This was one of my favorite classes to teach. The children loved it and the set up was so simple. We started with a short historical introduction about Vincent van Gogh's painting. This also taught the students that art pieces do not need to be realistic but rather can be abstract. These students were ages 7 and 10.
1. Oil pastels
2. Blending stump
4. Photograph of painting to use as a reference
This project was an underwater scenery outlined in colored pencil. We drew a variety of curved lines inside each object to give a mosaic style to the picture. After outlining we used watercolor to paint it.
1. 11in x 15in 300g watercolor paper
2. Dark colored pencils
3. Watercolor paint
This art piece challenged the students' patience. Patience is one skill that must be learned in order to produce beautiful art pieces. These students were between the ages of 7 to 10.
Mixed media art definitely has its place in the art world. The power of this art form is the emphasis on the process as well as the end result. I love the messiness and freedom that mixed media embodies.
Children love this art form because it incorporates diverse mediums in one art piece.
Here are mixed media flowers. These students are 7 year olds.
1. Collage paper
2. Gesso medium
3. Oil pastels
4. 3D flowers from craft store
5. Spray on acrylic paint
6. Tacky glue
I taught my first official private lesson on Saturday. This student is 7 years old and we worked on developing marking techniques using oil pastels. This was also a still life art piece. The lesson was held at La Colina Park. It is such a great experience to draw in the outdoors!
Types of markings used in this project:
All of these materials and types of marks were taught before the drawing began.
After the students practiced showing different color values on paper, we started on the sketch of the lovebirds. They used colored pencil and what they learned about value to give dimension to their lovebirds.
Here are some photos of the group art lesson I held today. The children first learned about the science of light and how it relates to art. Then they learned about value and did a value exercise.
This was a clay project to get the students excited about summer. This pushed their motor skills to the limits. This clay is air dry clay from Michaels. You must use a little bit of water while sculpting so it does get messy.
1. Air dry clay
2. Cup of water
4. Sharp pencil for engraved designs (or clay sculpting tools)
5. Tempura paint
I gave the students a ball of clay about the size of their palm.
They had to use their strength to flatten the clay out. This clay is rough so I had them stand to press down.
You must use a little water on your fingers to smooth the clay out. It is very messy.
After creating a flat rounded piece, pinch the edges to make the sun rays.
The students used a sharp pencil to engrave designs into the sun.
The clay is a dark brown color so we painted them white first.
Once the white paint dried, the students painted their suns with vibrant colors.
Children have such brilliance when it comes to perceiving the world around them. My first grade class sat around a table and observed how light behaved on two plants. Traditional pencil and still life techniques are priceless for the artistic mind and hand.
Red, white, and blue construction paper
This craft is simple for young children but still fun. This teaches them patience, color patterns, and counting. It is also a great way to teach them about the importance of Memorial Day.
1. Get each piece of construction paper and divide it into 6 equal parts horizontally with a ruler and pencil.
2. Draw one vertical line down the middle of each paper.
5. Link another blue strip to the first loop you made
3. Cut on the lines to get strips.
4. Start with the blue strips. Fold a blue strip and glue the ends.
6. Continue this process so that you have 3 blue and 5 red loops linked together.
7. Make another 8 loop link with 3 blue and 5 white loops.
8. Create an 8 loop link with 8 red loops.
9. Create an 8 loop link with 8 white loops.
10. Use the pipe cleaner to connect one side together.
These were done by my first graders, ages 6 to 7. This project was a great way to teach children the significance of Memorial Day. Not only does this challenge their artistic abilities but it also integrates history as well.
I used a photograph as a reference and guided them through the entire sketching process. Once the base sketch was finished we started watercolor painting.
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