I love this quote about gratitude and think it is a great reminder for the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m really hoping to focus this year on giving and having more experiences rather than material gifts. My child does not need every toy she sees or wants and the same goes for me (shoes and home decor are my weaknesses.) Let’s be grateful for what we have and spend more time and money on living.
Oh and aren’t those pumpkins and cornucopia miniatures beautiful? 🙂
I saw these beautiful pumpkins at Angela Anderson’s blog and decided to recreate them with my fourth graders. They started by sketching the pumpkins with pencils and then tracing with sharpie. I gave them the option of drawing one large pumpkin or several overlapping pumpkins. Most of them chose to do just one big one. Then we filled them with zentangles but I reminded them before we started that step that we would be painting these. One of our goals is to show the highlights and shadows with the watercolor so they didn’t need to do super detailed tangles, just loose, open designs. The next step was to add the background. I just had them color green and blue – nothing detailed – so that the pumpkin would really pop. Next week we will paint them and I’ll update with pictures!
First graders started these cute self portraits last week and I think they will end up taking three weeks total. The first week, we drew in pencil and then traced in sharpie. This week, we used the Crayola multicultural crayons to color our skin as well as our eyes and hair. Some of the kids finished that in Ike to start painting their watermelons. Next week we will finish the watermelon and the background. I think they are turning out so well!
Kindergarten started the new year off on the right webbed-foot with this cute penguin project. 🙂 I found it through Pinterest but it’s original source is The Very Busy Kindergarten – thanks, Sue!!!
We read a book about the life-cycle of a penguin through We Give Books and discussed their habitat as well.
We dove into making the background, using markers, brushes and water. I encouraged bright colors for the sky and asked them to keep it white and blue for the snowy ground.
Next week we will make the penguin and add it to the background. I think they are going to turn out really well!
Yesterday was an early release day for my school system and all of the art teachers were brought together for a little staff development. I love getting together with my fellow art teachers! They are all such creative people and bring different things to the table. We shared lessons with each other and I’m so glad because I was kind of stuck on this lesson for fifth grade.
I found a cute picture on Pinterest and tried it out on Monday with the first class. It went okay but not near as well as I had hoped. *superhero music* Another art teacher saved the day with one of her lessons she shared. It was so pretty and covered most of the objectives that my other lesson covered but was a little different. This was what I came up with:
1. We started with some practice on some spheres and adding value.
2. Then I passed out these three circles for them to paint. We added the highlight with pencil lightly first, just to make sure we didn’t cover it up by accident.
4. We are using analogous colors to paint each ornament.
5. While those dry, we make the simple background. Using a black sheet of construction paper, we used oil pastels to make the pine branches.
6. Cut out your circles and glue them on, leaving enough space to add the ornament hangers. I used a silver oil pastel to make my hangers.
Simple and beautiful! Thanks Rebekah!
Rebekah recently started her own blog – check it out!
Color It Like You Mean It!
Here are some of the completed projects. I told them they could add snow or whatever in the background. They turned out beautifully!
My Kindergarten through second grades have been busy little art-making bees! We have not only been making beautiful Fall art, but we have also been working on bookmarks for our Muffins for Mom morning, decorations for our school book fair, and prepping for our Art to Remember fundraiser! Check out some of my K-2 artwork!
Second grade’s second artist to discuss is Gustav Klimt. They love all of the busy patterns (or as they say, “patterins”???) and designs and colors… As do I. 🙂 so we drew the outline of an owl in sharpie on a 9×12 paper and added the designs with crayons. The second class, we cut our owls out and then painted them with watercolors.
They will look beautiful on my “Hoo” loves fall art board!