Third and fourth graders created minion selfies. They worked on 9 x 12 sulphite, drew with pencil, and then added color with the medium of their choice (oil pastels, crayons, colored pencils, markers, or watercolors). This was a very fun project, and only took two class periods. (the first class period was used for practicing and brainstorming).
After learning about Joan Miro and viewing some of his works, first and second graders created these fun watercolor designs imitating his style. Students created (or traced from a handout) Miro type designs on a large coffee filter with black sharpies. Second step was to paint over these designs with watercolors (no brown or black). After drying, these designs were gently glued onto a paper plate with glue sticks. Black sharpies were used to color the edge of the plate to provide a “frame”. This was quick and fun, a project where everyone succeeds!
First and second graders created these watercolor seahorses. First, they water colored a 9 x 12 white sulphite paper with bright colors. After drying, a seahorse template was traced on the back, and cut out. This was adhered to the back ground paper, which was another white sulphite paper with green and blue watercolor wavy lines painted on it. Oil pastels and sequins were used for the final embellishments. And let’s not forget the eye! This project was done after reading Eric Carle’s book Mister Seahorse.
First and second graders created these trees. First, they decorated a 9 x 12 white sulphite paper with line designs in oil pastels. All colors were allowed. A green watercolor wash was painted over the entire design. After these dried, students traced a Christmas tree pattern on the back, and cut it out. Next, students drew a wavy line across a 9 x 6 white paper, and cut on the line. This paper represented snow on the ground, and was glued on to the bottom of a blue 9 x 12 background paper. The cut out tree was then glued on this, as well as a brown construction paper trunk. Some students added ornaments to the tree with scrap
s of colored paper. Lastly, snow was added with white tempera and Q tips.
Third and fourth graders drew Indian corn with pencil, then outlined this drawing with a fine point black Sharpie. Oil pastels were then used to create the colorful kernels, as well as adding some color to the husk. Lastly, a yellow or brown watercolor wash was painted over
the corn. If time permitted, students also painted the negative background space with their choice of color.
First and second graders created these festive pieces. Step one was students folded a 9 x 12 white sulphite paper into four equal sized rectangles. Three sections were painted with tempera: one red, one blue, and one violet. The remaining section was for writing their name. After drying, students traced a circle onto the back of each painted section, and cut these (bulbs) out. Next, on 12 x 18 black paper, students used oil pastels to draw at least three pine branches. The bulbs were placed on the desired area and adhered with glue. Students again used oil pastels to draw the hook attachments for the bulbs, as well as hi-lighting each bulb with a small amount of white.
Some drew stars in the negative space. Lastly, a little glue and glitter added the final touch.
Fifth and sixth graders created these Zentangle pumpkins. First, we did a lesson on zentangling, and students practiced making at least ten different Zentangle designs with fine point black sharpies. Second, I gave them another lesson drawing pumpkins with sections, which they practiced also. They drew their best pumpkin on 9 x 12 watercolor paper, and then painted it with watercolors, mixing yellow and red. Once dry, they created different zentangle designs in each pumpkin section (including the stem) with the fine point black sharpies. These were cut out and adhered to black background paper using zots to help them pop off the page. Leaves were drawn and cut from green patterned paper, and the vines were created with rick rack. Leaves and vines were adhered with Elmers glue.