Every year our school participates in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Show. The little girl above is one of my students who won "best of Show" for our district a few years ago. She painted the adorable cowgirl above and I got her the matching outfit so she could BE the cowgirl she created at the big awards ceremony! It was unforgettable! Each year we watch videos clips of the Rodeo events and read Texas and western themed books, and I let the students choose what they want to draw.
This year first graders chose Bull Riding. They splatter painted the mud and drew a crowd of spectators adorned in their Rodeo best!
students practiced the art elements of
Second grade chose armadillos. They had to create an interesting Texas themed background. Students practiced the art principles and elements of
foreground, middle ground, and background
and texture on the armadillo
Third, Fourth and Fifth was a mixture of cows, bulls, and dogs.
The classes that chose dogs, sketched dogs from dog books for several weeks. They decided what they wanted for their background and created a country western composition including a dog. They were all so creative and different.
The painting above was created by a very special 5th grader. He is an amazing artist!! The composition was created entirely out of his head! He used acrylic on poster board. He actually changed the color of the dog about five times!!
And now the cows. I wish I had photos of more of them. I had some blue cows and green cows that looked awesome! They all have such unique adorable personalities