Friday, December 30, 2011

Winter Polar Bears

Saw a great, simple polar bear pic on Artsonia.  What I liked about it was the way the artist put green and purple in the background, and put green and purple in the white fur of the bear.  When I showed my students my example, with green and purple in the fur too, we talked about how beautiful the fur can look with more than just the color white and how the colors of the sky can be reflecting in the white fur.  My students had lots of fun choosing their sky colors and then adding it to the fur.
We used chalk pastels on light blue construction paper.
1.  Draw bear and facial features with white chalk.
2.  Draw white fur using little strokes in the direction that the fur would actually grow.
3.  Choose background colors, color background and blend chalk colors w/ finger.
4.  Add little bit of background colors to fur in bear.
5.  Add more white fur on top of colors, and blend with finger.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Snowy Trees

"Snowy Trees" Art Project (Re-post from a couple years ago)

Materials needed: black paper ( mine is 9x12"), oval template, white chalk, tissue, white paint (tempera or acrylic), comb

Place template on black paper and use the side of the chalk, pushing from the template off the side onto black paper.

Use tissue to gently smear the chalk.

Lift off template and draw a wavy line for the snow.

Color in the snow.

Make dotted lines for tree trunks.

Draw branches.

Place picture in box to protect the area from paint splatters. (This step can also be done on a large piece of butcher paper.)

Dip comb into paint, and splatter paint by rubbing thumb against the comb as shown in picture at the top.

All Done!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Plaid & Cats

My 5th graders did these last month.  Love this plaid theme, it would be fun 
right now w/ Red&Green plaid too!
I also love the blog where I found it, A Faithful Attempt.  I don't see many other art teachers out there teaching K-12 art, so this blog is particularly inspiring for me b/c she does super great lessons with amazing results.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Winter on its way...bring out the penguins

My first graders made these penguins.
For drawing, I gave each student a cup to trace for the belly, then they drew their own arms, head, face, and feet.

Great Job NCCS 1st graders!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

More Leaves....

Wow, how nice to do simple art, yet still get wonderful results.  Sometimes I get so caught up looking at all the new, exciting art lessons out here in blog-world, that I forget about the tried and true art lessons that bring so much pleasure to children.
Our latest Leaf Rubbings
(Hmmm, been having lots o' probs w/ pics getting turned around on my posts...
never used to happen this much.)

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