May 13, 2013
I think these grade one cat collages are totally adorable. The inspiration was this greeting card image (left) from etsy store 'Glad Dog by LizzyClara' found via Pinterest. I showed this image to my students and we discussed how to draw and cut all the shapes from coloured paper. This was a fun activity which taught students to plan ahead and allowed them to be expressive whilst still following a set task.
May 6, 2013
Around Valentine's Day I had my grade two students make origami hearts from some small colourful watercolours they did the week before. Here is the link to some instructions for making a heart. Pretty simple to do and something different to do any time to transform paintings.
Apr 29, 2013
These still life collages were created by grade 3 and 4 students. They are inspired by the absolutely beautiful cut paper still lives at Mrs Crosbie. I asked my students to paint three pieces of paper to match the colour, tone and pattern of each of the secondary coloured items in the still life I set up (see left). Students were given only primary coloured paints and white and needed to mix the colours themselves. Once dry, students drew and cut out the bowl and oranges and glued them to the mauve tablecloth paper which was torn to attempt to capture the movement in the fabric.
Chalk pastels were used to draw back into the collages to add shadow and detail. Whilst their observational drawing skills need work, these collages are quite charming and a great way for them to experiment with colour mixing.
Apr 17, 2013
This lesson was inspired by these wonderful collages at 'Poppy Cat News'. It is a similar lesson to this one I did a few years back. This time I just had my grade ones draw a tree, beginning with a giant letter Y shape and adding more branches from there. These were painted black before adding torn tissue paper pieces in warm colours for the leaves. We also added some green for grass or bushes. I wish we had also added blue pieces for the sky also to add more cool colours.