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.
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.
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!