Sunday, March 27, 2011

Things Are Gettin' Fishy Around Here!

Here are a few fish-themed ideas for lessons.

This first project was a drawing assignment that used fluorescent crayons and watercolor resist. It was a third grade lesson done while substitute teaching. The students had visual references to work from when drawing their own fish and ocean life.
This is my example:

And this second project was one that I did this year with the K/1 age group at the church. There it was linked to the "Fisher's of Men" gospel, but obviously a fish could just be a fish if done in a secular setting. The materials used were: plastic water bottles, Easter basket grass, fun foam, wiggle eyes, and hot glue/glue guns. I provided tracers for the fins and eyes circles.

Here is one of the many fish that I made (student fish will be posted with the art show images in May):

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Dozen Bunnies -- Grade 1

So my sample for this project was a gardening bunny. The students pointed out that my bunny looks sad -- something that I didn't even realize.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

I've done this drawing lesson a few times while substituting. And I love how all the drawings have their own personalities. It a simple drawing lesson that the students follow along with step-by-step beginning with the u-shaped bunny head, then and egg-shaped body, etc. The details and backgrounds are all their own design. Then they simply outline in marker before coloring in. The backgrounds are colored with texture rubbings. It is a good one-class project.

A soccer playing bunny that is staying hydrated with his water bottle.
Waving hello!
This bunny looks a bit stunned.
I absolutely love all the details in this picture. Check out those patterns and accessories. Wow!
Another waving bunny. I think the two students were seated near each other. Hmm... wonder who copied whose idea?
A rare lop-eared bunny!
Pretty much every bunny was white, so I love how this student embraced purple! A far-out bunny rockin' the peace sign!
Squiggly whiskers!
This is a hard-working carpenter bunny. He has a lot of nails and a sturdy hammer!
I feel like this bunny may be at the ocean, must be that blue ground. She even has her bunny belly-button showing!
The only bunny who looks like she is out for a stroll chasing butterflies!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Squirrels! Grade K

I needed a lesson for the kindergarten classes and felt inspired by the fat squirrel that has been frequenting my front yard (much to the entertainment of my tuxedo cat). I decided to have the students draw their own spring squirrels. To control the size of their drawings I had them start with a tracer of an acorn. They drew the squirrels holding that central acorn, thus guaranteeing that their drawings would fill the page. We used markers, crayons, and textures plates (to rub the backgrounds). Here are some of those cute critters!

Spring Quilling

While substitute teaching last week, I was asked by the art teacher to begin a quilling (filagree) assignment with the fifth graders. The idea was to start with a central design and work outward (most students did this). The design should be inspired by a floral motif. While most of these images will not immediately look like a floral motif, keep in mind they were only just started and probably will take at least another two hours before they are finished. But the tight coil was the most popular form for the students to make, so here they are:

Notice the layering of coils within and on top of each other.

A few students worked a little differently...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

While I was substitute teaching for an art teacher this week, I discovered that children not only believe in leprechauns, but that they leave pennies out to try to trap them and they get visited by pesky leprechauns who mess up their bedrooms while they sleep. I had no idea that these little Irish men were almost as popular as the Easter Bunny, but I guess they are!

Anyway, two of the classes that day were making leprechaun projects that are really simple to do and are great for sub plans because they use so few materials, require little to no instruction, and prove to be a lot of fun for the kids to make.

The first leprechauns were made by the third grade. These were pre-printed on heavy paper. The students only had to color in the parts, cut them out, and assemble them with brass paper fasteners. It was pretty simple, really, so I asked that they use a variety of greens from their crayon bins and even add their own patterns to the clothing. Some students used the paper scraps from their cut-outs to make accessories like pots of gold, shamrocks, and one made a statue of liberty torch! My sample looked like "a golfer" according to one student. Here it is:

The next leprechauns made that day were by the first grade. This one was also pre-printed on paper and the students colored him in. I encouraged the same use of greens as I did with the third grade and even encouraged using a variety of colors in the beards. The students cut them out, then traced and cut shamrocks from construction paper, wrote "Happy St. Patrick's Day", then pasted the leprechauns to light green paper. A few students asked if they could add backgrounds and since these were going home with them anyway, I complied. They added rainbows, pots of gold, and more shamrocks! My sample is below: