Three years ago, I found this collage project on Pinterest. Since then, I have seen so many variations of it online. I am not quite sure who to credit this lesson to, but I love it. Kindergartners used strips of colorful paper to "build" a triangle for their tree. Every project looks great. :)
First graders created their own still life paintings of a bowl of fruit. They practiced drawing from real life, creating space with overlapping, and mixing colors by double loading their paint brushes. This was a challenging project, so they should all be very proud of themselves!
Second graders welcomed this holiday season and created Pop Art at the same time. We looked at a slideshow of comic book - inspired art by Roy Lichtenstein. Then, students created collages that incorporated one of their favorite words commonly used around the holidays. This was a VERY messy project, but the results that are hanging in the display case totally justified it. Merry Christmas!
As a kid, my favorite art projects were clay ones. Making things out of clay is physically engaging, therapeutic, and just fun! Mrs. Ambrosini and I share a passion for teaching ceramic lessons, and are hoping to use fundraising money to buy a kiln for Wilson Creek in the next few years. Having to transport the projects to Anna Mac's kiln poses many problems, so we generally stick to air dry clay for WiIson Creek.
For these botanical impressions, students patted out slabs of clay and pressed plants on top. We then used watered down tempera to sponge color on top. I used Krylon to give it a sealer. I love the way they turned out. Such fine details really showed up nicely. :)
Third grade was introduced to the pencil transfer technique with this project. They drew a piece of candy 1 time and had to then transfer 4 times onto a larger sheet of paper. In the style of Andy Warhol, students then used neon tempera to add bright colors.
Fifth graders are wrapping up the soft sculpture project next week. They focused on symmetry and line details as they drew their giant fish. They then used Playcolor solid poster paint sticks to add color. If you haven't used this material, it works very much like a glue stick. After it is applied to paper, it takes about 5 minutes or less to completely dry. It is great for laying down bright, bold colors very cleanly. The soft sculptures will be hung from the ceiling next week. :)
I am a K - 5th grade art teacher at Wilson Creek Elementary and Anna McDonald School in Manhattan, IL. I am also a mother of two little girls (who share my love of art)!