Textured Animals in Grade One

Next time you talk about lines and texture with your students, why not try this fun lesson that everyone will enjoy!  I found this idea over at the Dick Blick Art site where they have a great selection of lesson plans for each grade level. I changed it a bit so click here if you would like to see the original lesson.

We started by talking about lines and the different lines around us in the environment. We went on a line hunt around the school and the students recorded all the lines they could see on some paper.

Back in the classroom, after a brief discussion about all the lines we saw, we then went on to brainstorm some favorite animals. Each child received a 12×18 piece of paper and drew an outline of their favorite animal or insect making sure they used up most of the paper space. I gave out thin markers and they each divided sections inside their animals and filled them up with all sorts of creative lines.

With the two oil pastel colors…gorgeous!

Next, the animals were  outlined  heavily with oil pastels in two colors just to make them stand out.

The final and exciting step was to paint the backgrounds with some wonderful metallic colored acrylic paints. The kids loved this part and it made the lines and texture on their beautiful animals and insects look amazing! 🙂

Wonderful, don’t you think?

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Giant Cardboard Self-Portrait Busts in Grade Four

I am the official cardboard recycling queen! I can’t throw away anything especially cardboard because of it’s sturdiness and versatility. Turn those big cardboard pieces you want to throw out into gorgeous self-portrait busts! After practicing and drawing their faces, … Continue reading

Back to School Art Lesson Ideas

Hi everyone! I just wanted to touch base with you all as you are now probably starting to think about back to school lesson ideas for the beginning of the new school year. As much as I am enjoying my well earned holidays, I can’t help but think a little about school and what am I going to do in my art room those first couple of weeks to get my students hooked and in love with art all over again. Is this happening to you I wonder?

As I start my thinking process, I would love to share this journey with you here at Art Lessons for Kids. All I know at this moment is that I will start my year off with a big discussion about individual art goals for the year and what it means to be an artist. I did this last year and the students really enjoyed it. Every student’s goal was put on a large underwater mural which stayed up all year long. You can read more about this here. This year the mural’s theme will be ‘Outer Space‘ which was a great idea my son gave me.  Who doesn’t love planets, stars, rockets, UFO’s, aliens and comets?

Another idea I have been tossing around is for my students to create artistic vision boards filled with their dreams, hopes, desires and goals they would like to achieve this new school year. This would tie in nicely with the unit on self portraits I love doing at the beginning of each year. What do you think? What are you planning to do?

In the meantime, you might want to check out some of the fabulous back to school lessons I have put together as downloadable PDF e-book tutorials. These are collections of my favorite and popular lessons which you can do at the beginning of the year or anytime really. Click HERE for more information.

Happy planning and more ideas soon to come!

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