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First Grade Art Hands

I just love this lesson inspired by Cassie Stephens.  This project is one of my favorites to teach about texture, stamping, composition, and skin color, diversity, and love.

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This year’s batch of first graders really knocked it out of the park!

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Hearts and Hands

This project is the cutest ever! Kindergartners did a great job learning about texture and symmetry with these sweet collages.

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On the first week, we talked all about texture. I gave kinders texture challenges and they got to explore the textures of the art room. I would tell them “go find a texture that is smooth” and they scurried around the room to find a smooth surface. The best one was “find a texture that is hairy.” They all looked around bewildered until inevitably one kid would touch the top of their head and shout “I’m hairy!!” The kiddos used texture rubbing mats and watercolor paints to create a background.

The next time we met, we talked about stamping. I set up centers on the tables and stood at a table in the middle for the hand-print center.

 

I had a table for blocks, a table for fake clay, a table for magnifying glass, Legos, and books. The kids rotated around the room and got to enjoy each center.

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At the hand print center, kids wrote their name on the back of a paper and got to choose a color from the tempera cakes for me to paint on their hands. Then they went SPLAT onto the paper to create hand prints!

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They wiped their hands off and put their prints onto the drying rack.

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The third week, we put it all together. I showed kinders how to draw a “bubble” around their prints to make it easier to cut.

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We talked about symmetry and named different shapes and animals that are symmetrical. Each student chose a colorful square paper that they folded in half and drew a curved line on. When they cut it out they were amazed to see a symmetrical heart! The last step was to glue the hands and hearts to the texture background.

How sweet are these?! They are going to be perfect for the art show ❤


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Hot Dogs and Cool Cats

I am absolutely thrilled with how these warm and cool color pets went down in first grade. The kiddos were so excited about this project and both the process and product are super fun!

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On the first day we talked about warm and cool colors and how to use shapes to draw a cat and dog. Students created a guide for the colors in their sketchbooks.

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Then they used This Handout from Teachers Pay Teachers to look at the different shapes that make a cat or dog. I really likes using these handouts as a guideline because it gave the kids a lot of choice and voice for how they wanted their animal to look.

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The next week, each student picked if they wanted to do a cat or a dog. They drew their animal BIG on a piece of paper and traced over the lines with sharpie. Then, they decided upon a warm or cool color scheme to paint with water colors.

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The third week was used to put it all together. Students had to choose a piece of construction paper that is the opposite of their color scheme. They used crayons and texture mats to create texture in the background.

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So I feel like every single art teacher in the world has a big ol’ book of wallpaper samples or patterned scrapbook paper tucked away somewhere in their classroom. And I really wanted these to have some more visual pop so we used those decades-old wall paper samples as a rug/bed for the cats and dogs. The kids absolutely loved being able to choose a patterned paper to cut into an oval. They cut out their animal and glued it down.

Hot diggity dog first graders! These cats and dogs are really cool!

❤ Ms. K


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Psychedelic Succulent Still Life Paintings

The idea and resources for this lesson came from Art With Mrs. Nguyen! When I first saw her blog post about this lesson I was so inspired that I made one myself with gouache and watercolors!

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I cannot emphasize enough how awesome this project is. It was a great way to kick off the school year with 5th graders because it gave them so many choices and opportunities to be expressive with colors, patterns, and composition. This one really involved a lot of choice and voice! We started off on the first day with a PowerPoint and handouts with examples of different succulents — both can be found in Mrs. Nguyen’s incredible TpT store!

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Students were encouraged to add visual texture to their succulents for detail and use expressive lines and shapes to create a pattern on their pot. They added 2 horizontal lines for a table or the ground. The final draft was on 9×12 paper and all the lines were of course traced with sharpies. 5th graders could paint the background however they wanted using watercolors. They used colored pencils to color in their cacti. I showed them how to create gradients using analogous colors and they did not have to make their plants realistic. Many kids chose vibrant rainbow colors or used color schemes for their favorite sports teams to give their artwork a personal twist.

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To get the table to look like realistic wood, we drew from observation by looking at the wooden tables in the art room. I also did a demonstration of how to make a galaxy design with watercolors and a few kids used salt to create lovely texture!

 

Awesome job 5th graders!!

❤ Ms. K


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Ceramic Owls

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This past summer in clay camp we did an adorable owl project and I was so excited to try it out with 2nd graders this year! We began by rolling a slab and adding texture.

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The next week, students folded their slab and pinched owl ears. They used extra clay to add details like a beak, eyes, and wings.

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We finished by glazing with shiny, bright colors. 2nd graders are so excited to take their amazing creations home!

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Winter Collagraph Cards

The inspiration for this project comes from Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists! I loved the idea of using materials to create a wintery landscape for 3rd grade collagraphs.

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We started off by brainstorming different animals/objects/scenes we could show for a winter wonderland. Students used a variety of textured materials to create their printing plate. They drew their design in pencil first then cut and glued shapes.

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Each student was responsible for creating a printing plate, at least one card, and at least on flat print.

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So while some kiddos printed at the back table, others wrote cards.

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Students could choose anybody to write their greeting card to. they had to include a greeting, 5 sentences, and a closing. I have written before about how much I adore children’s writing especially when it is open ended and this project was no exception to the absolute cuteness kids can create.

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I have also written before about how much I despise printmaking. Not because of the mess but because it just never turns out that great. Also it is 2016 and there are 3d printers so why in the world are we teaching something as archaic as handmade 2d printing? Anyway. . . this project changed my mind a little bit because the prints came out beautiful.

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One particular class was super into the idea of penguins so there were many penguin themed prints!

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I really love how these turned out but hope that the weather continues to be in the 50s-70s. NO THANK YOU SNOW (stay up north where you belong).

 


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Ladybug Picnic

This lesson was inspired by this post from Art With Ms Gram!

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On the first day we watched this little tune:

Kinders drew a wavy line and used a texture mat and crayons to make “dirt” They painted over it with brown liquid water-color. Then, they used white oil pastels to draw clouds in the sky and painted over those with blue liquid water-color. This landscape composition became the background.

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The next day, we used yellow, blue, and green tempera paint and forks to create textured green paper for the stems and leaves.

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Next we cut out and glued the stems and leaves. Red construction paper and sharpies were used to make the ladybugs. We also read this book:

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This was a great project to end the year with 🙂

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Starry Night Landscapes

 

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I was so inspired by this lesson from Cassie Stevens for 4th grade’s first project. We began by looking at and talking about Starry Night. We played the art crit game I See, I Think, I Wonder to talk about the artwork. Students got a kick out of these videos:

We began with a background of blue/purple/black tempera paint. Students used the tips of their paintbrushes to create the directional lines and texture from Starry Night.

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We also created painted paper using intermediate colors (and some tints and shades) and paint scrapers for texture.

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The painted papers were cut up and used to create the ground and woven houses.

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The results are stunning, what a great way to kick off the year!

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Las Guitarras de Paracho

When I saw THIS LESSON at artwithmsgram.com I knew it would be perfect for my 5th graders. Most of my students at my home school are Hispanic and many of them have relatives or are from Mexico. The real world connection made this lesson so successful! We began by talking about the town of Paracho, Mexico. We watched a few clips from this documentary and looked at pictures of the town to get some context.

Next, we reviewed intermediate colors and created painted paper with texture.

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The 12×18 pieces were cut in half so students could mix and match and trade colors and textures.

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I brought in my guitar and managed to stumble through Ode to Joy in an attempt to impress my 5th graders. #epicfail They were polite enough to clap haphazardly.

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They used templates to cut out the shapes of their guitars. . .

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And assembled everything onto black construction paper.

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Strings of yarn were added as well as details with oil pastels.

 

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Rock On!