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Pots and Plants

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Ever since my trek to the NAEA conference, I have been thinking a lot about how we have students create art. In a couple of the workshops I went to, there was a lot of discussion about how most students create teacher directed art lessons. When every child makes the exact same thing as their peers, many people considered that a successful art project.  I have always enjoyed allowing my students freedom to create while having their projects be cohesive enough that they can be hung together in a grouping.

When one of the third grade teachers came to me and asked me for art that she could take over to our local Trader Joe’s for display., I again was thinking about my time at NAEA.

For this lesson, I gave my students the direction that we needed to create pieces that looked like they were part of a collection. We talked about what types of things Trader Joe’s sells and what would look nice on display and landed on plants and flowers.

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They all drew a plant in sharpie, put it in a container, painted it with watercolor, leaving white space around it. They were free to draw any type of plant that they wanted to and put it in a container of their choosing. I pulled up reference pictures and projected them onto our screen for them to look at.

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Beatrix Potter

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Because March is Women’s History month my classes all were introduced to a different woman artist.

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Grade three learned about Beatrix Potter and her water color illustrations of animals. They learned that she was also a sheep farmer, preservationist and business woman.

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They could use watercolor, colored pencils, sharpie or any combination of those and could choose to do any of her animas or one of their own anthropomorphic animals.

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They all chose Peter Rabbit. Probably because it is spring time.

Bugs in Boxes

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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.

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This year, the students drew about five boxes. They then put different bugs in each box.

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The bugs could be real or imaginary.

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I have a bunch of plastic insects from my children that I bring in for them to look at if they want to.

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They could color the bugs with marker, pencil, or oil pastel.

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When finished, they painted the space in between the boxes with brown paint to look a bit like wood.

 

 

Crystal Cities in the style of Rob Dunlavy

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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”.

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I had my second graders look at these amazing architecture images for our Archtober celebrations.

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We just used marker. Some students really understood that we were “coloring in” with just lines.

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Apples

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I subbed in a friend’s second grade class today and on the lesson plans, she wrote (for one of the afternoon options): “Math games or one of your amazing art lessons”.

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I thought about what art lesson I could do with them. I figured apples were pretty typical for a fall art project and created this lesson. It took the kids about 45 minutes.

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We did a directed drawing of a whole apple then an apple that had been eaten.

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They went over the pencil in sharpie. Then they painted.

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They had the option of using white crayon to make designs before painting. We then glued both images to black paper.

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