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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E Book Giveaway!

A collage of inspiration

I was recently chatting with my friend Lucille who lives and teaches in Tokyo. She is a music teacher and I guess due to cut backs at her school, was given the ‘Art Teacher’ position on top of her other duties. She was very thankful that she could turn to my blog and e-books for inspiration. This conversation made me realize how powerful internet and blogging really is and the positive impact it can have on others all over the world. Lucille’s and all the other wonderful comments, I receive here at Art Lessons For Kids from people all over the world make this effort to blog so worth while. Knowing that my ideas can help fellow instructors in some way lessen their planning load puts a HUGE smile on my face.

We all know that back to school planning can be a little overwhelming as we are trying to get back into the groove of things, right? I am still trying to avoid it! 🙂 I also know that many of you out there including first year teachers, home school parents and anyone teaching art to young children could use a little help now. I want to make your life a little easier!

I will be giving away a copy of one my downloadable e-book  tutorials. To enter, leave a comment on this post by midnight Tuesday, August 23. Be sure to have a link to Art Lessons for Kids on your blog or website to be eligible. I will announce the winner on Wednesday, August 25. The winner will get to choose the e-book of their choice!

Have a great year of teaching and please send me some of your planning vibes so I can get started too!

Clay Fun in Elementary

I was finally able to teach some fun clay lessons with all my students.  There was a whole lot of pinching, rolling, punching, and coiling as each grade level explored and made gorgeous creations out of clay.  I found an … Continue reading