Our first graders just finished these adorable bears and I just love them! We talked about pattern in the bears scarves and mixing colors with watercolor for the background. The students loved doing the oil pastel resist, it’s a nice bit of magic.
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!