After 4 weeks of basic procedures, practicing cutting, gluing, writing with a pencil, my kinders finally got to paint! They have been begging me to paint since the moment they walked into the art room. Many art teachers don't even touch paint till after X mas with the little guys.
I don't agree with that theory.
The moment I pulled the paint out, went over all the rules, the room was SILENT! Paint has such a calming effect for them.
More to come on what their projects turned into....
I have started this project with my 5th graders for the last 8 years of teaching! They have to make 10 intersecting lines but none of them can overlap (go through) the center line. They had to make their names in the center line, all capital letters that had to touch from the top to the bottom. You'd be amazed at how many I had to correct because they were filling in lowercase letters or their capital letters didn't touch the top and bottom line!
I read the story "Clever Crow" to my first graders (since we are moving into fall) and the kids loved it! It's about a crow that loves to "steal" shiny things! This was a fun lesson because the kids have so many different mediums in their art! (Painting, construction paper, crayons, a 3D nest with objects)
I showed the movie trailer ( which is a minute and 30 seconds long via youtube) of Herbie Fully Loaded. The kids had NO IDEA what they were going to make. I then began a discussion on what a VW bug was? What does VW stand for?
They got to create their own "Herbie" and the only catch was I made them design EVERYTHING out of scrap paper. It wasn't till the very end I let some add some small details with construction paper crayons! I wish I had taken more pictures of their adorable cars! I forgot!
These owls were a real "Hoot" with my second graders. It was their first project using "recycled" paper. I had a dictionary from the 1980s donated to me and I put the pages to good use!
I let students look at several variations of owls and they got to pick which one they wanted to draw from the sheet (add their own "spin" on their own art work of course)
They sharpied, then used markers to color their owls. The second time they came to art, we talked about what a "Frame" or border was. Students created 2 frames around their owls.