|Teaching creative thinking and problem solving.||
This was a big project. We started out by creating our planet paper. I walked around the room with a water spray bottle, spraying the students' papers. When their papers were wet, the kids could add areas of color to their paper, careful not to make a muddy mess. When their papers were covered with paint, we placed plastic or cellophane on top and then let it dry. The plastic gives the paper a nice texture. At the next class, we cut out different sized circles from our planet paper. We used black oil pastel to make shadows on our planets (making sure to keep the shadows all on the same side). To blend the shadow we smeared the edges with our fingers. We used the scraps to form land, and added some oil pastel ridges. The background paper was just splatter painted with white paint.
These string paintings were used for the covers of the students' sketchbooks. Simply fold a piece of paper in half, like a book, make a crease and reopen. Then take a string covered in paint (I have pieces of string in cups of paint) and lay it on one half of the piece of paper. Leave one tail of the string hanging off of the paper. Fold the other side on top of the string. Hold the paper closed with one hand and pull the string out with the other hand. When you pull on the string it creates a smeared line or pattern.
Students learned about drawing things in perspective, to make the scene look more realistic. We divided our papers into thirds. The hills or mountains that were far away were drawn small in the back third, toward the top of the paper. The activity they were doing was drawn in the middle section, and drawn at a medium size. The trees were drawn in the front section and were drawn very big.
Students learn about three dimensional art. We break a daunting task into small attainable steps. The students use guides to help them cut out six separate triangles, and then use pattern recognition skills to alternate rolling of the pieces to create this symmetrical snowflake. They absolutely LOVE the project!
Students learned about aerial perspective. We first, very lightly, drew a couple of landlines and hills. Then using blue watercolor and a brush we painted trees. The trees are just made by painting a series of connected "Y's". The trees far away are going to be small, and are not going to have very much paint on them...they will be light blue. The trees in the middle will be a little bit bigger, and will also be a little bit darker than the trees behind them. The trees in the very front are LARGE and may even go off of the paper. These trees will be the colored the darkest of them all.
Students followed specific instructions to make this 3-D owls. I got a template from a website and made a few modifications. I'll post the pattern in the near future. There was a huge emphasis of following directions and steps in this project. Mastering the skill of sequencing was very important as well as using precise cutting and gluing skills.
I copied a grid onto drawing paper. Then the students traced a template of a fall object onto their paper. I had created apple, pear, gourd, pumpkin and acorn templates. Students then choose three line patterns that they could fill their small squares with. At this point DO NOT fill any part of a square that is inside of the fall object. Leave some squares white, and color some in solid. When the background is finished, begin doing the same inside the fall object. Make sure that you use a different pattern on the inside than the outside if the fall shape is splitting a square. Outline the shape a couple times with marker to make it stand out more.