Friday, August 4, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
This is one of my all-time favourite projects to do with my Grade 4's. The results are always colourful and fun and the flamingos are so charming to look at.
We start the project by doing the background seascape first. On heavy white paper, they use either tempera cakes or watercolours to paint a simple three level seascape: sand, ocean and sky.
This takes one class.
Next class, I start off my showing a Youtube video about fun flamingo facts.
Then, using photo reference material. students each do one practice drawing of a flamingo.
Then, on heavy white paper, they draw their good copy, outline in Sharpie and paint it using tempera. I give them red and white to mix their own shade of pink as flamingos
come in varying colours of pink/coral.
Once dry, some students need to touch up their flamingos with Sharpie again. They choose a pink tail feather and have the option of using a sticker googly eye. I have virtually given up on using regular googly eyes as I have never found a glue to keep them on!! Any tips from art teachers out there?
Finally, they cut out their flamingo, glue stick it to their background paper and bring it to me so I can hot glue on their tail feather.
Some Grade 4 results:
Sunday, July 16, 2017
This is a wonderful end-of-year type project to keep the kids focused and working even when they're antsy for the summer. Simple materials as well: photocopy paper (cut into squares) and markers.
I found this lesson HERE on the blog Apples Loves Oranges. She gives excellent detailed instructions which my students followed.
Here are some Grade 5 results:
Friday, June 30, 2017
This is a project my mixed Grade 4- 6 class did for the run-up to Canada Day (July 1st) celebrations. They created these lovely Arctic watercolour landscapes incorporating an inuksuk. This lesson was inspired by the illustrations in the beautiful book "The Inuksuk Book" by Canadian author/illustrator Mary Wallace. The book is a fantastic source on the history of inuksuks. Many of my students are familiar with them as many hike in the nearby mountains and alot of travelers make mini inuksuks along the pathways for fun.
An inuksuk is a stone structure that can communicate knowledge essential for survival to an Arctic traveler. Inuksuit are found throughout the Arctic areas of Alaska, Arctic Canada, and Greenland.
Students started by drawing a landscape- I encouraged them to include a foreground, middle and background. They created a freehand border and included a small space at the bottom where they would later write their name in Inuktitut. The book offers a useful 'alphabet' of sort st the back of the book so the kids could write their own name. Once drawn, they outlined these in either black coloured pencil or Sharpie. They they painted them using watercolours: I gave them the choice of using the Prang watercolours in a pan, liquid ones or watercolour pencils. Some students also sprinkled salt onto the wet paintings to add some textural effects.
Grade 4 - 6 results