Our first project of the school year was based on John James Audubon. We began by reading The Boy Who Drew Birds. This book tells the story of John James Audubon and his fascination with birds. I found a great coloring book with line drawings of Audubon’s bird paintings. The line drawings in the coloring […]
These owls were so fun to draw. We drew them with colored Sharpie. The one drawing rule was to not lift their pen off the paper the whole time they were drawing. Most students really found this challenging. They process creates lots of smaller, interesting shapes that they never would have drawn lifting their pen. […]
I LOVE how this project turned out! I recently went to a workshop in Santa Barbara, CA. One of the speakers was Gina Lee. She did a very similar whale project. I made a few adjustments to make this work for my workshops. I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out! We […]
We did this clay project while we were doing our marigolds. We started out by painting square sheets of tag board for the background. Our goal was to create a subtle color change, gradually transitioning from one color to another. Then we got out the clay. For this project, we used Model Magic. This stuff […]
For the last couple of weeks we have been learning about the German artist, Franz Marc. We looked at several of Marc’s famous blue horses and read the book, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. Carle uses painted paper in his illustrations, so we began this project by creating our own […]
I have tried this project at home using different mediums and was never quite happy with it. I finally decided to try it with liquid watercolor and oil pastels and knew this was going to be a winner. Controlling liquid watercolor with all the details was a challenge, but the oil pastel really helped. We […]
My busy K-2nd grade group did these watercolor resist birds today. We used oil pastels to draw the birds and add pattern. Then we painted the birds with liquid watercolor. This was a sweet ending to our five week session.
My K-2nd grade group finished their Paul Klee Cats today. These have so much character! We drew our cats with oil pastel on brown paper and colored them with chalk pastel. I think this is one of the only projects I have repeated. It is so simple and turns out so great!
These sweet elephants were worth the wait. We started these last week after reading Elmer. After their drawing was complete, students filled in their elephant with a pattern of their choice. I love some of the original designs they came up with! They added color with markers, cut them out and glued them on black paper. […]
This week my K-2nd grade group finished their cat collages. We began this project by reading Cat Tale by Michael Hall. This book uses homonyms and homophones to create fun adventures for a group of three cats. I’m not sure this group grasped all the grammar, but it was a fun book anyway. : ) […]