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Archive for June, 2011

Arrowhead Necklaces Grade 4

I was given a collection of arrowheads found in the woods of upper Wisconsin.   I had almost enough for every fourth grader.  I supplemented the authentic arrowheads with hand-made ones from Oriental Trading Company so that each student could have one.

The arrowheads  tied in perfectly with our fourth grade study of Native American art.  The students wound thin wire around their arrowhead, leaving a long end to wrap around a length of suede.  They added a symmetrical pattern of wooden beads to finish the piece.

Wild Things by Grade 2

These wonderful creatures were inspired by the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.  Second graders combined animal parts to design their own Wild Thing.  They started with a large head near the top of the page.  A wide array of animal parts appeared in the classroom:  beaks, feathers, horns, teeth, ears, manes, wings, legs, tails, and more.  Patterns added interest to the bodies.   Students painted directly on the paper to keep the work spontaneous.  They were instructed to “dress up their mess up” and work unwanted lines into the painting.  The next class was spent coloring inside the shapes with craypas.  When done, the Wild Things were cut out and glued to a colored background.

Sand Dollars

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.

Fossil Necklaces Grade 2

This lesson was designed to integrate art into our second grade study of dinosaurs.   We looked at a power point of fossils and learned how they were formed.   The fossil necklaces were made by rolling a ball of Model Magic, then lightly flattening it.  The oval or roundish discs were pressed onto shells, ferns, etc.  A straw was used to poke a hole in the top.  When dry, students mixed watercolors to paint each piece.  Matt Mod Podge sealed each piece.  The cord is a piece of synthetic sinew, which is a waxed thread.  Wooden beads that repeated the paint colors were added for embellishment.

Under the Sea with K/1

After designing new beach towels, my youngest artists were eager to create an underwater scene.  They drew with Crayola markers on 9″ x 24″ paper.  We started with a flowing line of sand at the bottom, then added a long, flowing line for the water.  I demonstrated how to draw

seaweed and a crab.  Students referred to drawing books for pictures of jellyfish, turtles, shells, fish, etc.  Students were asked to fill the space with a variety of objects,  add interesting details, and use their best lines.  This idea came from another wonderful blog.  Please let me know if you are the author.

 

 

 

Beach Towels

We’re ready for summer fun!  K/1 artists used thick tempera paint to design colorful beach towels.  They used a variety of lines to create these bright designer towels.  Of course, everyone needed a  sand pail, shovel and beach ball for our day at the shore.