Monday, September 19, 2016

2nd Grade Monarch Butterflies

I have taught this lesson to 1st graders and 2nd graders before; last time I posted it on my blog, I posted results from 1st grade. The success rate is a little higher with 2nd grade, and the number of students asking for help drops significantly, so I'm leaning toward keeping it as a 2nd grade lesson.

This lesson is in my unit on the principle of art pattern. I began by asking the students to think of animals with spots; then, I asked them to think of animals with lines. Then, I told them that I'm going to show them an animal with both spots and lines! Once the monarch was on the screen, the students noticed the spots around the edge of the wings, and the lines in the center. It looks complicated, but the lines actually make a loop, with lines extending from the loop like sun rays.

The students drew the monarch first, and then added any details that they wanted. I gave them a choice between coloring or painting their details; the only things they were required to paint were the blue sky and the orange butterfly (complementary colors make each other stand out!). Each table got a cup of liquid water colors in orange and blue; then they could ask for up to six other colors.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kindergarten Fish

I posted two years ago about a hand-print fish lesson I taught my kindergartners. I have repeated the lesson last year and this year, because the results were good, and the students enjoyed it. Most of the fish turned out like this:

But, one student didn't quite get paint on part of the palm of her hand, and her fish came out with the mouth open! Sometimes we love happy accidents in art :). This painting made me smile!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

4th Grade Hot Air Balloons

I taught the lesson I posted yesterday to my 4th graders too! I'm actually much happier with their work than with the 5th graders....but that's a good thing, because I'm planning on keeping this as a 4th grade lesson in the future! I only taught it to both grades this year due to some other changes in my curriculum, which left a temporary gap in 5th grade, which will be filled with a different lesson next year. Enjoy my 4th grade students' paintings!

Monday, September 12, 2016

5th Grade Hot Air Balloons

My 5th grade students have been learning about the principle of art pattern. We looked at several photographs of hot air balloons, and noticed the patterns on them, as well as the shape of them. The students drew their own balloons (and any other details they wanted in their art) with crayons on watercolor paper. Then, they painted the sky with liquid watercolors, and used a balled up paper towel to dab away clouds, while the watercolors were still wet. It's a fun watercolor technique with great results, that only works on watercolor paper! Other papers are usually so thin that the paint soaks all the way through.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

YAM 2016

These photos are from the Youth Art Month art show at the Indiana Statehouse in March. I've been delinquent in blogging this year....but better late than never!

1st Grade:

3rd Grade:

3rd Grade:

5th Grade:

6th Grade: