Everyone seems to do a Peter Diem Cow lesson!
They are so colorful and perfect for young ones.
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.
They colored with oil pastel then used markers and water for a blended background.
The 1/2 Combo teachers told me they were studying the seasons.
The students did a Styrofoam printing plate of a tree. They printed it four times.
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.
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 did these apples with my K/1 combo class.
I showed them how to draw apples in a bowl, on a table, in a footed bowl and they could do them however they chose to.
We drew them with black crayon and filled in with paint.
One mom told me her child loved it so much he kept drawing apples in bowls.
I think they are a lot of fun.
Our black placemats we use get pretty messy after hundreds of uses. A few days ago, I noticed that the edges of most of them were folded and frayed and that many were bumpy from being wet from paint and glue. I swapped them out for new ones and wanted to use the spattered papers for something. I came up with this for my 1/2 combo class. A week or so ago, a gigantic box of skinny strips showed up in the art room. KISMET!! Students used the black mats at the substrate and the paper strips to weave.
They took paper strips and glued them on one edge of the paper. To remind them to use a small amount of glue and to hold the paper a few seconds so it wouldn’t slide around, we chanted dot, dot, not a lot, lot , press and hold 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
It was a pretty fun way to get them to make sure the one side was stuck before we started weaving. While that dried a bit, they decorated their strips and then did their weaving.
Well, they actually trimmed the edges. Then did their weaving.
Pretty great way to use up a box of paper strips that showed up in the art room and the old placemats as well.
In the teacher workroom is a box that says, “Art Scraps”. A few years ago, a recycling minded parent created the box for us. Teachers and parents put all the construction paper and other paper scraps from projects in the box. For this project, we used some of those scraps.
Students in my 1/2 combo class were given heart templates to trace. They then filled the hearts with scraps of paper.
I used cups of white glue mixed with water and some sponge brushes that were donated. They traced the heart templates with our black Staonal Crayons. They used scissors or tearing to make the pieces of paper smaller.
Because they came out so nice, I did the lesson again with my K/1 group.
For them I pre-traced the hearts to save time. There is only one class of this combo and it is small. They actually ended up having time to cut the hearts out and glue them onto black paper. I think it is always good for students to have extra scissor practice and the black background really makes the hearts stand out.
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.
Apparently, right now, I am into kids creating a background, making a second image or two then putting it all together.
This lesson came about because I was talking to my kids about Jack Frost. It got me to thinking who is he? Where did the idea come from?
Well, I did some research and found out that he likely originated from Norse fables. He is usually represented as an old man or a sprite or fairy.
I took this information to my 1-2 combo classes and told them to create their own version of Jack Frost.
Their reference was The Rise of the Guardians Movie and “Jack Frost nipping at their nose”. Here are a few of the images.
We used giant snowflake stamps on the blue paper for our backgrounds and our new crayola oil pastels! Man for an inexpensive student grade pastel, they are pretty creamy and easy to use.
Students in Grade 1 looked at images of poinsettias and created these paintings.
They learned the history of the Poinsettia.
We also talked about Georgia O’Keefe.
I demoed the basic leaf shapes and center circles.
We also talked about the veins in the colored bracts.
This one I really like because the student ran out of blue paint. Rather than bother asking for more, just put a red border around it. I love that kind of creativity and resourcefulness.
My K/1 Students created these colorful fish.
I showed them how to make different kinds of fish and told them they had to have at least 5 so they could use all the paint colors and have a blue ocean.
They could add any details they chose to.