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Polar Express

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This lesson focused on the artist as illustrator.  First graders were asked to illustrate the Polar Express as part of an integrated lesson.  They first looked at photos of the Polar Express and toy trains.  They identified simple shapes and how they were put together before drawing their own.  Students drew with jumbo white craypas.  They included an engine, cars, snow bank, pine trees, a moon and falling snow.  They had to take care not to smudge when adding color with craypas.

Third Grade Selfies

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Third graders spent several days drawing these amazing self portraits. Students looked in mirrors to study their features.  They practiced drawing each feature.  Students then drew a modified oval on copy paper.  They then marked the paper to place features in the correct position.  Students cut out their practice ovals and traced onto a variety of people colored construction paper.  They drew the features in Sharpie and added color with crayon.

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.

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.

Snow Play Grade 2

A winter wonderland of new snow inspired these playful drawings.  Students first brainstormed ideas for fun in the snow.  They started with a crayoned bank of freshly fallen snow.  Students then took turns posing for gesture drawings.  The figures were filled out to include warm winter clothing:  snowpants,  jackets, boots, hats, scarves and gloves

Hummingbird Gr.2

Second graders drew detailed hummingbirds with Sharpies.  They added a variety of flowers which they colored with crayons.  Borders were added with Sharpies and crayons.  Liquid watercolors completed the sky and borders.

Moths in Moonlight: 4th Grade Photograms

These  nighttime landscapes were part of a lesson on photograms and drawing.  Fourth graders worked from photos to draw detailed moths.  They used  Sharpies to trace their best drawing onto a transparency.  The transparency was arranged with weeds, ferns and grasses to create a landscape.  Stars were dots and dabs of Sharpie, and the moon was made from cut paper.  Students placed their compositions in the sun for 5 minutes, then submerged them in water.