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:
Mix yellow and blue paint to make green.
Identify art used in celebrations.
Second graders learned about the life and work of George Seurat. They drew butterfly wings on 12″ x 18″ paper, then traced them to create symmetrical butterflies. Dots of color were added with tempera dabbers and dotters.
This was a fun and simple year end project that used up left over paint. Second and third graders looked at a variety of sand dollars as the inspiration for these colorful paintings. They noticed the roundish shapes, five spokes and textures made of dots and lines. Students painted directly on large 12″ x 18″ colored construction paper, remembering to pull the brush to get smooth lines. Radial symmetry was emphasized. The students carefully cut out their giant sand dollars when dry.
First graders watched Reading Rainbow’s Run Away Duck before drawing these adorable mallards in crayon. Crayons were used to draw cattails, then a wash of blue watercolor was painted over all. When dry, horizontal wavy lines were brushed on to suggest water.
First graders painted wet on wet skies to suggest Northern Lights. Cut paper snowbanks, buildings and trees were added, as well as a few foam snowflakes. Snowy glitter provided the finishing touch.
I saw this lesson on numerous blogs and had to try it!
First graders used big brushes and thick white tempera to paint snowbanks and snowmen. Snowflakes were dabbed on with q tips. Markers, paper scraps, buttons and poms were used to complete the snow people.
Third graders cut out a creepy haunted house from white paper. They used Post It glue sticks to position the house on black paper, then sponged over and around the house with white, turquoise, and violet tempera. The windows and moon were stamped on with pieces of sponge dipped in white tempera. Filmy ghosts were created by smudging white chalk inside a ghost cut out. Details were added with a tiny brush and black tempera.
Fourth graders painted these amazing landscapes with a limited palette of magenta, turquoise, white, and yellow acrylics. A touch of phthalo green was allowed. The tiny canvases, easels, and brushes inspired their best effort!