Variations of this project have been floating around Pinterest/Instagram/Twitter for a while but I originally saw it on @MarshallElementaryArt on Instagram 🙂
3rd graders began by creating a bubble wrap print on yellow paper. They used magenta, turquoise, and yellow paint and mixed the colors to create a rainbow effect.
The next day, we watched the BrainPop about bees and talked all about these wonderful insects. Each student used a hexagon template to trace and cut their yellow paper. Students then practiced drawing bees in a step-by-step drawing lesson based on this:
They referred to their sketch to create 2 or 3 bees which they traced with sharpie and colored with Crayola Art Sticks. I love Art Sticks because they produce the same beautiful effect as colored pencils but without the fuss of sharpening!
The last two days were spent assembling everything together. Students used old plastic sleeves for the bees wings. They carefully cut and glued their bee bodies to the plastic wings and then glued each bee to their hexagon. This was a very labor-intensive process but the artwork turned out BEE-utiful! (The kids were absolutely sick of all of my bee puns after this project hehehe!)
With only a couple weeks left in the school year, these got sent straight home. Next year I hope to do this project a bit earlier so that they can BEE displayed in the school for all to enjoy 🙂
❤ Mrs. K