We have been studying penguins as a part of You and Your World. These penguin pictures were inspired by the website Deep Space Sparkle. We started by painting the sky in bright colours. We then made our icebergs. The shadows on the icebergs were created by making a thin paint line and pushing it down with our fingers. We then cut "U" shapes in black and white, flippers, a beak and eyes. Finally, the penguin was assembled and glued onto the iceberg. Thank you to Heidi, our District Visual Arts Mentor, for the powerpoint which went along with this lesson.
This is the first part of a three step project. The students followed step by step to draw this Cat in the Hat. The next step will be adding colour to our drawings. We will then attach a quote from the book "I Can Read with my Eyes Shut". Finally, they wil be cut, laminated, and a string will be attaced to the top. They should be ready just in time for Dr. Seuss's Birthday on March 2nd.
These large hearts were made by hand painting (painting with our hands!). We first covered the surface of a large scroll of paper by mixing red, white and yellow paint on the page with our hands. Once it was dry, we traced and cut out hearts in all shapes and sizes. We made a large pile with all our hearts and the students were asked to estimate how many hearts were in the pile. They were asked to take into consideration how many students are in the class and aproximately how many hearts each student cut out. After each student had a chance to share their estimation, we counted our hearts to see how close our estimations were.. P.S. We had 76 hearts...for those of you who are curious!
From math to art! We created these mosaics by making a 100 chart and adding colourful squares cut from magazines. The students were each given a 100 chart with 1" by 1" squares. Once they filled in the missing numbers they started putting on their 100 squares. To save time, they put glue on an entire row of ten then quickly added the squares before the glue dried. This reinforced the idea that each row in a 100 chart has 10 squares. From start to finish, this project can be completed in an hour.
These were made at Christmas time and sent home on the last day of school before the break. I got the idea from http://plastiquem.blogspot.ca/2011/12/mes-tapes-dalbum.html. It is a spanish art teacher's website from Barcelona, which just goes to show that the language of art is universal. Even though I could not read her instuctions, I think I managed to do it justice. The students started by making light pencil lines in the form of a triangle. Then they put straight lines across the whole page (through the triangle). After, they traced their pencil lines with white pastels. Using watercolour, each box was coloured a differen shade. We were able to contain the watercolours inside the pastel lines. Students were asked to use cool colours on the inside of their tree and warm colours on the outside their tree. When using watercolours, they are encouraged to let the colours "pool" so that they get a varitey of tones in their finished piece. Our students were very proud of the results and were happy to take them home for the holidays.
There are many different versions of these Kandinsky circles on children's art websites. Ours were made by making 2 or 3 pastel circles then washing over them with watercolour to fill in the background. This is a good option for young kids who never seem to be able to fill in all the white spots on a piece of paper! Each child made 2 squares, then we put them together to create one big piece of artwork. Mrs. Urdang came up with the bulletin board tittle "Can You Hear My Artwork?" which went well with our introduction of the artist and his ability to hear colour.
I came up with this little art project when I was looking for something to do as an art lesson and came across a massive amount of tissue paper in the art room. Sometimes inspiration comes from what is available! This was a great lesson that we used to introduce the idea of colour tone to our classes. The idea that the sky has a variety of blues was something that the students could relate to once they were shown pictures of various skyscapes. These skyscapes are made with tissue paper. The children cut pieces of blue tissue paper and glued them to a white piece of paper from darkest to lightest. We then glued our tissue trees on top. Mrs. Urdang and I trimmed the sides and laminated them.
These snowmen were inspired by a walk down the hall at Rothesay Elementary School. Mrs. Verner's class had these wonderful snowmen hanging in the hallway and we thought we would try them with our classes. They go with the book "Snowmen at Night". Torn pieces of white paper create the snowman body. The snowflakes are white crayon. Mrs. Urdang and I cut the carrot noses and eyes for the kids. Thanks for the inspiration RES!
These scarecrows graced our hallway for most of the fall. They are inspired by the blog: http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/. Both of these picture were created by Grade One students. We did the drawings step by step, line by line. We used the same abc boom language that we use to teach proper letter formations in language arts which helped the kids make the lines properly. The scarecrow is outlined with black pastel and painted with watercolour. Students were encouraged to let their watercolour "pool" on the page to create different tones of the same colour.
Our classes did these in the fall. We started with a piece of black paper and some leaves that Joanne had collected on that rainy day. We used white tempra paint to "print" the leaf images on the black paper. Students then sponged on a variety of colours for the background. The effect on the black paper is stunning.
Inspired by the book "The Lonely Innukshuk", our grade K and 1 classes created these wonderful paintings. These were fun to draw because we did not have to focus on making straight lines. Joanne and I traced the drawings with black marker to help the innukshuk stand out. The background was painted with watercolour first, after it dried we used finger paints for the body of the innukshuk.
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