Art for 1st Graders - Class #5

What do kids love more than stuffed animals?  For this project, the students created a Stuffed Animal Still Life.  I found this project on The Incredible Art Department website, so please click the link for more information.  My 6-year-old students created a simplified version of this project, but I still love how they came out!  Instead of chalk, I let the students use pencil to draw their stuffed animal and then I had them color their drawings in with oil pastels, as instructed on the website.

I used this project in another class I taught and it was very successful.  I wish I had some pictures to show!  I'll have to look to see if I can find any examples.  Anyway, here is an example from the class I taught on August 12th.  Also, it can help to show some examples of Still Life paintings by famous artists for this project, too.  I chose Caravaggio.  Enjoy!

The stuffed penguin

The still life drawing of the stuffed penguin!

Art for 1st Graders - Class #3 & #4

I am so excited how this two-class project came out!  Quite a few months back, my Dad gave me some Styrofoam rectangles and I've been creating projects with them ever since.  I used them for a class I taught during the wintertime, where I had the students create their very own winter scenes.  They made snowballs, snowmen, gingerbread (you name it!) out of clay, which were then painted and glued to their Styrofoam "snow" rectangles.

Since it's summer, I thought why not have them make a beach scene?  Kids love the beach and they love clay, so this was one easy project to sell.  We talked about shapes - geometric vs. organic.  I also introduced the students to Matisse and his famous Cut-Outs and how he created various shapes by cutting out bright colors of paper.  The students loved his work.  I love Matisse, too!

After showing them different types of shapes they may find at the beach, I had the students create 5 to 10 various shapes/objects out of Sculpey (oven-bake clay).  By the next class, I had baked their clay and it was time for them to paint!  I had the students first paint their styrofoam rectangles with blue and orange tempera paint (complimentary colors).  I added sand to their orange paint to give it a realistic texture and after the blue paint was dried, I had the students paint over it with glitter glue.  After this it was time for them to paint their clay.  I let them run wild with this, suggesting some colors they may want to use.

After the tempera paint had dried, we glued down the figures to their "beach" with Tacky glue.

Check out this awesome beach scene one of the students created!:

Art for 1st Graders - Class #2

For Class #2 we did some silhouette water paintings!  I've seen variations of this project before and I also got the idea from a project I did in 1st or 2nd grade (I bet my mom still has it!).  We cut silhouette cacti out of black paper and pasted them on a watercolor sky we had painted earlier that day. The watercolor sky was done in various colors, but for this project I wanted the students to focus on their warm and cool colors.

Since I wanted the background to represent a sky, I had the students pick something they see in nature.  Something I like to do is encourage my students to choose different objects to draw or paint or make.  It gets them to express who they are.  It's wonderful what they come up with!  I also showed the children some silhouette photography and painting examples to help them get a good idea what I was looking for.

After the students decided on their silhouette, I had them draw out their object of choice on a sheet of water color (WC) paper.  The students then traced and colored in their objects with black Sharpies.  It is VERY important a permanent black marker is used for this project.  A permanent marker will not bleed when the watercolors are later applied.

Then, using another sheet of WC paper, the students traced their first silhouette drawing with pencil and then colored the second drawing in with black marker.  Since I do not have access to a light box, I had them take their drawings to the sliding glass door, using the sun as their light source in order to trace their pictures :).

After the silhouettes were all drawn, I took out the color wheel.  Going over the primary and secondary colors (and tertiary colors!), I let the students decide (with some help) which colors are warm and which are cool.

Starting them off with the warm colors - red, yellow and orange - I had them wet their WC paper with some water and, starting with yellow, had them paint upward strokes a third of the way up from the bottom of the paper.  The same was done another third up from the yellow with the orange and then the red, as well as for the cool colors on the second piece of WC paper - green, blue, then purple.  Have them paint a second layer if needed.

After some drying, we mounted the pictures on to black construction paper, which were then mounted on large sheets of white paper so we could compare the difference between our warm and cool watercolor silhouettes! :)


***If you like this idea, I suggest going to a wonderful blog called Art Projects for Kids for another warm and cool color project :)***

Art for 1st Graders - Class #1

On July 15th I started an art class that I call Art for 1st Graders. These soon-to-be 1st Graders are doing a fantastic job! I am so proud of them.

Here are some photos of their work from our first class, which was all about line:

Jacqueline, Age 6

I found this art project over at Deep Space Sparkle a few months back.  The first time I used this project was around Valentine's Day when I was teaching classes at an art business.  It was such a successful hit that I had to do it again!  Originally, I had the students draw a heart instead of a turtle.  For this class we drew fish to celebrate the summer months.  Enjoy!

Jason, Age 6

Connor, Age 6