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 #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

Art Photo 1

Living & Breathing

I am finally posting my first art photo on here. My schedule was so jammed that I never got the chance to... (such is life!) This charcoal drawing was completed a couple months ago and I am very happy with the outcome. My sister is now the proud owner :). Hopefully, I will be posting more of my art within the next week... Enjoy and please comment!

*I have watermarked this image, as I will be watermarking all of my art images. Please do not use this image, or any other images on this blog, without consulting me first. Thank you! :)*