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.
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Third graders created brilliant tissue paper banners as part of their study of Mexican art. A rainbow of authentic Mexican papel picados was strung above the chalkboard. We noted the variety of shapes that pierced each piece. Students folded a large sheet of tissue 4 times, and then cut interesting shapes from the sides, bottom, and along the folds.
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.
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.
The blizzard of the century inspired these snowy scenes. Third graders spent time drawing local wildlife which were then incorporated into a landscape. Students included textured pine trees and a foreground, middle ground and background. The drawings were taped to styrofoam printing plates. Lines were traced with a blunt pencil. Printing with brayers and printing ink was a new experience for the students.
Second and third graders created these wonderful winter sculptures in 2 classes. The tree was formed from a paper lunch bag. Five parallel slits were cut from the opening of the bag to its midpoint. The bag was carefully opened. The trunk was formed by twisting the bag from the bottom up to the slits. Several strips were held together and twisted to form each branch. After gluing the tree to a base, fluffy fiberfil was used for snow.
Students created the animals from small bits of Model Magic. I demonstrated how to model a simple animal and bird and provided photos of skunks, dogs, bunnies, etc. Each table had an egg carton with bits of colored Model Magic. Students were encouraged to add interesting details to their animals. A bottle cap of tacky glue was provided, along with toothpicks for scooping up tiny dabs of glue.
Sprinkling snow glitter on the snow, or dabbing glitter glaze on the branches, adds a sparkling touch if time allows.