My Grade Two classes did these. They have a play that they do every year called “Going Buggy” This seemed like a good lesson to add to the bug lessons we have done in the past-bugs like plants after all.
I take out all the black pans from our watercolors to keep kids from painting every thing black because I do that, I try to find fun projects to do to use up the black paint.
Students were instructed to create either warm or cool colored flowers and then the centers were to be the opposite.
When finished, they painted black around the flowers.
For this lesson, my kindergarten students drew a cat and flowers in oil pastel and then painted over it with black water color.
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.
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.
My Kindergarten students and the K/1 combo class created these images.
We did the clouds and lightning bolts first.
Then they could choose houses or city buildings.
Once complete, they painted with black watercolor paint.
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.
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.
The kindergarten team was learning about rainbows and weather and this lesson was perfect.
I saw a rain image similar to this somewhere on the internet and thought it would be perfect if we added a rainbow.
Oil pastel and water color was what we used to create these images.
Students of course loved the AH! moment when the oil pastel popped through the black and blue paint.
I have seen this lesson around the internet for several years now. This was our twist on it. I did this with first graders. We have a 45 minute art block so they really did an amazing job!
I always pop the black and brown paint out of my watercolor pan paints. I feel like those two colors can destroy a beautiful watercolor painting in seconds when in the untrained hands of a wee one.I keep those paint pans in a tray in the cupboard just for lessons like this one.
To get them started, we looked at images of superheroes. We talked about the superheroes, their logos, their super powers and how to convey a sense of strength when drawing an image of ourselves.
We also talked about what their super powers are: good at math, great at reading, kind friend, fun sibling, best baseball player, etc. etc. Then students drew a city background in oil pastel and washed over it with black watercolor paint.
They created an image of themselves as a super hero complete with superhero costume and their own logo. Then they cut and pasted it over the cityscape.
One family recently told me that they had the image their child created put on a t-shirt for a family member’s birthday gift-what a great idea!
I subbed in a friend’s second grade class today and on the lesson plans, she wrote (for one of the afternoon options): “Math games or one of your amazing art lessons”.
I thought about what art lesson I could do with them. I figured apples were pretty typical for a fall art project and created this lesson. It took the kids about 45 minutes.
We did a directed drawing of a whole apple then an apple that had been eaten.
They went over the pencil in sharpie. Then they painted.
They had the option of using white crayon to make designs before painting. We then glued both images to black paper.
My Second grade students love water color and they really like the sneaky fun of a resist.
For this, we did a drawing of a whole apple and an apple that had been eaten, they could have just a bite out of it or a core-their choice. They used white pastel for the resist and liquid watercolor for the paint. Fun stuff!
This lesson was based on the work of Todd Young. He does these adorable paintings of animals in the snow that he sells on Etsy and other places.
For this lesson, the students used oil pastel to draw the trees, stars, moons and their favorite animal or animals. They used watercolor paint for the sky so that the oil pastel would resist the paint and the stars, moon and trees could pop through.
This student asked if he could do an elephant. Of course, that kind of creativity is always welcome.