Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
This was a review of warm and cool color, a introduction to different "scape" paintings, and a drawing lesson all in one. Since this lesson, I have seen a lot of buildings pop up in the 1st graders free draw work so I guess they really liked it!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Op Art is a lesson I do every year with the 7th grades, but it was getting a little stale for me. This year I deviated from my old lesson, and tried a new one I found on Pinterest. It looked so easy, but boy did my kids have a hard time with it! I used my usual 12 x 18 paper, but I suggest using a smaller paper so the kids can finish in one class period.
Here's my standard lesson from years past:
I always teach Blue Dog around the KInder's 100 day mark since Georges Rodrigue painted hundreds of blue dogs! It's one of my favorite lessons to teach. I ask the kids before we begin how they think artists come up with their subjects and they're usually stumped!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
While looking at Miss. Young's blog I saw these easy castles that incorporated so many of the skills we're working on in Kindergarten like geometric and organic shapes, directional line, background and subject, and how to create different shades of color by varying pressure with the crayons.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
These pictures don't do the project justice because they turned out great! I bought poster size paper that was quartered with four shades of one color. The kids were each given one poster size sheet and asked to complete ANY kind of monochromatic composition they wished.
This is my second year doing these with the 4th grades and I think last year's were much better. Rather than have them paint a simple background, this year I asked them to cut them out and paste to black paper. They just don't seem to pop like the first go round did.
First and Third painted winter landscapes. First grade painted paper one week with cool colors, then ripped it apart the following week, and glued to a seperate sheet to create a layered background. Then they tore black paper for trees.
Third grade created a birch tree forest with cool watercolor paints and watered down black paint.