This was a super tough lesson to complete in just one hour but my fourth graders did it with only a few bumps in the road.
There are over 100 4th graders so I had them adhere their positive pieces on one side of the pre-cut cereal box and negative on the other creating a 2 sided printing plate.
If the kids were good at puzzles and spacial relations assembling the plate was a snap.
If puzzles were a challenge, we decided that it made for a perfect growth mindset. (Embrace challenges, persist in the face of set-backs, mistakes help me learn, this may take some time, etc.)
We used sticky back foam sheets and cereal box cardboard for our printing plates.
I ran out of sticky back foam but had a few sheets of sticky back felt. It was not as successful but it was all we had. It did make for some great texture but they slurped up too much ink and they had to press really hard to get a print.
I did these lessons this week. I know I did them a couple of years ago. I do not always repeat but these are fun and perfect for fall.
Corn: Grade 2
This day was so busy with loads of classrooms needing to swap art times for various reasons. The First Graders who came were not scheduled and I had left all my lesson plan notes at home. This lesson came from a cupboard search, “What’s in here that I can use for art?”.
So I put together this lesson with what I would call “found objects”. My art room in a depository for all kinds of cool donations.
I had a box of cardboard scraps that had been cut for a long finished “plaid painting” project and another (giant) box of miscellaneous tissue paper. Put them together and here is another fun way to celebrate Archtober.
Grade 1 students covered their paper in tissue paper then printed a neighborhood with cardboard scraps.
Interestingly, I showed up at the New Children’s Museum for Educators Night and one of their hands on activities was a tissue paper background lesson.
Rob Dunlavy is a children’s book artist. Have you seen his Crystal Cities Rob Dunlavy just makes lines look magical! Some of his images remind me of the exterior of It’s a Small World at Disneyland.
Here is what he says about them: “Crystal Cities are whimsical explorations of the act of drawing and painting, line and color, atmosphere and narrative possibilities. At the moment, these are my “fine art”.
I had my second graders look at these amazing architecture images for our Archtober celebrations.
We just used marker. Some students really understood that we were “coloring in” with just lines.
Others wanted to color.
I did these with grade 4. Some classes had time to paint. Some only used oil pastel.
We talked about one point perspective and some attempted that with mixed results.
I wanted a simple lesson that tied in with lines and fall so we did these. Students looked at pictures of various fall leaves (hard to find in our area so we used images from the internet).
They drew a large leaf or several small ones with veins and stems.
The background was fragmented and filled in with lines and shapes in white pastel.
They painted with watercolor.
Two years ago, I did a Lulie Wallace lesson with tempera paint.
This year, I just wanted a lesson to review shapes, lines, color so we used oil pastel.
Plus some days, I am just not up for the mess of paint.
I did these with my 1/2 combo class. I demonstrated how to draw a giraffe. They painted the giraffes with primary colors and the backgrounds in secondary colors.