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Thursday, April 15, 2010

BIG BIG CATS!!



Do you ever feel like you could write a book of facts on a particular subject after teaching something over and over to group after group! Ask me about Big Cats!! "Why don't you look at the book when you read it, Mrs. Waggenspack" they ask. I guess its because I've read it four billion times!
So we are painting Big Cats on Big paper. Students have lots of pictures to look at. I show them how to draw a basic big cat face, then we look at the special markings on different cats.
All students are required to draw the iris, pupil, and reflection of light on any face we draw. We focused on using a dry brush for texture/fur, creating value by blending colors from light to dark, and using our watercolor knowledge for the background. We used tempra on the cat and watercolor and oil pastels on the background.


Some kids added interesting details like a fresh kill






First the students outline their drawings with a dark brown or dark orange.







Then they add light colors (yellow, white, light orange) to blend the edges from dark to light










We used my favorite super bright liquid watercolors from sargent to paint the background. I also let them use gold tempra in the grass and I put gold glitter paint in the orange paint to add a subtle sparkle to the cats! Kids LOVE anything that sparkles!!




I will post more cats as more groups finish them.






13 comments:

  1. These are phenomenal! What grade did you do them with?

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  2. Those paintings are gorgeous! My 4th graders study Africa and these big cat paintings will fit in perfect with their unit. I was looking for a great project to end the year and I can tell the students will be super excited for this one!

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  3. Thank you for the sweet compliments! I did a variation of the lesson with second through fifth which was why I said I could write a book and I never do projects two years in a row!. They were all successful and loved it. I am glad you could use it in your Africa Unit. I will post more pics next week and a step by step of the drawing

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  4. AMAZING!! I too usually don't have to look at the book to read it! It helps with classroom management...

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  5. Thanks so much for your post. I tried a version of this with my kinders and the results were super fantastic. They loved it. I loved it. We all love it. I will post their work on my blog next week and credit your lesson. Thanks again.

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  7. these are very beautiful! i love them!
    http://funart4kids.blogspot.com/

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  8. The "Big Cats" are great. What type of paper did you use with this project?

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  9. Love this project! I have a wild about Art Theme this year and this project will be perfect!! Do you mix some of the colors yourself before the students use them?
    Oh please check out my blog! www.ms-artteacher.blogspot.com

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  10. Wow! The way you photograph all the artwork and the students working is so impressive. Do you have great natural light in your room, a great flash or are you a photo major? I can't get over these pictures. The art is fabulous too:)

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  11. What book do you read to go along with this cat project?

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