I created this after having a large quantity of leftover black watercolor paint. I pop the brown and black pans out of the paint palettes for two reasons. One, it forces my students to mix colors and two my youngest artists do not paint everything black and brown.
Students learned about the art of filigree. They looked at examples both ancient and modern. They then traced (or could draw their own) a large heart onto 9×12 paper.
Using white oil pastel, they filled their hearts with organic, curved lines. They painted the inside with water color of their choice then black watercolor around the hearts.
My 1/2 combo students read a book called “Those Shoes”.
One of the teachers asked if we could draw or paint shoes.
Since we were doing Still Life this month, I brought in several pairs of sneakers (mostly Converse High Tops).
I set them in the middle of the tables for the students to draw from.
We did a lot of Still Life images this month.For Kindergarten, we did cupcakes. I use Staonal marking crayons for K’s instead of sharpies.
Staonal chunky black crayons are great for little hands and of course, hold up far better than a sharpie when used on a wet painting.
I demoed how to draw cupcakes and the different types of frosting tops. Then they chose to draw and paint one or more.
I like to show my youngest students how to draw something but leave up the composition and images up to them. For me, this allows them to learn how to draw while giving them the freedom to create an image as they see it.
I feel that this approach allows more creativity. I always tell them that they can follow along and draw what I draw or watch me first and then create their own.
I have a small collection of tea pots and tea cups. Some were gifts, others were purchased for a tea party birthday years ago.
I brought some into the classroom with some fresh flowers so that my third graders could create still life paintings. We talked about composition, hierarchy, overlap, shadow, and highlight.
They used marker and watercolor to create these lovely images. I love how different they all are and how many of them added fruits and flowers from their own imagination.
Grade 2 learned about Georges Braque and created these collage images.