My first graders did ladybugs inspired by Eric Carle’s book The Grouchy Ladybug. We have a school goal centered around reading and I thought what better way to show how art is connected to classroom curriculum by having our Original Works project inspired by books! I talked to the kids about how the first art they are probably exposed to as a child is the illustrations in children’s books. I thought these were absolutely adorable!
These are obviously a work in progress, but they are turning out so cute! I was inspired to do this project in part because my own two kids love sweets. The backgrounds will be painted like a tie dye t-shirt introducing the idea of mixing analogous colors to the kids.
This is one of my all time favorite projects. I do this project every year with my fourth graders. I always tell them that every single one of these projects turns out just fabulous and they do! We start by drawing the vase and flowers together. The kids then outline their pencil lines with black glue. After it has dried overnight they color the project with chalk pastel. It isn’t the cleanest project, but it is a lot of fun and the results are impressive!
This was the first project the kindies did for the 2011-2012 school year. I wasn’t sure what to expect as the drawing wasn’t as simple as I usually make it for the beginning of the year for my newest kiddos. They did a really great job with it and I was further impressed by how well they colored and painted their artwork!