Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chalk Cityscapes

      I LOVED this chalk project!  Before we began, we discussed cities at night and some of the very interesting things that you could only find in a large city.  Students shared about some big cities that they've been to.  I had these skyline stencils already cut-out for the students to use for their drawings.  To get the illuminating silhouette technique, you have to trace around the stencil and then use your finger to rub the chalk up and outwards from the buildings.  Then, when you remove the stencil, you can see the silhouette.  We added stars, a moon, and windows when we were finished with the skylines.  At the conclusion of class, I showed the students this street artist from New York.  They thought it was VERY cool!!!

Paper Lizards

This was such a fun lesson to do with my Rainforest Unit that we are working on with my 5th & 6th graders!  These lizards look so great in the Rainforest display and add such color and whimsy!  You should definitely try this project out with your kids!  I initially saw this idea on Pinterest, so here is the link where you can get the detailed instructions...Paper Lizards.  I also showed this video about the Tropical Rainforest I found on You Tube...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Macaw Watercolor Paintings

Do you ever make a plan and write it down and then at the last minute decide to do something completely different? Yeah, that was me this morning 15 minutes before class started. And I'm glad I did. I went on a whim and decided to come up with a unit on the Rainforest for my 5th and 6th graders. For one, I looked at the hallway and saw some lonely wall space and envisioned an entire Rainforest display. I do that often...decide what art projects to teach based on where I'm gonna display it. We are making these paintings large, on 16x20 paper, so they will be quite striking on display. I had complete faith in this group of kids to make these paintings beautiful!  And I was right, again. I walked them through each step on how to draw the bird and how to use the watercolors to give it a feathered effect. Let me add, these were finished in one 50 minute class period! While they were working I showed them a You Tube video on the rainforest. 


Here are some finished paintings. 

Kindergarten Apples!!!

     I LOVE everything about Fall!  The colors, the tastes, the smells.  And I absolutely LOVE Fall artwork! It is the time of the year for annual visits to the apple orchards, so I decided it's time for apple-themed artwork here at school.  I was going to apple stamping with the kindergarteners, but forgot to make a trip to the store for a bag of apples.  What's a teacher to do?  So, I decided to do apple stencils instead.  This was probably a wise choice since it is only the 3rd week of school and I don't think the kids are quite ready for the adventure of apple stamping.  We watched this darling video on You Tube about counting to 10.  Then, we traced 10 apples on our paper.  Next, we painted 5 of the apples red and 5 of them green.  I feel like this was a perfect interdisciplinary lesson on counting and art for my young kinders.  Enjoy!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Mondrian Paintings

     It's always fun teaching kids about Piet Mondrian and his simple use of line, color, and shape. It's so simple it's fascinating. Oftentimes kids think art has to be complicated and realistic. In lessons like this one, kids gain a great sense of a accomplishment. To begin the lesson, I showed my 2nd graders a You Tube video showing the progression of Mondrian's paintings from the very beginning of his career to the end. Then to start the project, we glued down strips of black paper to create a grid of squares and rectangles. Next, we used primary colors to paint a select few shapes. They did a great job!!