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.
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.
This year, the students drew about five boxes. They then put different bugs in each box.
The bugs could be real or imaginary.
I have a bunch of plastic insects from my children that I bring in for them to look at if they want to.
They could color the bugs with marker, pencil, or oil pastel.
When finished, they painted the space in between the boxes with brown paint to look a bit like wood.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, the markers in the art cabinet were a little dry but we still had decent results.
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.
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”.
I had my second graders look at these amazing architecture images for our Archtober celebrations.
We just used marker. Some students really understood that we were “coloring in” with just lines.
Others wanted to color.
Our 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.
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.
Fast forward to last week and me looking around to put a new spin on the same old line lessons…
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.
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.
Students used cardboard tubes, donated paper and bling-sequins I found in a box- to created these images of themselves as Kings and Queens.
I love Mandalas, I think they are just stunning.
I was recently gifted a mandala coloring book and thought my grade 5’s could easily do some mandalas.
We looked at traditional mandala images, learned about radial design and talked about pattern and shape.
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.
Once they completed the design, they colored it and cut it out and mounted it on paper.
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.
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.