Monthly Archives: March 2017

Peter Diem Cows

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Everyone seems to do a Peter Diem Cow lesson!

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They are so colorful and perfect for young ones.

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I had my K/1 class, do a guided drawing of a cow. Some wanted 4 legs, udders, and tails so they did. Others copied Peter Diem.

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They colored with oil pastel then used markers and water for a blended background.

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More Beatrix Potter

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I teach a total of five classrooms of grade three students. As I continued to teach Beatrix this week to the rest of our third graders, more students chose her other characters. So much fun to teach students about this wonderful artist, author, and business woman.

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Jemima Puddleduck

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Tale of Two Bad Mice

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Squirrel Nutkin

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Kitty in Boots

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The Tailor of Gloucester

 

Trees with Seasons

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The 1/2 Combo teachers told me they were studying the seasons.

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The students did a Styrofoam printing plate of a tree. They printed it four times.

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Once finished, they used dots to paint the different seasons. Nice lesson that brought together Pop Art-Andy Warhol, Pointillism-Georges Seurat, and classroom curriculum.

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Beatrix Potter

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Because March is Women’s History month my classes all were introduced to a different woman artist.

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Grade three learned about Beatrix Potter and her water color illustrations of animals. They learned that she was also a sheep farmer, preservationist and business woman.

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They could use watercolor, colored pencils, sharpie or any combination of those and could choose to do any of her animas or one of their own anthropomorphic animals.

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They all chose Peter Rabbit. Probably because it is spring time.

Bugs in Boxes

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Second grade usually does an insect unit. They learn about insects and their body parts. Every year, I do something a little different, it seems.

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This year, the students drew about five boxes. They then put different bugs in each box.

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The bugs could be real or imaginary.

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I have a bunch of plastic insects from my children that I bring in for them to look at if they want to.

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They could color the bugs with marker, pencil, or oil pastel.

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When finished, they painted the space in between the boxes with brown paint to look a bit like wood.

 

 

Laurel Burch Cats

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For this lesson, my kindergarten students drew a cat and flowers in oil pastel and then painted over it with black water color.

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I like watercolor paintings to be bright and cheery so I take out the black and brown paint. I have a lot of black watercolor paint because I take it our of our paint trays.

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This lesson allowed us to use up some of those black paint trays. The hardest part is getting kindergarten students to color hard enough that the water color resists the paints.

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Wycinanki Trees of Life

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For some reason, I have a lots of scrap paper this year. This is another lesson that came about because I have certain supplies.

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For this lesson students looked at traditional Wycinanki paper cut images and we talked about the tree of life.

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Students folded the paper in half, drew their image with white crayon then cut out. They were to include a bird, a tree, and a heart.

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After they finished the cutout, they added colored paper if they wanted to.

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Oak Trees

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I was asked to teach a step by step painting class at our Girl Scout Service Unit Encampment. The theme was Amazing Race so the girls went to different locations all over camp and did activities from different countries-things like making sushi in Japan, playing Futbol in Spain, and painting with me in France.

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It was for our Juniors (grades 4, 5, 6) and Cadettes (grades 7, 8).

We set up on the porch of one of the cabins and it was a bit breezy and cool but we sure had a great time.

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Can you believe we only had 40 minutes? Well, we did! I think they did an amazing job! I showed them my  tricks for “speed” painting like basing in the sky using a thin coat of paint and a sponge.

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They did these on 8×10 canvas board. I love that they all came out so differently.

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