Thursday, September 28, 2017

Eric Carle's Grouchy Ladybugs

3 class periods

Eric Carle's Grouchy Ladybug, Kindergarten Art Lesson

I haven't done this project in a few years.  It may be due to the time it takes to cut and prep the paper for this project or it may be due to the mess created from painting with kindergarten students.  One thing is for sure though, these grumpy bugs sure are cute, and once again, I discovered it definitely is worth the mess and paper prepping.

The colors we painted for this project are red, red-orange, black, blue-black, green, yellow-green, light blue or light purple.  You can click my link from the first time I did this lesson to get further details about the artist and the steps.  The Grouchy Ladybug

To make it a bit easier for those of you who are new to the teaching world and would like to know a few more steps, I listed below the paper sizes I used for this lesson:

8 x 8 inch white tagboard (background)
3 x 8 inch green paper (grass)
6 x 6 inch red paper (ladybug's body)
2 x 8 inch black paper (spots)
3 x 3 inch black paper (head and legs)
3 x 3 inch light purple paper (eyes and antennas)

Happy Ladybug Making!

Examples from this school year:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Masks 2017

Here are some wonderful examples of fourth grade masks from this school year.  To learn more about the process check out my step by step directions on Rigid Wrap Masks.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Eau Claire Marathon 2017

May 7, 2017

Today I tackled my first marathon relay with 4 amazing teammates.  We all did better than we could imagine with our overall finishing time of 3 hours 50 minutes and 11 seconds.  Out of 89 female teams we came in 10th!
Team:  Keep'n It Fancy.

This was an exciting experience that provided us with a sense of adventure, comradery, accomplishment and pride.  I look forward to tackling this race again!

Me in action.  I ran the first leg of the race.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Keith Haring Clay Tiles

First Grade
3 Class Periods
Keith Haring Clay Tiles, First Grade Art Lesson

About The Artist:
Artist Keith Haring.

Keith Haring was born May 4, 1958.  He is considered a Pop Artist or Graffiti Artist.  Keith drew as a child and was inspired by his father's cartoon drawings.  By the age of 19, Haring had his first public art show.  Keith's artwork is know for it's bold outlines, dynamic color and cartoon style.  Fame and fortune came early in Keith's career.  In 1988 he was diagnosed with AIDS.  He spent the rest of his career raising awareness for the disease through his artwork.  He lost his battle with the disease in 1990.  He was only 32 years old.
Radiant Baby by Keith Haring.

Day 1:
Students were each handed a 5x5 inch slab of clay pre-cut into a square shape.  (If time allows or if you plan on doing this with older students you could have them roll out the slab and cut it out themselves.  Due to the length of my class period and the age level, I thought it best to have these ready for the students when they came in.  Students used a needle tool to write their name and class code on the back.

Students were then given a small amount of clay which they rolled into a small ball.  They gently flattened it with their thumb to create the head.  Students were given a demonstration on how to slip and score the head piece to the square slab.

Next students were given a rectangle shape.  Students spliced the rectangle from the center down to form two legs.  This was then attached to the square slab under the head through slip and score technique.
Slip and scoring body and legs on to slab.

The arms were created next.  A small rectangle piece of clay was handed out to each student.  Students were shown how to cut the piece in half and and attach it to form two arms.
Attaching arms.

As a finishing step on this day, students used clay tools to incorporate designs and patterns around the figure.  Two holes were poked through the top for the hanger, that will would be built on day 3.
Adding designs around figure.

Day 2:

Glazing tips and guidelines were provided to the students.  They spent the class period glazing their clay tiles.  The only rule was the figure had to be glazed in one color only to represent the style of Keith Haring's figure paintings.

Day 3:
Students were shown how to twist one end of a  pipe cleaner through one of the holes in their clay tile.  Beads were strung on the pipe cleaner and the remaining end of the pipe cleaner was pulled through the second hole and twisted to stay in place.
Beading the pipe cleaner.

Student Examples:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Little Red Snow Bird

2 Class Periods
Little Red Snow Bird, Kindergarten Art Lesson

Day 1:
On the first day of this lesson we prepped our paper to make it look like sky.  We started by picking out a piece of 12 x 18 inch construction paper.  Students were given choices of various blues and some gray hues.  Once a color was selected each child wrote their name on the back of their paper.  This may seem like a common sense step, but definitely worth mentioning especially if you are working with kindergarten students.

Using a pencil, we planned out where our little bird would be sitting on the branch.  I allowed students to use two circle templates for help (a poker chip and a Pringles lid make great circle templates).  Students drew a little triangle shape near the bottom of the larger circle to represent the tail of the bird.

Next each student was given a piece of chalk pastel in a blue or purple hue.  I demonstrated how to rub the pastel using the side of it versus the tip.  We then took a tissue to smear the color from the top to the bottom of the paper.  Students then washed and dried their hands.

Once returning to the table we took a brown oil pastel to create the tree branch.  My students have worked with both chalk and oil pastels before, but if you have a class with very little experience in these mediums you may want to give them a basic lesson on the difference between the two products.

The most important thing when making the tree branch is to make sure that it looks like the bird is sitting on the branch and that the branch is not going through the bird's body.

The final, step for this class period is to make the little bird red.  We used red tempera cakes for this step.  I demonstrated to students how to create a nice rich opaque color by using more paint and a little less water on when they painted.

Day 2:
During this class, we reviewed the steps from the previous class period before beginning with the next steps.

We discussed how the little bird was looking up into the sky.  I demonstrated to students where to place the eyes and the beak (near the top of the head).  The eyes were added on with a black sharpie marker and the beak was added on with an orange oil pastel.

Our last step for this lesson was to paint the snow.  We used a cotton ball and white liquid tempera to create the snowflakes.  When the paint was still wet we added a sprinkle of white glitter to give it a hint of sparkle.

Student painting snowflakes with a cotton ball.

Student Examples: