .And wow, I'm so inspired by the work of you and your students!

  5. Thanks, Amy for stopping by. Hope you keep coming back! I'll check out your blog as well.

  6. I love these. Also a great way to introduce 3d forms to kids.

  7. I love this project! Great Idea to start with an arrow. :)

  8. this project inspired this: