Thank you Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists for the inspiration for this lesson!
I just finished hanging up these amazing 3rd grade paintings in the hallway — I know they will be a big hit displayed by the cafeteria 🙂
We began this project by viewing and discussing paintings by two contemporary female artists:
The painting on the left is by Japanese artist Miroco Machiko and the painting on the right is by Mexican artist Ana Victoriana Calderon. Students compared and contrasted the styles, composition, and media of these paintings and discussed what they thought about them.
Next, we looked at plastic fruits and veggies and drew from observation in sketchbooks.
Students could also use their memory to draw fruits and veggies that were not available in the classroom. After a sketch day, the next step was to draw the designs onto a big piece of paper. Then students traced over their lines with oil pastels. They painted the inside of their fruits and veggies with water colors from the palette. The background was created with black liquid watercolor and salt – that technique was a hit!
They kind of ended up looking like produce in space!
This was a super fun and successful project. Way to go 3rd graders!
❤ Ms. K