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Sailboat Silhouette

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My students and parents LOVE this lesson. I do this one with First Grade. This year, I did the lesson with Grade 1 and the Grade 1 and Grade 2 Combo classes.

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I think it always turns out great. The nice thing about this is if they make a mark they do not like, they can just color over it and it becomes a bigger boat or another sail. It also reinforces how to draw basic shapes.

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This year, I had extra wide sharpies which made it easier for my students to color in large sails or large boats.

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I think one key to success is to make sure the students go slowly around the outside and then they can move quickly when they are in the middle of the image.

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Trees with Seasons

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The 1/2 Combo teachers told me they were studying the seasons.

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The students did a Styrofoam printing plate of a tree. They printed it four times.

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Once finished, they used dots to paint the different seasons. Nice lesson that brought together Pop Art-Andy Warhol, Pointillism-Georges Seurat, and classroom curriculum.

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Oak Trees

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I was asked to teach a step by step painting class at our Girl Scout Service Unit Encampment. The theme was Amazing Race so the girls went to different locations all over camp and did activities from different countries-things like making sushi in Japan, playing Futbol in Spain, and painting with me in France.

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It was for our Juniors (grades 4, 5, 6) and Cadettes (grades 7, 8).

We set up on the porch of one of the cabins and it was a bit breezy and cool but we sure had a great time.

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Can you believe we only had 40 minutes? Well, we did! I think they did an amazing job! I showed them my  tricks for “speed” painting like basing in the sky using a thin coat of paint and a sponge.

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They did these on 8×10 canvas board. I love that they all came out so differently.

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Frogs

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53654596For this lesson for my Transitional Kindergarten students, I had them do a directed drawing of a frog on a lily pad.

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I often do directed  drawings with my youngest students. I think it gives them a good foundation of how to draw.

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After we drew the frogs, we talked about how to make green, how to mix paint and to add some water to thin out the paint a bit so we could still see the black crayon.

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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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Those Shoes

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52013402My 1/2 combo students read a book called “Those Shoes”.

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One of the teachers asked if we could draw or paint shoes.

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Since we were doing Still Life this month, I brought in several pairs of sneakers (mostly Converse High Tops).

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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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Time for Tea

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I have a small collection of tea pots and tea cups. Some were gifts, others were purchased for a tea party birthday years ago.

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I brought some into the classroom with some fresh flowers so that my third graders could create still life paintings. We talked about composition, hierarchy, overlap, shadow, and highlight.

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They used marker and watercolor to create these lovely images. I love how different they all are and how many of them added fruits and flowers from their own imagination.

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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.