I am aamaaaaazed at how beautiful these scary gargoyle/monsters came out! Students learned about clay building techniques – reviewing pinch pots and slipping and scoring from previous years. I taught them all about gargoyles and grotesques. And I love these things! Too many to stop taking pics…. So here ya go!
Kindergarten students drew dragons!! Seriously! I couldn’t believe how great these turned out but the kids did fantastic! We discussed drawing an imaginary creature (and what is real and make believe… this was a funny conversation!). Then we drew the dragon, painted paper that was later cut into fire, and put it all together. Seriously, I was amazed with these little cuties!
In second grade, the students learned the difference between drawing from observation versus drawing from their memory. They looked at photographs of butterflies, talked about symmetry, and then draw a detailed contour line drawing of a butterfly. I think the students were really impressed with how well they turned out!
Students looked at artwork by artist Joan Miro. We discussed the lines in her artwork and how each of her bold lines and shapes were created by lines we know and use in class (straight, bumpy, zig zag, dashed, dotted, etc). We also talked about the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and shapes that we saw and could recreate (squares, rectangles, and triangles). I showed the students how easily they could create those simple shapes from a square.
Here is some of the artwork we looked at:
And here is what the students came up with:
I read the book Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh where students discover the primary colors mix together to make secondary colors.
Students mixed the primary colors with their paint brushes to get the secondary colors. They used texture rubbing plates to get texture for the mouse “hair” and then glued the mice on.