Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Galaxy Unit Astronaut in Space Mixed Media Art Lesson

I taught this lesson to my 3rd grade students for their galaxy unit.  I borrowed the class photo and enlarged it on a color copier to get the faces for the spacesuits.  I used a 1 inch circle punch to cut out the faces before I taught the class.

There is a lot to do in this lesson so I pre cut the coffee filter circles to make the planets also.

You will need:
Coffee filters
Water Based markers
Spray bottle
White Tempra paint
Black and White paper
Glue sticks

I started out by showing them the project without anything glued down so that I could move things on and off my space background.  Showing them lots of possibilities.  Then I said we were going to make the planets and the space first so they could dry while we drew our astronauts step by step.

I brought in a large box to keep the white splatters from going everywhere.  They put their black paper in the box and then used a toothbrush dipped in white paint to make the stars.  I only needed one dip in the white paint to make all of my stars.  I used my index finger and brushed the bristles over the black paper to make the stars.  This is a quick activity.

I demonstrated both the stars and the planets, then divided the class in half and had them do the paint splatter stars or the marker planets.

The planets are made with coffee filters cut into circles.  I put these images of planets on the screen while they worked on theirs.  I told them they could make realistic planets or imaginary planets.

Color the planets with water based markers and then spray them with water from a spray bottle to blend the colors together and get a watercolor effect.  This is another quick activity - just suggesting shapes as they will all blend together.  
I had another station set up in the classroom with newspaper all over the table and 2 spray bottles.
They would spray their planet with a couple of sprays of water, put them on a dry newspaper and take them back to their table.

Once all of the students had their stars and planets at their table to dry we did a directed drawing of the astronauts.
I found the instructions for the astronauts on Pinterest:

We did the drawings step by step and the students did great - the biggest challenge for them was the boots, arms and gloves.
We started with a one inch circle that I had punched out of card stock which they traced to make a place for their photos later.

After they drew their astronaut I asked them to go over all their lines with a Sharpie and to color their astronaut any way they wanted.  They also needed to cut them out.  While they were finishing their astronaut I asked them to come and get their faces put on their astronaut.
I put these photos up on the screen while they finished their project.

They had access to more paper and pastels to add more objects or details to their composition.  We had already done Nebula so some of them chose to add those, some created black holes, others made a glowing sun or drew their moon.

It was a super busy project but the students were engaged the entire lesson and proud of their finished art!  I love what they came up with!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mixed Media Art Lesson Based on "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" and William Kamkwamba

Our Students are doing a unit on Global Inventors and coincidentally I watched the movie on Netflix about this young man.  At the age of 14 William figured out how to generate electricity bringing light and pumping water to his small starving village in Africa.  

I Love the illustrations in the book by Elizabeth Zunon - she used oil paint and paper collage.

Every year we do some Eric Carle projects and students create bright tempra painted paper with patterns for Eric Carle Collage.  This worked our perfect for this project, but you could use patterned scrapbook paper, tissue paper, wall paper, etc...

We read the book, watched a few short videos on You Tube about William and then got started.

9 X 12" White paper
Collage paper
Glue sticks
Oil Pastels
Colored Pencils

They were asked to create a pencil sketch with whatever parts of the story they wanted to illustrate.
I tried to show several things in mine - theirs were simpler.

Next add the collage paper in a few places before using the oil pastels.

Once you have your paper glued on begin adding the rest of the details.
I mentioned that the oil pastels can mix with other colors and also that smaller details should be done with the colored pencils or sharpies.

It was challenging for them to get their ideas on paper, but I think they did a great job!  They also enjoyed having choices of materials to use.

 The water is coming from the windmill - symbolically - What a great idea!
Some finished 3rd and 4th Grade Art:

A successful and fun mash up of the freedom to use unrealistic colors like Eric Carle and their Imagination and Symbolism inspired by William's story and Elizabeth Zunon's illustrations!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019 Brush Painting Art Lesson

A fun lesson using Chinese Brush Painting on Calligraphy Paper to celebrate 2019, The Chinese New Year of the Pig.

What I use:
Printer paper
Ink (or black watercolor) and brush
Banner Paper
Red Paper
Pencils and Eraser

Each year I do a Chinese New Year art lesson.  
I have my students practice drawing their animal on copy or printer paper until they get their animal the way the like it.

We always learn how to write the Chinese symbol for the animal as well.  Sometimes you can make the animal out of the symbol like this one.
The banner paper is super thin, like tissue so you can easily trace the favorite drawing of the animal lightly with pencil.  It also has a nice smooth texture which works well with the brush painting.
Once the animal is traced we put the banner paper drawing out of the way.  Now practice brush painting on printer paper and the sketch before painting on the banner paper.

We talk about how to "draw" with a brush and not worry about the thick and thin lines which aren't uniform.  The art should look like it was painted with a brush not drawn with a pencil or pen.  They need to practice how far will the ink last before they need to dip their brush again and also just to dip the tip of the brush, not the whole brush or it's too much ink.  They also practice how hard to push their brush on the paper and when to lift the brush .  They need to practice and get a feel for brush painting.  I used a very small pointy brush.

Once it is dry you can mount it on red paper to really make it Pop.

We talk about how Red is an important color to the Chinese people.

Red represents fire and is the most popular color in China. It is also the national color representing happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success and good fortune.

Red lanterns adorn businesses and residences. Double rows of red "Xi" (happiness) letters are pasted on gates and doors. People wear red during weddings, festivals and other celebratory events. Red envelopes are stuffed with money and given as gifts during Chinese New Year.

Have Fun and Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Donut Watercolor Valentine Art Lesson

I was looking for a fun and simple Valentine art lesson to do with my adults with disabilities.   I think they're going to really enjoy creating these donut cards.
You will need:
Watercolor paper
Colored pens
Watercolor paint and brushes
Mod Podge
Here is a link to my Cricut files:https://www.pinterest.com/pin/250935010473804990/

If you don't have a Cricut simply create your own patterns and have your students cut them out.
My students are unable to cut so I use my Cricut, if they could I would have them do the tracing and cutting.

There are so many fun Donut sayings for cards!

Here are the two shapes.

The icing is cut out of watercolor paper, the donut is card stock.

 I wet the entire shape with water and then began adding  liquid watercolor, this one is almost all water, very little pigment.  I wanted to try darker and lighter pinks.  I did put more pigment on the inside and outside to try and get a little depth.

Being a chocolate lover I had to do a chocolate one : )  There's really no right or wrong way to do this, I just like to get nice soft edges with my darks and lights by adding lots of water.

I'm going to give my students the choice between glitter or drawing sprinkles.  These are the pens and the glitter I used.  I painted a coating of mod podge on the dry icing and then sprinkled the glitter over it.
 I like the glitter effect of these markers, but any will work.  There are some nice metallic sharpies or even oil pastels would be nice.

 Glue the donut together and then onto the card and add your Donut Pun.

These are 5X7" cards when finished.
Student Examples:

Galaxy Unit Astronaut in Space Mixed Media Art Lesson

I taught this lesson to my 3rd grade students for their galaxy unit.  I borrowed the class photo and enlarged it on a color copier to ge...