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Treasure Maps

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  1. Third graders watched Reading Rainbow’s Sunken Treasure to learn about the shipwrecked Atocha.  They created an imaginary island and then added mountains, rivers, forests, etc.  Fish, dragons, whales and ships were drawn in the surrounding sea.  A compass rose completed the picture.

Textured Rudolph Collage

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First graders worked with texture and shape to create these adorable Rudolphs.  They used large brushes to swirl glitter paint for the sky.  Corrugated paper, fluffy cotton, fuzzy poms and shiny wiggle eyes were used for the reindeer.  Students had fun posing the head and legs to show movement.

Tooled Ornaments

Fourth graders stacked shapes to draw an old fashioned ornament.  They folded their sketch in half and then cut a symmetrical pattern.  The large shapes were broken into smaller shapes.  They taped their patterns to tooling foil.  Working on the soft surface of their sketchbooks, students traced over their lines with a stylus.  The ornament was then cut out.  To emboss, students outlined a shape on the front, gently used the stylus to “color” inside the shape on the back, then outlined the front again.  Students used 2 or 3 Sharpies to add color.

Model Magic Penguins

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Second graders combined simple forms to create these adorable penguins.  They practiced rolling spheres which they flattened to create the eyes and belly.  An egg shape was formed for the body.  Two smaller egg shapes were flattened for wings.   The beak was a flattened cone.

Metallic paper and fiberfill were used for ice and snow.  Students added eggs and fish for interest.

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Fourth graders viewed examples of hand blown glass ornaments as the inspiration for this collage.  Students sketched an ornament by stacking ovals, rectangles, triangles, etc.  They folded their sketches in half vertically, then cut out the best side.  This pattern was traced onto the back of foil paper.  The ornaments were cut out and then decorated with smaller shapes.  Glitter was used to outline shapes and create decorative  lines and dots.   Glittering was done inside of a box lid to contain any spills.

 

 

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These whimsical trees were part of a lesson in color mixing.  First graders mixed yellow and turquoise blue tempera to create their favorite green.  They practiced painting smooth brush strokes as they turned recycled yarn cones into holiday trees.  Two glittery pipe cleaners became garland wound around the tree.  Jewels, sequins, glitter poms and a doily tree skirt completed the tree.

First graders can:

Identify cones.

Mix yellow and blue paint to make green.

Identify art used in celebrations.

Patriotic Eagles Grade 4

This lesson was a huge success in my art classes.  The structure of drawing from a photograph combined with the freedom in designing the background appealed to all students.

Fourth graders drew an eagle in profile by working from a photograph.  They added a patriotic background that included stars and stripes, and red, white and blue.  Students worked with oil pastels on black paper.

Tracy Albert, from May Whitney School in Lake Zurich, developed this lesson.

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