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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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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.

 

 

Recycled Weaving

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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.

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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.

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Well, they actually trimmed the edges. Then did their weaving.

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Pretty great way to use up a box of paper strips that showed up in the art room and the old placemats as well.

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Ice Skaters

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It is always fun to do a project that kids ooh and ahh about. This was one of those. They seem to love when they lift up a paper and find an image they created underneath.

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Unfortunately, the markers in the art cabinet were a little dry but we still had decent results.

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They drew their winter scene on one half of the paper in marker then painted the bottom half with water, folded over and revealed a mirror image that looks like it may be a reflection in water. They created skaters to go on the pond.50980111

Crystal Cities in the style of Rob Dunlavy

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Rob Dunlavy is a children’s book artist. Have you seen his Crystal Cities Rob Dunlavy just makes lines look magical! Some of his images remind me of the exterior of It’s a Small World at Disneyland.

Here is what he says about them: “Crystal Cities are whimsical explorations of the act of drawing and painting, line and color, atmosphere and narrative possibilities. At the moment, these are my “fine art”.

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I had my second graders look at these amazing architecture images for our Archtober celebrations.

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We just used marker. Some students really understood that we were “coloring in” with just lines.

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Crazy Socks

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48213821.jpgOur first lesson back is always an easy one and I try to do something fun with lines for my students. These were from my fourth graders.

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A few months ago, I saw an image on an advertising postcard for Blessed Wedding Photography. It was of a bride and groom’s feet. The man had brown shoes, blue pants and funky socks. The bride had blue shoes. It was a cool image and I put it up on my bulletin board.

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Fast forward to last week and me looking around to put a new spin on the same old line lessons…

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Kind of a fun way to look at lines, by creating pictures of feet and shoes. I love how they all put their own spin on it.

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Royal Second Graders

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Not long before school ends. I begin to look in the cabinets for stuff I just need to get rid of or pare down. This lesson came from that idea.

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Students used cardboard tubes, donated paper and bling-sequins I found in a box- to created these images of themselves as Kings and Queens.

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Mandalas

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I love Mandalas, I think they are just stunning.

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I was recently gifted a mandala coloring book and thought my grade 5’s could easily do some mandalas.

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We looked at traditional mandala images, learned about radial design and talked about pattern and shape.

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We thought about easy ways we could get everything to look the same. I had them trace a plate for their circle. They then folded the paper so that they had “lines” for each section. I had items they could trace like blocks, cut paper, cups, plastic lids, and various found objects.

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Once they completed the design, they colored it and cut it out and mounted it on paper.

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Winter Birch Trees

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Another old lesson that I updated for my new school. I did this originally about 7 years ago with my daughter’s 4th grade class. I think I originally saw it in Arts and Activities Magazine.

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I did this lesson with 5th grade. Changed the medium to water color and marker, added a resist option. Students could do a blue sky, sunset sky or aurora borealis sky. I think they are pretty good.