First grade art ~ fauvism

fun kid self portraits

This is the first art project we did this year.  The portraits were up for Back to School night.  I came across this project somewhere… I can’t find it in my Pinterest folder… but the style is Fauvism.  I thought the kids would really get into creating their self portraits using non traditional colors.  They had a lot of fun with their blue and green faces.

I put all the colors of paint in ice cube trays but clean up was not so easy. I like using acrylic paint rather than tempura.  A better way to save pain in the future is to have each color in separate jars or bowls so the extra can be dumped back into the bottles.  Teaching art is a learning process.

The first thing I had them do was draw with a pencil a big circle for their head.  Getting kids to “fill the page” is never easy.  This is probably the hardest thing to get them to do.

Then we drew the neck and then shoulders.  It made the most sense for first graders to do a big rectangle across the bottom.

Once we had the basic shapes down, I had them paint their heads and neck any color they wanted to.  We moved onto the shoulders next.  And last, I had them paint the background a different color than their heads.  I was hoping that this would give the color for the heads time to dry and it did.

Next, they started on the details of their faces and then added hair once the background was dry.

The last step involved adding any extras they wanted to like patterns on their shirts.

I think they turned out pretty cute and the kids loved creating them.  They really brightened up the room on Back to School night too.

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the Evans family, Carlsbad

Teanna and I go way back to the days of living in Mission Beach.  We were pregnant with our firsts and due a few months a part.  Lots of memories with this family.  And oddly enough, we added a boy to our families around the same time too.  Cain and Slater are 7 months apart and we have had many Legoland and beach get togethers just like the old days in the 90’s. Our first borns are both off to college this fall.  You can see this family here, here, here, here, and here (that was a fun trip down memory lane).  Today we are at a park in Carlsbad at the end of the day with beautiful light.  Can’t get much better than that.

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the Ostrem family, wind & sea

This was such a fun family session at the beach in La Jolla last November.  It’s my ‘secret spot’ at the beach if there could be one in San Diego.  October and November at Wind and Sea is crazy town with photographers and families getting holiday photos.  Luckily, my secret spot isn’t too far from the overly popular location and I usually have the beach all to myself with my clients.

Ok, I have been photographing this family for the last five years.  Last years shoot is not posted but the three before that are here, here, and here.  These little twin boys were so camera shy with me the first year I photographed them.  Now my six year old goes to school with them and they are far from shy with me.  In fact, with the amount of tongue sticking out and goofy faces, I’d say they might be a little overly comfortable.  Just kidding… they were great.   I’ll take that over shy any day.  And you will see from the images, we were not short on personality seeping out.

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Favorite Songs in February

I love having teenage kids for many reasons.  I really love that my kids have good taste in music that I like (I attribute that to the awesome 80’s music I subjected them to as children).  I thought I would share some of my favorite songs this month.  Some found by me and some by Tucker.

Fun. – Why Am I The One (favorite at the moment of all their songs… this one was my favorite at their concert)

Givers – Noche Nada

IAMDYNAMITE – Where will we go

LYKKE LI – Get Some (Lexus commercial)

The Naked and Famous – Punching in a Dream

Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running

A Silent Film – Danny, Dakota, and the Wishing


Just a sampling and I love a lot of songs by each of the artists but these might be my current favorites.  I really should add the finale song on Pitch Perfect because I have replayed that the most… I can’t help it.  The best song ever made is the running theme in that montage.

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