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Flowers- Kindergarten art inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe and envisioned by Elizabeth
Optical Illusion Watercolor - 4th grade project developed by Janis
Click on Janis' PDF for the complete directions for black and white or multi-colored Optical Illusions.
Let's Go Fly a Kite - 1st grade project created by Carolyn
Mosaic Painting - 4th grade project designed by Kate
Community Pencil Drawing - a 5th grade project developed by Marsha
Click on the link to see the Community Drawing.
1 sheet of 11” by 16” white drawing paper for each student
1 pencil or charcoal for each student
- Give each student one sheet of paper and 1 pencil
- Ask students to draw 3 people on their sheets of paper and give them approximately 3 minutes to do this.
- Have them pass their drawings on to the person directly to their right. Ask the students to draw an animal on the drawings presently in front of them, and give them approximately 2 minutes to do this.
- Have them, in turn, pass their drawings on to the person directly to their right. Make a new request to draw any object that differs from the previous content, giving them approximately 2 minutes.
- Have them then pass their drawings on to the person directly to their right. Make yet another request to draw a general setting for the individual picture, giving them approximately 4 minutes to do this.
- Next, have them again pass their drawings on to the person directly to their right. Ask them to draw an additional three people, giving them approximately 3 minutes to do this.
- Pass the drawings one last time and ask them to come up with a story to share with the class about their drawing. Each story must include characters and setting. Give them about 3 minutes to think of a story. Take as long as needed to give everyone an opportunity to share their stories.
This activity was very similar to the one we did in class. As a 5th grade reading class, we have been reading stories in Storytown about community. We, as a class, came up with a working definition of what a community is: Community is a group of people who live in the same area or who have something in common with each other. We discussed how we are all a part of a community and the different people and surroundings that make up our community. We then discussed how every book and story told involves a community (characters and setting).
This was a very fun and thought provoking activity. Some students were very hesitant to pass their drawings on for someone else to draw on or add to, but eventually they all got into it and enjoyed it. My favorite part was the stories they developed. They were all very creative and fun. I think that this is an activity that I will continue to do from year-to-year with all grade levels to teach the concept of community, characters, and setting.
Kindergarten Mammal Sketches imagined by Tonya
6th grade Galaxies - inspired by the sky and designed by Mary
3rd Grade Reflected Profile - created by Liz
Drawing and Painting from Photographs - inspired by nature and realized by Kelley
I had my class draw and paint from photographs. We reviewed still life concepts and I modeled each procedure. I let each student choose their animal photograph. I gave them materials and let them go.
Blind Contour Line Drawing and Creating Line Designs using Repetitive Organic and Geometric Lines to Make Patterns - envisioned by Carolyn
In preparation for this lesson: I encourage teachers to do some experimenting and try doing their own blind contour lines. Try doing what you expect your students to do. This will help the teacher understands what difficulties they might encounter and how to advise their students.
Click the link to see both of Carolyn's lessons in detail. Contour Line Drawing and Make Patterns Lessons
Drawing the Face in Proper Proportion - designed by Pam
Here is what the students wrote when asked about the proper placement of our eyes, nose, ears, and mouth:
Click on the link to see Pam's lesson plan. 1st Grade Faces Lesson Plan