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.
I teach a total of five classrooms of grade three students. As I continued to teach Beatrix this week to the rest of our third graders, more students chose her other characters. So much fun to teach students about this wonderful artist, author, and business woman.
Tale of Two Bad Mice
Kitty in Boots
The Tailor of Gloucester
Because March is Women’s History month my classes all were introduced to a different woman artist.
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.
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.
They all chose Peter Rabbit. Probably because it is spring time.
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.
This year, the students drew about five boxes. They then put different bugs in each box.
The bugs could be real or imaginary.
I have a bunch of plastic insects from my children that I bring in for them to look at if they want to.
They could color the bugs with marker, pencil, or oil pastel.
When finished, they painted the space in between the boxes with brown paint to look a bit like wood.
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 love finding current working artists who can inspire my students. For this lesson, we looked at the work of illustrator Mateusz Urbanowicz. He is an illustrator, originally from Poland, who lives and works in Japan. He has great videos of him actually drawing his “Tokyo Storefronts” series so the students and I looked at one together.
The students had lots of great questions and loved watching the artist work. For this lesson, I allowed them to use pencil and make a sketch before inking.
Normally, pencil sketches are not allowed for art because of time constraints. We have a “no mistakes in art” rule so any mark you make on your paper is not a mistake and can be turned into something. I think it forces them to trust themselves and think about creative solutions to a mark they decide they do not want.
These images were created in the style of Mateusz Urbanowicz but took on a Social Studies twist when we talked about businesses that existed during the Gold Rush. They created their images of buildings as if they could have been part of a Gold Rush town.
Our School is participating in the Compassion It Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a small collection of tea pots and tea cups. Some were gifts, others were purchased for a tea party birthday years ago.
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.
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.
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.