Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monet's Poplars on the wall

All the poplars made it up in front of Mrs. H's classroom! I love them even more seeing them all together!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Monet's Poplars

Monet's Poplars

Mrs. H's class just visited Monet and learned about his famous poplar series of paintings.

MATERIALS
9x12 white construction paper
tempera cakes
liquid tempera
paint brushes
foam texture brushes
tissues

 Monet's Poplars

We had examples of Monet's work and the kids looked at the colors he used in summer vs the colors he used in fall. They also pointed out the different lines of trees, landforms and the river Epte. First we made a curvy horizon line and mixed our chosen colors right on the paper. For the sky we used tissues to lift off color for clouds.

 Monet's Poplars

 Then we added our poplar trunks with black paint, making some look closer and some farther away.

 Monet's Poplars Monet's Poplars

Since Monet painted his poplars en plein-aire, during different times of the day and different seasons and different weather conditions, the kids experimented with all of those elements in their own paintings.

 Monet's Poplars Monet's Poplars

Finally the kids used our homemade foam texture brushes to dip into liquid tempera and dab on for the leaves.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Easy Mixed Media Trees

Mixed Media Trees Mixed Media Trees

Another super duper easy lesson - could be Fall or Winter...

Using 9x12 white construction paper and watercolors, make a cool background. Color washes, wet on wet color, splatter, wet water drops, salt techniques...have fun with the background. I did one in warm and one in cool colors. I waited until they dried completely - the next day. And then I created a tree two different ways.

Mixed Media Trees

With this tree I just used black watercolor and a straw. I painted a trunk and then blew the rest of the paint to create the branches.

 Mixed Media Trees

With this tree I just used a black sharpie. Easy and pretty cool looking if I do say so myself.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cezanne's Apples in Chalk

Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

I have been wanting to do some pastel chalk with Mrs. H's class and I thought Cezanne and a still life might be the ticket.

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I worked up a few samples above on different colored construction paper to see what they looked like. I decided to offer the kids brown, red, lavender and blue as their paper color choice. I showed them the difference the paper color can make on depth and shading with the chalks. I also thought it gave their still lifes a bit of an antique look. We had a little powerpoint about Cezanne and away we went.

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

We looked at many different examples of his still lifes but we studied his "Still Life with Seven Apples", 1878

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

Since we had not done chalks before I did a little tutorial on how to use them AND how NOT to use them. You never know how younger kids will take to the pastel chalks. I don't usually set my expectations for a first time chalk lesson really high because there is so much experimentation on their part as they get used to the medium. But this class surprised the heck out of me! They were amazing.

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

We went in steps together. First we chose a red, orange or yellow pastel to draw our apples. We went over each apple in Cezanne's work and noticed that some were overlapping and we noticed how much you could see of each apple.

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

 Then we talked about the color in each apple and how we might combine that and blend our colors.

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

 Then we created a shadow where the stem was and drew our stem and outlined our apples in black or dark gray.

 Cezanne's Apples in Pastel Chalks

We then decided what color we would use for the background. How would it create contrast? They could not use any of the same colors they used in the apples. We talked about blending with our fingertips up to our apples instead of running right over them with sloppy coloring marks. And finally talked about where the light was coming from and where that would put the shadow. A backwards "C" was demonstrated for the shadows. We also went over any lines that we needed to make stand out more.

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These might just be one of my favorite projects to date. I was so impressed with this group of second graders (many of whom had never tried actual pastel chalks before)!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Color-Mixing Fall Trees

Color Mixing Fall Trees

Easy Fall color mixing art project.

 Color Mixing Fall Trees

9x12 or 12x18 white construction paper, oil pastels or crayons.

 Color Mixing Fall Trees

Use sponges cut into little leaf shapes. Yellow paint first.

 Color Mixing Fall Trees

Then you can follow lightly with magenta or red and the colors makes an orange.

 Color Mixing Fall Trees
You can also do magenta and blue for a violet color mixing lesson. Quick & Easy!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Printed Leaves with Pastel Echo Lines

Printed Leaves with Pastel Echo Lines
Wow did this project come together easier than I thought!
Printed Leaves with Pastel Echo Lines

MATERIALS
9x12 Black Construction Paper
White Tempera Paint
Paintbrushes
Oils Pastels
Fall Leaves (freshly fallen, not crunchy)

We had a little powerpoint on leaves and their shapes. I passed out leaves to each table and we examined their shape and form. First I demonstrated how to paint the veiny backside of the leaves and then how to press them on the paper to leave a clear print. Then they got started.

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I thought we'd have more blobby prints with too much paint. But they printed their leaves magnificently! We let them dry while I then demonstrated how to do the echo lines with the pastels.

 Printed Leaves with Pastel Echo Lines Printed Leaves with Pastel Echo Lines

We discussed drawing some echo lines in warm colors around certain leaves and then cool colors around other leaves. For the most part they got it.

  Printed Leaves with Pastel Echo Lines

But they all turned out pretty fabulous, don't you think?

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