Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
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!!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Kinder and first have been learning about Texas, so naturally we painted bluebonnets. I wanted them to learn about making the colors go from dark to light (value) and used the watercolor paper for the bluebonnets. Some made a Texas flag for a background and these students made a sunset. We put peices of cardboard behind them to give them some 3D effect. We talked about foreground, background, horizon line, and value. Students that finished early, drew little bluebonnets in the background. The results were beautiful, and they were excited to take them home!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
This was a fun project I did with several different grade levels. They were all successful. Second through fifth all enjoyed it. We learned different concepts such as overlapping, value, and print making for the red stamp or “chop” to sign their artwork. We learned about Japanese art and wrote a symbol that means friendship since Koi fish are a symbol of friendship. Students explored a variety of different mediums such as watercolor, oil pastel, chalk pastel, and red ink for printing