This next project I'm going to share is probably one you've seen on Pinterest. My students in 3rd grade LOVED making these oil pastel Wayne Thiebaud cakes! (Did you know his last name is pronounced "tee-bow"? Like the football player? I didn't until I presented this project!). This is the first time I've used this artist as a reference in my classes, and the students just loved it. I find that they always love oil pastels anyways, because it's so easy for them to be successful with color blending and value, but the added fact that they were designing cakes like the Cake Boss just made it even cooler!
This project even correlates with Common Core math, as students were turning basic shapes into 3-D forms. We used vocabulary such as cylinders and cubes to describe the shapes of our cake tiers. Students practiced drawing their cakes on a worksheet for the first day. Then, they drew them on 12"x18" black paper the second day, and I demonstrated how to blend the colors together on the cake tiers, adding in a little black for shadows. On the third day, students finished their tiers and colored the background, finishing them up!