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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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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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Apple Still Life

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I did these apples with my K/1 combo class.

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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.

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We drew them with black crayon and filled in with paint.

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One mom told me her child loved it so much he kept drawing apples in bowls.

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I think they are a lot of fun.

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Collaged Hearts

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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.

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Students in my 1/2 combo class were given heart templates to trace. They then filled the hearts with scraps of paper.

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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.

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Because they came out so nice, I did the lesson again with my K/1 group.

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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.

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Kindergarten Cupcakes

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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.

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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.

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I demoed how to draw cupcakes and  the different types of frosting tops. Then they chose to draw and paint one or more.

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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.

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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.

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Tissue Paper Bowls

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I have done this lesson a few times and usually relate it to Dale Chihuly’s Macchias. There are a few Macchias in the Mingei collection and they are occasionally on view.

I had the opportunity over the summer to go to Chihuly Gardens in Seattle and it was amazing. I loved the boat and all the dramatic lighting.

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I did these tissue bowls with my K/1 combo class-there are only 16 students and they come with 2 helpers so it is fairly easy to do some amazing and more complex lessons with these little artists.

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This child only had one layer so it is very delicate and fragile but looks so pretty.49098836.jpgI used paper bowls covered in plastic wrap and they used diluted glue to add layers of tissue. The directions were to add 4 layers of tissue. Most did that for some great results. Those with less layers have a thinner more delicate bowl. 49098870.jpg49098891.jpg49098882.jpg

Kindergarten Primary Shapes, Secondary Backgrounds

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48719687My K students LOVE to paint. They like to paint paper, people, tables, you name it, they’d paint it. We do talk often about “we paint paper, not people” but you know there is always a couple of kids who paint their hands or their neighbor.

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To get that out of their system,  I try to do a lot of paint projects with them. We only have 30 minutes together so it is a whirlwind especially when no one is there to help wrangle any of the 27 student classes. I can do it on my own and often do but Whew!

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For this lesson, I demoed how to draw 4 basic shapes. We talked about the primary colors and they painted the shapes. We then talked about secondary colors and they painted the backgrounds.

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