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Sail Boat Collage

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My K/1 Combo class did this lesson. They painted the background first doing the sky white then adding blue, they then painted the ocean with blue, green, and white. We did not rinse between colors so that was one less clean up step. I had them wipe their brushes on scrap paper or their placemats.

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While that was drying, I showed them our “magic square” trick. A square can be cut into 2 triangles or 2 rectangles.

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They then made boats with the squares of painted paper. I often use my old demo lessons chopped up for things like this. I also have some art room helpers who will take the paint leftovers from a paint day and paint on “oops” papers.

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That paper is made by my upper grade student helpers. While I am pretty conservative in pouring paint, there is always a bit of leftover paint on the supply plates and it is a good way to use that up. (Reduce, reuse recycle: it’s good for the budget)

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They then cut and assembled the boats however they wanted to.

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Sailboat Silhouette

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I have been doing these for years-they were a variation on a lesson in the Art Attack program that my daughter’s school adopted many years ago. I usually do this with First Grade but you can do it with just about any age group and can change the silhouette subject.

Silhouettes and watercolor are fun and they look pretty.

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Students first draw their sailboats with a permanent marker. A great way to reinforce shapes. (triangles, trapezoids, half circles).

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Then they paint shadows under the boats.

Then they paint the sky in warm colors.

Then they paint the sea in cool colors.

Easy-quick-frameable.

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For second grade, one year, the students did dinosaurs-warm ground, cool skies. Same lesson-different subject.

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