Tag Archives: oil pastel

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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Rainbow Fish

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Our School is participating in the Compassion It Program.

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Rainbow Fish seemed like a great art project for our Compassion It week. This lesson was done with my preschool students. In the story, Rainbow Fish learns that sharing helps make friends.

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I did a directed draw of Rainbow fish. Students used black crayon to draw, oil pastel to fill in the color and liquid watercolor for the water.

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Filigree Hearts

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I created this after having a large quantity of leftover black watercolor paint. I pop the brown and black pans out of the paint palettes for two reasons. One, it forces my students to mix colors and two my youngest artists do not paint everything black and brown.

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Students learned about the art of filigree. They looked at examples both ancient and modern. They then traced (or could draw their own) a large heart onto 9×12 paper.

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Using white oil pastel, they filled their hearts with organic, curved lines. They painted the inside with water color of their choice then black watercolor around the hearts. 16387917_10154945657184042_486656003692111024_n.jpg

Clouds and Black Mountain

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Fifth graders study clouds and I thought it would be fun for them to paint them. As the students walked in, the teacher asked what we were doing, I said clouds and Black Mountain. He said we just learned yesterday about Lenticular clouds.  The timing was so perfect.

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We have a local mountain that can be seen from many of the upstairs windows and the school parking lot.20161206_160453.jpg

It is called Black Mountain.It is 1,500 feet.

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The top is covered with various radio and other antennae. It is covered in scrub brush and has dusty trails and loads of rocks but people love it for local hiking and mountain biking.

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I thought we could put the two together: the mountain in our backyard and the study of clouds. We talked about all kinds of clouds and looked at pictures of clouds. We talked about clouds in art and looked at work by Beirstadt and O’Keeffe among others

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As always, I did the demo, told them my thoughts about it and let them have a latitude of choices. I suggested Black Mountain but the kids could choose any landscape they desired.

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Some kids chose Whistler or Half Dome- yes, this artist made sure I knew that Half Dome is NOT a mountain. I even had some choose to create beaches.

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My only real requirement was that they had to paint some clouds.

 

Persian Tile

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I try to bring in lessons that celebrate some of the many cultures we have here in our community.

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For this lesson, we looked at Persian tiles and talked a bit about the history.

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I told the students they could imitate the tiles we looked at or they could be the tile designer and do their own thing.

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Students could make their images symmetrical or not. They used oil pastel and permanent marker.

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What Lifts You?

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I had seen the work of Kelsey Montague about a year ago. I love her idea that her murals are interactive and that people can post themselves with the art to social media.

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My students did self-portraits in oil pastel then cut them out and affixed them to wings of their own design.

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We took it one step further and several students contributed to create a mural that students can interact with. It has been a big hit with kids and adults alike.

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