These clay frogs began as a pinch pot. While the pot was setting up, students rolled coils for the legs and tongue. The longer back legs were formed into the letter “s”. The tongue was slightly flattened. Students scored and applied slip to attach the legs and tongue. The little feet were gently flattened, then toes were pressed in with a toothpick. The eyes were small balls of clay stamped with a small marker cap.
Students painted a base coat of tempera on their frogs. After carefully touching up any unpainted specks, they added stripes or spots. Small sponge dabbers and q tips worked well for the spots. A final coat of tempera varnish sealed each piece.
First graders carefully observed the parts of a dragonfly as we drew it together step by step. Large, medium and small flowers were added to create a garden. A thick application of crayon resisted the watercolor sky.
Navajo silver and turquoise jewelry inspired these first grade necklaces. We looked at Navajo jewelry to determine the lines and shapes arranged in a radial design. The pendants were formed by rolling a ball of clay and flattening it into a plump “slider.” The slider was rolled like a wheel to smooth the sides. The hole was punched with a straw. Designs were pressed in using toothpicks, sticks, and paper clips. When dry, the piece was painted with black acrylic paint. Silver acrylic paint was dabbed onto the top. A pattern of silver and turquoise pony beads finished the necklace.
Ancient Egyptian mummies were the focus of our third grade art history unit. Students watched a Reading Rainbow, Mummies Made in Egypt, to learn about mummification. They used a template for the main shape of a Pharoah or Queen, then drew their own face, head piece, collar and bands. Bold Crayola markers were used to color bands across the mummies. Egyptian motifs were added with gold paint pens. Students were instructed to vary their patterns in terms of size, shape and amount of gold.
First graders were introduced to the art of ancient Egypt. They learned about pyramids and mummies. They learned that William, the cute blue hippo found in a tomb, was actually feared by ancient Egyptians. Hippos would hide in the Nile, then flip unsuspecting boats that came near. They also came on shore and trampled precious crops. William was found with his legs broken to prevent him from doing harm in the afterlife. Students drew a hippo by combining large, simple shapes for the body, head, and legs. They drew on the back. As they cut, they remembered to STOP when a line bumped into another line so no parts were cut off. They drew the details with a Sharpie on the clean side. A cut paper border of Egyptian colors was inspired by Egyptian artwork.
Third graders critiqued the work of Henry Moore, noting the organic positive and negative shapes. of his sculptures. They used oil clay to work out their idea of a flowing organic shape that seems to grow. An interesting negative shape was started with a milkshake straw. White clay was used for the final sculpture. A coat of black acrylic paint was allowed to dry, then metallic acrylic paint was sponged on. Students turned their sculptures to determine the most interesting view. The sculptures were glued on to a scrap of wood that had been painted black.
This project was inspired by the Alum Creek site on Artsonia.