Thursday, September 27, 2012
It's Summer/Fall and that means a lot of old standbys, including this twist on a classic: Sunflowers are so cool looking and even the boys don't mind painting them since they are not all pink and girly! Here are sunflowers from past years. I had all three class levels do this project and it was fun.
I briefly talked about Van Gogh, the most famous sunflower artist.
We started with black oil pastel. The younger kids were instructed to use handprint tracing to make the flowers (there isn't anything you can't do with handprints!). I also used this to teach warm colors and cool colors.
Friday, September 21, 2012
I did not do this project, but Mrs. Dillon, the main K-1 teacher made these darling crayon self portraits with the kids the first week of school. Too good to not post! She has a the doiley "frame" copied and the kids fill it in with themselves.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
This is a project that I've had good luck with in the past, and the beginning of the year always seems like a good time. I did this with the K-1 class, and it involves them writing their name in block capital letters with black marker and coloring in the "in-between spaces" with different color crayon, to look like stained glass.
It is surprisingly challenging for these 5-7 year olds, but teaches them about negative space, line and patience!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
We used paper plates as the medium (I do this a lot!): they cut a "bite" or two out and then used that chunk as the leaf, and the bit of rim as the stem. These apples are "green" eventhough they are yellow!
Here are a couple projects from last fall that didn't got posted to the blog back then:
Watercolor Fall TreesI had the kids draw a bare tree with black oil pastel, and then had them use watercolor to color the background. Some kids made a sunset, while others filled the spaces with different colors.
Pasta Collage pilgrims
In time for Thanksgiving, the kids made collages out of multicolored pasta. Lots of fun!