We had some beautiful snow a couple of weeks ago and a few school delays, so my classes are a little behind on the projects they started at the beginning of January. I wanted to post a few in progress pictures of the pinecones that my 4th and 5th graders are working on. I have really enjoyed this one so far and I will definitely be adding it to my regular list of projects for winter. The students have learned about so many of the elements of art AND principles of design with this one. We've discussed value, shape, form, texture, and of course line. They learned about repetition while drawing the pinecone, and are now practicing shading with black, brown, and white paint. I can't wait to share our finished ones!