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Winter Foxes

Winter Foxes

The second graders did a really good job on these winter foxes.  They learned about using three values and small strokes with their oil pastel to create the look of animal fur.  It was more difficult than coloring in the body with a solid color, but we were aiming to add texture.  The students also learned about creating form on the winter trees using black watercolor and mat board to move the paint around. 

Mo Willems Pigeon

Mo Willems Pigeon

Our creative Kindergartners created these super cute pigeons inspired by author Mo Willems. First I showed them the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.  I also loved the clip where Mo Willems talks about the importance of reading as well as his own work, so I showed them this short clip. Next, I showed them how to draw Pigeon and then they painted the background with lines and shapes of every color!  These turned out so cute. 

Playful Penguins

Playful Penguins

The second graders created these awesome penguins. They started with a colorful painted background where they were allowed to paint whatever they wanted.  We then moved on to the penguins and icebergs, which the students drew step by step with me.  Finally, the students used a variety of materials to decorate and personalize their penguins. 

Chinese Ming Vases

Chinese Ming Vases

I wanted to introduce my second graders to some art from around the world so I chose to teach them about Chinese Ming vases.  The students were guided through a lesson on how to draw a variety of vase types.  I then taught them how to draw a pagoda and/or a dragon. The students then added their own details, including patterns. We colored them with a variety of blue values.  The students then used maker to color on coffee filters with a variety of red values.  We then sprayed them with water and let them dry. We used these to make the cherry blossoms after adding some branches in the vase. The students finished these off with the addition of some Chinese characters. The students amazed me with their detailed work! (sorry, these were a bit hard to photograph!)

 

Winter Landscapes

Winter Landscapes

Our fourth graders worked on these winter landscapes which I think turned out quite nicely!  We used tape to create the trees, then painted around them using analogous colors, leaving under the horizon line white for snow.  We then drew a fence on top of the horizon. I had some resources for the students to look at, but they were also able to come up with their own fence if they chose.  Next we peeled the tape off and I showed the student how to shade the trees with watercolor.  It was very challenging and the kids had to learn how to control the paint, they did a really good job with this skill.  Finally we talked about a light source and I explained how a shadow would come from behind the tree and fence and be cast on the ground.  We also discussed how the shadow should match the length of whatever it was that was casting the shadow.  The kids did a great job on this project!

 

Petunia

Petunia

This was a great project for the students to work with liquid tempera paint which we don’t often use. The students watched “Petunia” by Roger Duvoisin before we began drawing our own Petunia’s in a guided drawing.  The main goal of this project was for the students to understand the importance of layering tempera paint, letting it dry, and using black at the very end.  I think they are very cute!

To watch Petunia the book on YouTube click here.