Fun with Self-Portraits II E-book Giveaway!

I love holidays because they give me a chance to do things! I have managed to put together some of the self-portrait lessons I have taught this year and compile them into a new e-book. To purchase a copy please click any of the images below.

One lucky reader will get one copy for free. To enter, leave a comment on this post by midnight next Thursday. Be sure to have a link to Art Lessons for Kids on your blog or website to be eligible. I will announce the winner next Friday. Good luck and Happy New Year! May 2010 be a year filled with many wonderful teaching moments.

Cover page of E-book

Sample page from 'Mosaic Self-Portraits' Lesson

Beautiful Mosques

Check out these gorgeous mosques my students made for Ramadan. The sunsets here are quite gorgeous so we decided that chalk pastels and watercolors would look great for the backgrounds.

This is a lesson you can adapt in many ways. Instead of a silhouette mosque how about a city skyline? trees? garden? dinosaurs? The possibilities are endless!

What do you think?

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These ones were done by my grade six boys. I wanted to review lines with them so they divided their mosque into sections and filled them up with interesting lines and dots. The mosques were cut out and pasted onto a watercolor sunset background the boys made.

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Oil Pastel Cats in Grade One

Get your oil pastels ready because this is a really great lesson you can adapt for any subject matter. The kids voted on cats but you can do dogs, fish, butterflies, etc.

We looked at several cat pictures and talked about what we liked about them. We discussed characteristics such as what they look like, colors, shape of the eyes,etc. It is so important to discuss all this prior to beginning a lesson because it sets the mood for the kids. If you can create a slide show with different kinds of cats then this is a bonus! Google images has plenty of pictures for kids to look at. Don’t forget to also show cats in art so they see how artists also liked to draw, paint, sculpt cats.

I gave out 12×18 white paper–because I believe kids need a lot of space to draw. All our cats were to be drawn in a sitting down position. You can do running cats, sleeping cats, cats on a chair, on a rug, etc. After a quick demonstration how to ‘sketch’ the cat face and get proportions right, the kids were eager to start on their own cats.

Details were added like stripes, patches, dots and  zig-zags . The cats could also be unreal and have details such as swirls, different shapes on them, etc. The pencil lines were outlined with a black marker and the cats colored in with oil pastels. If your students want to color in a purple cat, blue cat, let them go wild–this is art class!

The background was painted with watered down tempera paint and left to dry. Final details such as bows, ribbons in the ear and borders were done with scrap pieces of tissue paper.

Didn’t these turn out gorgeous?

My son's cat!

My son’s cat!

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