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Monday, October 22, 2012
Big, Messy, Fearless Owls - Part 1
I have nagged - I mean, offered my services - to S's 4th grade teacher this year as an art teacher twice a month. I am so very happy that she took me up on it as I am having a blast coming up with lesson plans and working with the class. Although I AM spending way too much time on Pinterest - purely for lesson plan research, I assure you. And that is where I saw these WONDERFUL charcoal and pastel owls on Art Dish with MJ. I just HAD to do this with the kids, especially after I found out that they were reading Guardians of Ga'hoole, and it's Fall, and I just REALLY wanted to do this project.
I even gave Miss L several different owl project idea examples and this is the one she really liked too. But then she said, "It looks hard however". I assured her, "Oh no, no, I can teach the kids...". But in reality I have NOT worked with charcoal much at all and (shhhhh....pastel chalk is not my favorite medium). But I REALLY wanted to make these owls!
So I gathered my trusty crew of guinea pigs - my 3 art maniac children - two days before I was to give the lesson (yes, procrastination is my middle name) and we sat down to see if this project was actually going to be possible.
S & R are twins and this is the first year that we have separated them into different classes. SO far they are doing just fine with that. But R was not so happy that I was doing an art class for S's and not her class. So I made sure to have her help with the samples and asked if I could share her finished owl as well. That appeased her for the moment....
Peelu had already helped me earlier and made the above owl. I thought it was pretty funny. And she of course insisted on making another owl with her older siblings.
Peelu exemplified the reason I am not a huge fan of charcoal or pastels - they are messy. But, I have to say, this lesson changed the way I feel about chalks as these darn owls were addicting once we started going and they came out so easy and quickly. I LOVED IT!
S's completed owl sample is above and R's is below. As I was making my second sample and helping the kids with theirs, I would stop and scribble furiously the directions I had just given them. Then I'd figure out something else I should add for teaching purposes and I'd scribble that down too. These were my how-to-give-the-lesson notes. HA! They were written in crayon on a scrap piece of paper with chalk and charcoal smudges all over it. I look like a professional alright!
I had all of us practice on some inexpensive textured charcoal paper 9x12 size. But then I realized I needed a good sample on the paper that the class would be using and of course to make sure it would still turn out okay on different paper. So I grabbed a blank 12x18 white construction paper that they have at school and made my big sample.
I must say that I am amazed how easy it was to make such a bold an fun piece of art. And addicting - did I say addicting - I think by the end of it I had made 5 or 6 "samples" on my own. But now....can I teach this to other kids?
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